How much does your gravel bike weigh? (why are they so heavy?)

Especially for light weight issues concerning cyclocross / touring bikes & parts.

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gSporco
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by gSporco

Aspero 51cm - Eagle AXS, Quarq PM, Force Levers, easton cockpit and wheels

With 32mm GK slicks 7.1 Kgs
With 38mm GK SK and SpD pedals 7.3KG

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saldegracia
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by saldegracia

I have a Fuji Jari Carbon in size 61 (claimed frame weight under 1000g) which was about 10.3kg new with SRAM Rival 1x, inhouse components, FSA Omega crank, heavy wheels and 43mm (tubed) Gravelking SK, XT pedals

I have since gone tubeless and swapped the bar and stem for parts I still had (Easton EA90 stem, EC70 42cm bars) and the FSA cranks for a 2nd hand SRAM Red. The Fuji seatpost was replaced by 130g Elita One and I replaced about 30 or so unused bolts with plastic screws.

I am down to about 9.4kg now but have a pair of Farsports gravel wheels on the way which should get me down to 8.7 at least. But that's where it will realistically stop for me at this point. I don't really want to change the Rival components as they work pretty flawlessly, but whenever they need replacing I'll go for something lighter. I could also save quite some weight on the tires but I just like the Gravelkings in 43 too much. 8.7 isn't too bad for a bike that can pretty much go anywhere, though...and it wasn't the most expensive either. I paid just over 2000 Euros in an end of season sale plus the new components and wheels of course...so still under 3000 with quite a bit of weight optimization potential left ;)
Canyon Aeroad, Votec VRC, Fuji Jari Carbon, Sensa Fermo SL, Principia R700, Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra, Ciöcc Singlespeed

yinya
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by yinya

8.8kg Carbonda 505, G-One speed on Ritchey Zeta WCS wheels and cheapest Ritchey stem/bar/headset, Empire STIs, GRX rear der, 105 front der, rotor 3d crank with power, spyre brakes


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rides4beer
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by rides4beer

My Giant Revolt is about 8kg with a few upgrades, nothing super weight weenie, because I'm 83kg and I ride/race it hard, so I don't want to worry about a lightweight component failing offroad.

iwallake
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by iwallake

My Large aspero is 20lbs
GRX 2x - dura ace rings, xxx light seat post, carbon romin, pro3v wheels, gravel king TL, xxx light bars and stem, 11/34 ultergra cassettee.
My large Kanzo Fast is 19lbs
Grx1x, RSL37vtrl, r3 with tubes, xt 11/42, carbon romin

Dont really know how to make both lighter
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JMeinholdt
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by JMeinholdt

My 3T Exploro in size S is about 8.8kg. The biggest thing for me right now is that I'm using tubes currently until my non-tubeless tires wear out. Once I switch to tubeless I'll be able to drop ~300g.
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kode54
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by kode54

My Factor LS is 7.0kg with 35mm G-One speed tires on G23 wheels.

edit: this includes pedal, Spurcycle bell, hydro GRX sub brake levers and a Lupine SL A lamphead mounted in front of headtube.
- Factor 02 VAM Disc
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spdntrxi
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by spdntrxi

kode54 wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:33 pm
My Factor LS is 7.0kg with 35mm G-One speed tires on G23 wheels.

edit: this includes pedal, Spurcycle bell, hydro GRX sub brake levers and a Lupine SL A lamphead mounted in front of headtube.
I could get down there myself (parlee z0-xd w/ Enve 4.5AR and BonJons)... but adding the suspension stem and electronic dropper all those hopes and dream flew out the window.
2019 BMC TM01 Road UCI config 7.36kg

dbzznlqbqft
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by dbzznlqbqft

My Giant Revolt is about 7.3kg (7.1 kg w/o pedals), I used darimo, extralite, farsports to get my weight down.

I would say the current UT R8050 is very heavy, one pair of shifter's weight over 500 grams, the 11-34 cassette weighs over 300 grams, which both are certainly terrible. One thing more terrible is that I never use 30/34 ring, for me 11-28 is enough.
The praxis crankset weighs over 600 grams, and the shifting is not satisfying plus some awful noisy sounds from BB.
The seatpost clamp is also such a failure, it's heavy, difficult to adjust, and not replaceable.

I plan to use DA 9270 to replace UT 8050, except for the crankset. (estimated saving over 350g replacing shifting parts and cassette)
For the crankset, I am thinking either thm+extralite or incolor's skypivot. (estimated saving nearly 200g)

My long term plan is to get my gravel bike under 6.8kg with pedals.

kode54
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by kode54

I’m running Ultegra 11/32T cassette. I could definitely drop some weight going w another cassette like S 1190. DA only goes up to 11/30T and have a few extra teeth helps on punchy climbs. I looked at Sroad 11/32T for about $80 and 214g. Not sure how it’ll shift but the Ultegra shifts well currently so not looking to mix it up with a noisy drivetrain. I may try it just to see if it does since it’s not as pricey as the 1190.
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- Factor LS Disc
- Sturdy Ti Allroad Disc
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RDY
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by RDY

dbzznlqbqft wrote:
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:50 am
My Giant Revolt is about 7.3kg (7.1 kg w/o pedals), I used darimo, extralite, farsports to get my weight down.

I would say the current UT R8050 is very heavy, one pair of shifter's weight over 500 grams, the 11-34 cassette weighs over 300 grams, which both are certainly terrible. One thing more terrible is that I never use 30/34 ring, for me 11-28 is enough.
The praxis crankset weighs over 600 grams, and the shifting is not satisfying plus some awful noisy sounds from BB.
The seatpost clamp is also such a failure, it's heavy, difficult to adjust, and not replaceable.

I plan to use DA 9270 to replace UT 8050, except for the crankset. (estimated saving over 350g replacing shifting parts and cassette)
For the crankset, I am thinking either thm+extralite or incolor's skypivot. (estimated saving nearly 200g)

My long term plan is to get my gravel bike under 6.8kg with pedals.
I'm about to build up my Revolt.

Would be curious to see a photo of it or others?

Re: the Giant seat clamp, I'm surprised they don't use injection moulded carbon. It'd be much lighter and would be far less likely to damage the seat tube or seat post.

Not sure Darimo seatpost would be where I'd put my money. Stock one on my frameset was sub 150g, and cutting excess could probably drop it to 125g in my case. But maybe you had the older heavier seatpost design.

spartacus
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by spartacus

Wow you guys have some really light ones.

kervelo
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by kervelo

spartacus wrote:
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:30 pm
Wow you guys have some really light ones.
I think the WW forum does not give a good idea of the weight of an average gravel bike. The granfondo magazine, issue 016 compares 13 gravel bikes and the calculated average weight of those bikes is 8,76 kgs.
https://granfondo-cycling.com/

calleking
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by calleking

My Focus Mares CX size 54 with 8050 DI2 is at 8kg.

Entry level cockpit, deda superzero seat post, budget shimano wheels, gravel King slicks 35mm tubeless, xt pedals, standard elite bottle cages, 50/34 DA 9000 crankset and ultegra 11-34 cassette.

I could easily save 600-700 grams swapping out wheels and cockpit. Maybe something from farsports/light bicycle around 40mm.
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Marin
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by Marin

kervelo wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:29 am
I think the WW forum does not give a good idea of the weight of an average gravel bike. The granfondo magazine, issue 016 compares 13 gravel bikes and the calculated average weight of those bikes is 8,76 kgs.
https://granfondo-cycling.com/
And that's without pedals, so the real average is 9kg+

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