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At this point, I think this is every bit as much bike as I need but I am getting a bit bored without a bike to work on. I think the task of switching parts and rebuilding would be the best part for me.
Biggest weight savings were in this order:
1. Wheels. Went from 2100 gram Aksiums to a set of Kinlin XR19's I built laced to Bikehubstore hubs, ~1300 grams. 800 grams saving.
2. Fork. Stock fork is well over 600 grams. Grabbed a generic full carbon fork off ebay for ~$70. 250 grams weight saving.
3. Saddle. This doesn't apply to you, but I upgraded him from a really heavy Selle Italia Condor, over 400 grams, down to a standard Fizik Arione, and saved at least 150 grams.
The rest of his componentry wasn't all that light anyway, but the bike is now at a solid 16.2 lbs and did not cost much to do so.
For you, I'd recommend wheels. Just grab a set of Kinlins from Bikehubstore and you won't regret it. Fork comes next, you can probably get a full carbon fork from aliexpress or ebay for <100 and it'll save you at least 250 grams.
Its been a few months since I posted anything about the bike. Got some Zipp 340 wheels from the marketplace last week and am on the hunt for tubular tyres to fit on them now. Seller claimed ~1200 g weight but I will confirm that when I go back to school early next month.
I also picked up a kitchen scale on sale and have begun dismantling the bike to weigh each component. Hopefully this will help me identify where the biggest weight savings will be. Fork will definitely be the next upgrade as the stock fork with starnut installed is 590 g! Stem came in at 161 g (26 g over claimed). It, along with FD and brakes, will probably follow. All depends on which deals pop up on ebay and when.
Pics of the new wheels (on and off scale) should be posted in the first week of January. Expecting close to 600 g of weight savings here.
I scour ebay daily for both bikes now that I am better off financially. Someday i'll find them and rebuild them just as they were.
What size is that frame? If its my size I call dibs on it for when you get rid of it!
I inspected the wheels for any cracks or blemishes but they appear to be solid and in good condition. A full carbon fork will be next on my list.
This is how they were sold to me. I was always a bit skeptical of the claimed weight on them but they were confirmed over the holidays to be just under 200 grams. Not sure of the exact brand because I bought them with no logos but I listed them as I was informed at time of sale.
I have contacted the seller and he has offered to take the wheel back, refunding part of the purchase price. Hopefully things go better from here. Now I am just out the price of shipping and left with just 246 g weight savings (most of the weight was lost in the rear wheel over my old wheelset, sadly). Looks like I will now be on the hunt for a new rear wheel.
As this is only the second part in this build which I have bought online and had shipped, it is a little discouraging. Hopefully ebay will yield a good find in the near future.
I still need to cut the streerer tube and possibly get a lighter expander but as is, I have just dropped 247 g from the bike.
Any suggestions on a light weight expander?
Bike looks great. Bet it rides really nice too!
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