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I've been trying to make my bike lighter but doesn't really seem to really work out well.
What can I do to lighten this bike of mine without breaking the bank?!!?

I weigh in at 200lbs and one thing i'm sure is that I can't really sacrifice weight for durability here..

Kind weight weenie souls out there.. do help..

This is my bike setup.

Frame: Klein Attitude Comp 19.2"
Fork: Fox F80RLT '05
Rims: DT Swiss XR4.1
Spokes: DT competition
Hubs: Chris King Classic
Skewers: Hope steel skewers
Tires: Continental Supersonic
Stem: Ritchey WCS 110mm
Handlebar: K Bear Bone Scandium bar
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
Bar Ends: ControlTech Carbon Stumpy Ends
Brake Levers: Avid SD7
Brake Calipers: Avid SD7
Shifters: Shimano XTR Rapid Fire 2002(indicators removed)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6mm
Saddle: San Marco Aspide NanoFlex
SeatClamp: Hope 36.4mm QR
Cranks: Shimano XTR M960
Front derailluer: Shimano XTR
Rear derailluer: Shimano XTR
Chain: YBN hollow pin Chain
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34t
Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy SL
Tubes: Cheng Shin tubes

I'm comtemplating changing my levers to Extralite Ultralevers, and my calipers to FRM DP4Ti.
And also my wheelset to other lighter rims out there.

Please guys, Do load me with as much info as possible.
I really hope to make my bike at least 8kg?

Thanks for any help. Really do appreciate it.
 

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Mr_CK said:
I've been trying to make my bike lighter but doesn't really seem to really work out well.
What can I do to lighten this bike of mine without breaking the bank?!!?

I weigh in at 200lbs and one thing i'm sure is that I can't really sacrifice weight for durability here..

Kind weight weenie souls out there.. do help..

This is my bike setup.

Frame: Klein Attitude Comp 19.2"
Fork: Fox F80RLT '05
Rims: DT Swiss XR4.1
Spokes: DT competition
Hubs: Chris King Classic
Skewers: Hope steel skewers
Tires: Continental Supersonic
Stem: Ritchey WCS 110mm
Handlebar: K Bear Bone Scandium bar
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
Bar Ends: ControlTech Carbon Stumpy Ends
Brake Levers: Avid SD7
Brake Calipers: Avid SD7
Shifters: Shimano XTR Rapid Fire 2002(indicators removed)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6mm
Saddle: San Marco Aspide NanoFlex
SeatClamp: Hope 36.4mm QR
Cranks: Shimano XTR M960
Front derailluer: Shimano XTR
Rear derailluer: Shimano XTR
Chain: YBN hollow pin Chain
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34t
Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy SL
Tubes: Cheng Shin tubes

I'm comtemplating changing my levers to Extralite Ultralevers, and my calipers to FRM DP4Ti.
And also my wheelset to other lighter rims out there.

Please guys, Do load me with as much info as possible.
I really hope to make my bike at least 8kg?

Thanks for any help. Really do appreciate it.

Remove bar ends or replace with lighter plastic ones:
Switch brake levers
Remove those Humongous tube caps
Perfomrance Lunar light tubes if yours aren' in the 90-100g range
Change to bolt on Skewers
Stem to Syntace F99 sicne you're already running a WCS...
Not sure about what rims to suggest at your weight...
Change spokes to Sapim CX-Ray's

How tall are you?
I'd just ride the bike.
Theres a breaking point between the benefits of bike weight loss..
22lbs isn't that heavy for a geared mtb at your weight.

IMO you'd only be spending money for money's sake after this point :rolleyes:
 

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Remove bar ends or replace with lighter plastic ones:
Switch brake levers
Remove those Humongous tube caps
Perfomrance Lunar light tubes if yours aren' in the 90-100g range
Change to bolt on Skewers
Stem to Syntace F99 sicne you're already running a WCS...

How tall are you?
I'd just ride the bike.
Theres a breaking point between the benefits of bike weight loss..
22lbs isn't that heavy for a geared mtb at your weight.
Hi mtb_biker,
I'm 1.87m tall.
I wanna keep the bar ends on, cause it really helps when i'm climbing yea?

a Syntace F99 isn't lighter than the WCS if i'm not wrong?
cause my stem weighs in at 100gms for 110mm while the Syntace F99 is 106gms for the 105mm.

what are tube caps?! :)
 

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Hi mtb_biker,
I'm 1.87m tall.
I wanna keep the bar ends on, cause it really helps when i'm climbing yea?

a Syntace F99 isn't lighter than the WCS if i'm not wrong?
cause my stem weighs in at 100gms for 110mm while the Syntace F99 is 106gms for the 105mm.

what are tube caps?! :)
Do you have a digital scale? you might shoot yourself if you weighed all your parts :)

WCS actual weight = 135-140g

http://weightweenies.starbike.com ...

You could also change your housing/cables to lighter stuff... Tune/etc
as well as your V-brakes to lots of stuff.. SD7 V-brakes are not light
as well as removing your quick realase seat clamp w/extra light clamp

I'd bet your bike is closer to 23-24 lbs :)
 

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Do you have a digital scale? you might shoot yourself if you weighed all your parts :)

WCS actual weight = 135-140g

http://weightweenies.starbike.com ...

You could also change your housing/cables to lighter stuff... Tune/etc
Haha.
yes mtbbiker, I weighed the stem before. it came in at 104gms.
I don't have the picture but it was 4 gms heavier than stated.

the stem you were talking about is a few years back. The current one is even lighter than Syntace.
Tried and tested. :) Because i have friends using Syntace also.
No mods were done on either stems. we weighed them both. the Ritchey came is 4 gms lighter.
 

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Hey how do you like you tires? Do you use them just for race or everyday trail rides?
 

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yes gripshift, I like my tires very much.
they are very light. weighing in at 350gms.

and the side knobs are tall, allowing me to corner like never before.

Mtb_biker,
I like to cycle at night, so the rear blinker does have its use also.

seriously, I don't know how durable it will be at that weight range. i have been fantisizing day in and out thinking of how to make this bike lighter.

which is why i wish to enlist the help of fellow weightweenies/bikers here on how to make it lighter.
 

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Perhaps you have your own reasons to make the bike lighter, but here is another perspective. You could try to lose 5 lbs of bodyweight. While that is only 2.5% of you bodyweight, it is a very respectable 22.7% of the weight of the bike. The benefit of that will be far greater than anything you could do to that bike. Just a thought. :)
 

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Consider the manitou R7 when it is finally available. Hope makes a bolt on seat clamp that is lighter (and comes in purple!). Ive got one on my klein and its nice. Like 19g or so. Some steel bolt on skewers would save weight. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can get some vuelta brakes from Nino. There are lighter pedals that will take your weight. If you dont mind replacing cleats more often look at the bebop deluxe pedals. You could probably use a thomson masterpiece seatpost too. Honestly, that build looks solid. Id leave it as is and replace parts as the wear. But as someone said before, those valve caps are huge!
 

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Mr_CK said:
I've been trying to make my bike lighter but doesn't really seem to really work out well.
What can I do to lighten this bike of mine without breaking the bank?!!?

I weigh in at 200lbs and one thing i'm sure is that I can't really sacrifice weight for durability here..

Kind weight weenie souls out there.. do help..

This is my bike setup.

Frame: Klein Attitude Comp 19.2"
Fork: Fox F80RLT '05
Rims: DT Swiss XR4.1
Spokes: DT competition
Hubs: Chris King Classic
Skewers: Hope steel skewers
Tires: Continental Supersonic
Stem: Ritchey WCS 110mm
Handlebar: K Bear Bone Scandium bar
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
Bar Ends: ControlTech Carbon Stumpy Ends
Brake Levers: Avid SD7
Brake Calipers: Avid SD7
Shifters: Shimano XTR Rapid Fire 2002(indicators removed)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6mm
Saddle: San Marco Aspide NanoFlex
SeatClamp: Hope 36.4mm QR
Cranks: Shimano XTR M960
Front derailluer: Shimano XTR
Rear derailluer: Shimano XTR
Chain: YBN hollow pin Chain
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34t
Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy SL
Tubes: Cheng Shin tubes
I'm comtemplating changing my levers to Extralite Ultralevers, and my calipers to FRM DP4Ti.
Please guys, Do load me with as much info as possible.
I really hope to make my bike at least 8kg?
Thanks for any help. Really do appreciate it.
Some these have been suggested:
Remove bar ends They're only good for very short climbs you can adapt w/o = -75gm
Extralite clamp = -15gms
Syntace F99 stem = -15gms
Egg beaters - at least the ti for approx = -70gm or more
Ti skewers - At your weight you really won't feel a difference = -30gms
USE Alien seatpost or others Extralite, Easton ec90 zero = -30gms
Avid Mag tuned or Vuelta Vs if you can find em = -60gm + (FRM $$$)
 

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WCS actual weight = 135-140g
The latest WCS stem (ie V3 with colour graphics AND the new style clamp with the hooking on one of the edge) is around the 100g mark for a 110mm. I have a 100 and 110mm and they are both around the 100g mark. I was surprise to find how light they are when I first got them. Mind you they are not the stiffest stem either.
 

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Some these have been suggested:
Remove bar ends They're only good for very short climbs you can adapt w/o = -75gm
Extralite clamp = -15gms
Syntace F99 stem = -15gms
Egg beaters - at least the ti for approx = -70gm or more
Ti skewers - At your weight you really won't feel a difference = -30gms
USE Alien seatpost or others Extralite, Easton ec90 zero = -30gms
Avid Mag tuned or Vuelta Vs if you can find em = -60gm + (FRM $$$)
Well, I could try the exclusion of the bar ends.

Extralite clamps do not come in the size 36.4mm

The Ritchey WCS is lighter than syntace F99.

For pedals, I am thinking of purchasing the eggies twin ti.

For skewers... Would the titanium USE spinstix be a good choice??

I've tried many seatposts... and I found that nothing other than Thomson suits me. Cause the others would really flex under my weight.

for brakes wise, I intend to purchase Extralite Ultralevers and the calipers are FRM DP4ti which weigh 260gms with bolts and pads.

Yes FRM is expensive... but i'm still thinking about it. I've yet to find much info on the FRM calipers though.
 

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bebop pedals.

How is the performance of the bebop pedals?
I have yet to see it in my country though.

may consider ordering a pair online if its good.

But i see that most bikers are more inclined towards eggies.. even though they may be slightly heavier.
There has to be a reason to justify it, isn't it?
 

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Somethings..

Twin Ti egg beaters- will save around 70grams or so.

Lighter tubes or even tubeless kit(DT has on know...It is an Eclipse kit scpecially made for the DT rims).

Get a Hope bolt on seat post clamp- save 30grams?

Get Cro-mo bolt on skewers- Saved 60-70grams and all for $10! No.. I don't miss my quick realeses.

Get some different spokes. Look into Sapim CX ray spokes. They are about the same strength as your current spokes but MUCH lighter..
 
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