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I ran it in a variation of that spec for a while and but loads of miles into it. As more weight came off me and I got fitter and faster I started to consider the weight of the bike more and ended up lurking on here reading lots of interesting builds and tips and tricks to shed weight. As I got fitter my position on the bike changed too. I now run the stem with no spacers and the saddle slightly higher. Here it is with the steerer cut, Planet-X skewers, Look Keo carbons, Michelin ProRace 3s and a stripped Selle Italia SLR. Weight at this point was 8,860g
I then bought a used kinesis KR-810 frame to start to build a more focused build. Unfortunately due to a misunderstanding I bought completely the wrong size frame. At this point I considered just taking the easy option and buying a Supersix with SRAM Red as a much easier basis to start Weenie-ing from. However, I've decided to stick with the alu Trek for now and lighten that a bit more. There's a certain perverse pleasure I get from modifying something mundane to make it perform better. I was also inspired by some of the CAAD10 builds that show how far a bike can go even with a 'humble' alu frame. Trek get bashed, but although this bike is far from being fashionable, my experience of it has proved it to be a dependable and robust entry to road cycling. I actually like how stiff it is too and it fits me really well.
The red tape was due for the annual swap - so I fitted some black Deda stuff. I'm trying to reduce the overly graphic look that Trek favour and can hopefully reduce all the logos etc to make it look a bit more classy.
Next up, and the place I could easily get the biggest gains was the wheels. I wanted to stick with clinchers and really wanted something with a black brake track. Eventually I settled on Mavic R-Sys SLRs. Weight is now 8,070g.
That's it for now. I'm accumulating parts ready to go on though and will update as I fit things. I'm still not ruling out a swap over to a Supersix frame in the future but for now am going to enjoy building this up.
I've got a 2012 XG 1090 cassette on the way which is obviously compatible with both, but have just replaced my bottom bracket with a DA 7900 one (Hollowtech II). I really need to make a decision before I go much further. If I go red I'll need obv need a different BB. As much as red is tempting for the weight I love the functionality of Shimano and worry I won't like the double-tap as much.
I'd suggest test riding a bike with SRAM to see how you feel about it. From a budget WW perspective it's nice because it is both lighter and cheaper than 7900.
Here's a comparison between SLR Tekno and regular SLR with the leather and padding removed:
The problem I now have is that the Tekno's rails aren't round - they are taller than they're wide to add strength when clamped conventionally. However the Bontrager seatpost is a side-clamp so the saddle doesn't fit.
Luckily I've got a new 112g seatpost on the way to me too...
I'd toss a set of SRAM Force on there. While doing that, I'd also weigh the bars, stem and post to see what gains can be made there. Probably at least 100g if you're willing to go with carbon bars. Williams has some cheap, light, functional stuff that I've been happy with.
I'm assuming the fork has an aluminum steer tube? That's a lot of weight there.
Group set I've decided will be SRAM Red. I know Rival or Force would fit the budget of the frame more, but I think I'll need all the help I can to get it <6.8kg. I also envisage the parts I fit swapping on to a higher end frame in the future.
I've already got a SRAM Red XG1090 cassette ready to fit once I've decided on a new chain - I haven't decided between SRAM, KCNC or maybe another option - any advice Weenies?
Red over DA is definitely the way to go if weight is of utmost importance. Sharp looking bicycle already!
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Have breached the 8kg mark.
Still awaiting the arrival of my new post - that with my new saddle should lose another 100g+. Have ordered a KMC X10SL chain too. Should hopefully leave me with circa 1kg to lose to hit target weight.
More importantly - my wife still sees the same bike...
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