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Ok, so my parents have given me some money for Christmas. $175 to spend, so not a lot. Obviously I'm gonna buy bike stuff. I'm debating on the best thing to buy.

I need some cold weather riding stuff, but I think my in-laws are getting me that.

I need new cranks, currently riding on stock 2003 Specialized Strongarm II with original bottom bracket, starting to creak a bit, and really heavy---I can pick up a XT-752 crankset and BB from jenson for $120(880 grams), and while I'm at it, get a XT cassette to replace the original LX and a new SRAM hollowpin chain. Should save me a lot of weight, and spend all the money.

I also need new shoes and pedals. My old Nike shoes (lace-ups....) are starting to come apart a little bit, and my pedals(old ritchey's) are wearing out(play in the shafts). I'd like to stay with a shimano compatible pedal, since I have those type pedals on my road bike. I use the same shoes on both. Shimano 540's? But I find myself wanting a little more float, my knees get sore sometimes. So maybe Time pedals for the MTB, and wear the old shoes on the road? Or eggbeaters, but I hear they're a lot wider, which is bad for the knees, true? I like the looks of the 661 Peak shoes(but no reviews on MTBR) from Jenson,($80), then spend the rest on the pedals.

I also need a new saddle, as I'm currently using a Serfas Dual Density Pro that got into a little accident. The rails got bent, and now the very front two inches is angled down, and the rest of the saddle is flat but isn't quite long enough in the front, which kinda puts a pressure point right where the tip angles down. I could also save maybe a couple hundred grams here. I'm looking for a comfortable lightweight saddle. Maybe a Selle San Marco Aspide Ti, or a Selle Italia SLR Ti. But I'd have money left over, what to do with it?

So any advice? What would be the most helpful, cost effective purchase? I figure I'll wind up replacing this stuff round about on my own, but what should I buy quickest to take advantage of the christmas money?
 

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how about:

ultegra cassette, $50, ~200 gms
wellgo titanium spd pedals, $40, ~250gms (might be hard to find, my local performance shop has them sitting in a clearance bin)
fsa slk carbon saddle, $60, ~160 gms
shimano hg chain, $10, cheap, reliable, easy to work on, not a realistic or cost effective weight savings area.
duct tape, free (just look in your garage/shop/old man's tool box)
regrease your bb/cranks
tax/shipping, ~$15, 0 gms

source the items through performance and cambria (price match from one or the other). duct tape your shoes.
 

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How much that Strongarm II and bb weigh?

Andrew-FSR said:
I need new cranks, currently riding on stock 2003 Specialized Strongarm II with original bottom bracket, starting to creak a bit, and really heavy---I can pick up a XT-752 crankset and BB from jenson for $120(880 grams), and while I'm at it, get a XT cassette to replace the original LX and a new SRAM hollowpin chain. Should save me a lot of weight, and spend all the money.
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I got Stump HT from 2003 with Strongarm II crankset.
Which bike do you have and how did you determine the weight of your present crankset and bb ? I think I once saw the Strongarm II on the "listings" from the weightwiene sight.

Whats the combined weight of that and the bb.......and is that bb in the listings?

How much savings in weight versus 880 grams?

By the way, If you have the same type of OEM LX cassette that I got with the bike, then it is really heavy. My OEM cassette was called a LX cassette but it weighed about 430 grams. I called Specialized about it but they said.......Its still a LX cassettte even though it weighed about 60 to 90 grams more then the LX cassettes you buy online.

Another thing, is I don't understand why they sell two different LX cassettes in online stores.... different weights, different model numbers and still called LX........
How come?

Wanted to get a XT but saw a LX in the store for only $29 bucks so bought it.
Cheapo dude won out over weight dude... :p
 

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According to what I found on weight weenies, the total weight for the oem bb and cranks(ES-30 and Strongarm II) is just over 1000 grams!!! So going with the XT crankset and ES-71 bb at 880 grams total, that would save just over 120 grams(over a quarter pound). A new XT cassette weighs 264 grams, and if the oem cassette weighs 430 grams, that's a savings of 166 grams. You might as well replace the chain, too. The oem chain was an HG-73, 350 grams, a SRAM hollow-pin is only 280 grams, there's another 70 grams saved. So by replacing cranks and bb, chain and cassette, I could save an estimated 362 grams(.8 pounds), and it's all rotational. Does all that seem right for you more accomplished WW's? If so, I like it!!!
 

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Andrew-FSR said:
Ok, so my parents have given me some money for Christmas. $175 to spend, so not a lot. Obviously I'm gonna buy bike stuff. I'm debating on the best thing to buy.

I also need new shoes and pedals. My old Nike shoes (lace-ups....) are starting to come apart a little bit, and my pedals(old ritchey's) are wearing out(play in the shafts). I'd like to stay with a shimano compatible pedal, since I have those type pedals on my road bike. I use the same shoes on both. Shimano 540's? But I find myself wanting a little more float, my knees get sore sometimes. So maybe Time pedals for the MTB, and wear the old shoes on the road? Or eggbeaters, but I hear they're a lot wider, which is bad for the knees, true? I like the looks of the 661 Peak shoes(but no reviews on MTBR) from Jenson,($80), then spend the rest on the pedals.
I've been really impressed by the Exustar E-PM25Ti magnesium body, titanium spindle pedals I recently bought. Exactly 105 grams each, great float, they're very sexy looking and they work at least as good as good overall as Shimano 959s. Get them from Nino here in the classifieds or from the guy in Hong Kong on ebay where I got mine. That is my suggestion, Merry Christmas. :D



https://cgi.ebay.com/EXUSTAR-Extra-...ryZ36137QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
https://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bi...sults_format=long&db_id=93980&query=retrieval
 

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You have quite a list there. And quite a few needs.

I would separate the list into needs vs. wants.

Replace what needs replacing, and whatever is left (if any) look at wants.

Replacing a problem part feels just as good as adding a new blingy or lighter wieght part, and it keeps ya ridin.

Mr. P
 

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OK except for the chain weight

Andrew-FSR said:
According to what I found on weight weenies, the total weight for the oem bb and cranks(ES-30 and Strongarm II) is just over 1000 grams!!! So going with the XT crankset and ES-71 bb at 880 grams total, that would save just over 120 grams(over a quarter pound). A new XT cassette weighs 264 grams, and if the oem cassette weighs 430 grams, that's a savings of 166 grams. You might as well replace the chain, too. The oem chain was an HG-73, 350 grams, a SRAM hollow-pin is only 280 grams, there's another 70 grams saved. So by replacing cranks and bb, chain and cassette, I could save an estimated 362 grams(.8 pounds), and it's all rotational. Does all that seem right for you more accomplished WW's? If so, I like it!!!
Not sure where you are getting the chain weight at 350 grams... Seems like all the ones I see listed are under 300 grams.
Unless you are weighing the actual one you have on your bike. Still, not sure why it would weigh 350 grams unless you are weighing it in the box prior to removing some of the excess links.
 

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I agree with Mr.P!

You have worn down or broken equipment!!!! Stop dreaming of cranks and stuff, it they still work well...

Replace your shoes, saddle and pedals before looking elsewhere!!!! :rolleyes: And while you are at it, you could buy reasonably light parts to replace them! Then you replace what really NEEDS to be replaced and lose weight at the same time!!!

You don't have a lot of $$ to spend, so be smart about it and replace what NEEDS to be replaced so you can ride! Or you won't be riding long that bike with the nice XT crank and XT casette... with a broken saddle, pedals, and torn shoes...

Luego!
 

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first buy new shoes; take those that fit and feel good. Second service your pedals (they are made by wellgo) by cleaning and regreasing, if done right it makes a big difference. Third get a new saddle! You can buy a slr through ebay without spending too much $$$
 
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