So what have other clydesdales experienced in either buying or building a strong, clyde-worthy bike, and what, if anything have you done from the standpoint of keeping it at a respectable weight, yet strong enought to handle abuse associated with rider weight?
Just got the chance to weigh my Jami 2.0 XLT - 33lbs 4ozs. (we don't talk about the Stinky-it simply is what it is, whatever that is)
That was off an airline baggage scale (fairly accurate). Kinda depressing to actually "know" now ~ was more fun to think it might
be about 30, lol... I could lose a 1lb+ by replacing the 'zocchi Z1 FR ETA fork, but I spent alot of time tuning that thing in on my last frame & it works great, plus saving a lb or 2 on the bike really isn't going to make that much diff in my riding. Plus I had it - so save $600 for me - cha-ching!
Not a weightweenie, but I do think lighter is better - as long as it works. In 20 some yrs of MtBing I've never had alot of problems with parts other than wheelsets & BB/crankarms, but, I've never tried to use superlight XC parts either. To "fix" the 2 areas I've had issues with ~
~Wheelsets - I've found that XT hubs work fine for me (have used XTR's as well with no issues in the past other than $) 36holes are the only way to go IMO & are bulletproof for my, "AM" ride most anything within reason, "XC" bike. Strong rims, but not DH rims. My XLT rides on Mavic EX721's which have been great rims - very strong, not too heavy.
~BB/crank - A few years ago I got disgusted with buying 2-3 BB's a year & "invested" in a Profile Racing crankset (now have 'em on both bikes). Truely in the top 5 best things I've ever bought! I'm a believer in the "leg propotional long-arm crank" theory & Profile offers 190's off the shelf (& will make something else if you ask). The 4 bearing BB has proven very durable once you set it right (you must face/shim the shell to exactly
68/73mm. Do that & the bearings last "forever", bind them with >0.5mm wrong spacing & you won't get 200mi out of them). The Ti spindle saves a 1/4lb & with it, the weight of the whole set is within grams (ok, an oz +/-) of the "new" XT hollowtech crankset/BB, but with "clydeproof", long chromoly crankarms. I was concerned about using the Ti spindle since Profile sells it with no warrenty, but it's proven itself as a non-issue in over 4yrs of riding. (since learned the reason they don't warrent the Ti spindle isn't a "bending" issue, rather a large portion of their customer base (kids - BMX) can't read or follow instructions & were not using any anti-sieze on the Ti threads or splines. Hence they were cold-welding the chromoly arms or arm retaining bolts to the Ti spindle, then claiming it was a "warrenty issue", when it was really their own anally inept mechanic skills.)
Other than that, it's weight aware
, not weight-weenie
. ie - gripshifts over triggers = an oz+, 25.4 bar/stem saves gms over the new 31.8's, etc