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On the pricing I've actually spent another 320€ on parts (but chance of a lifetime price, nearly new) so at the moment I'm up to 770€ but Ive got lots of parts to sell from the bike and additions from the purchases. Wheels came with skewers, lock ring, tyres and tubes. Tyres sold for 26€ already, Pedals came with a spare set of keo classics . So once I've sold the 2 surplus lock rings, 2 sets of surplus skewers. Old campag ventos already sold for 95€ still on bids on ebay france plus keo sprint and classic pedals, that should come down by at least 180€ to 590€ for a 6.9kg bike including pedals.
Just as an aside the benefits are not just weight, Old Campag vento front wheel spins for 15 seconds before stopping. New Pro-lite Bracciano front spins for an incredible 5 mins 40 secs before stopping full rotations and then continues seesawing for 2 minutes just down to the weight of the valve. Can't wait to give them a try!
The full bike weight, including pedals is now 6.9kg! (weighed with me on the digital bathroom scales and my weight deducted) Think I'll get a digital luggage balance to check with greater accuracy.
Still waiting on delivery of the uniQ ti skewers (42g) and the token 11T campag lock ring (5g). Existing one weigh 130g together, so if the advertised weights are accurate should save another 83g
Hurry up Postie!
My spreadsheet is showing 7.2kilos for under a grand (including giant TCR carbon frame and fork) and there are some overestimations in the list because I want a rideable bike -comfort over weight in some spots) even though I could shave some serious weight in some other spots even without tuning.
Time to add a photo I think!
The journey and scouring for parts to put together your own custom build within your own constraints is definitely half the attraction of cycling for me. Any time spent off the bike and the obsession gets worse Sometimes it is easy to wish for unlimited money in putting a build together but it is far more satisfying to see how far you can push the boundaries within your own budget.
I'm guessing that the builds mentioned are using secondhand parts? For me, riding MTB, having a warranty and knowing someone hasn't ragged the hell out of a WW part features in my constraints. Trying to build light and cheap from new parts is a whole other challenge! Best I've managed is sub 8kg full sus MTB for £2000, which although is a lot of money is a damn light bike with all new parts for such a bike.
The beauty of all of this is that everyone's goals and restrictions can be different but is equally rewarding The only downside (as you've already mentioned) is you soon realise dropping just a few more g's gets very expensive very quickly and a budget can go right out of the window!
In most cases I've then sold the old pieces for nearly as much as I paid for the upgrade parts. So, by choosing lesser known but quality parts or less common bike specs you can keep the price way down. Final example Xpedo Thrust ti pedals - hardly known in cycling circles, lighter than Look Keo Carbon ti blades, made by Wellgo so solid reputation for quality, Trying hard to break the stranglehold of Look, Time etc on the road pedal market. Used for 2 rides only, mint condition but bought for half the list price including a second set of Look keo classic pedals, which bizarrely also limits the amount of bidders.
I've worked out that to buy all the parts new would cost over €3600 so to me €590 is well worth it of such a high spec bike.
I've now made up an 11-27 cassette weighing 150g or an 11-30 weighing 225g using a Marchisio 30T ring. Swapped my chain over as although the SRAM and Yaban weigh the same, the SRAM is higher quality in terms of performance and durability.
Boy did I need the 30T ring last week going up Le Grand Colombier!
Currently selling off the excess cassettes and parts on ebay france for around 180€
I live in a pretty remote area in already pretty remote Malaysia so I easily spend 30% of the actual cost of my bike on shipping alone, damn. Not to mention the difficulty of sourcing quality used parts!
But I have to admit I follow a totally opposite philosophy... Upgrade ASAP and stop lurking around on the internet and get out the house on the bike! That's probably just me staring at the computer for parts over actually riding
Have photos of the bike on the scales but can't seem to attach them to the post? Any clues anyone?
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