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I like light weight stuff just as much as the next guy but the stuff has to work too. Are you willing to compromise fit, comfort, shifting precision, brake power, ergonomics all to shave a few grams? I'm just trying to get into the mind of a weight > *** kind of rider,
 

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Had my NRS down to 20.83 stripped pretty bare. Then wised up and reinstalled tires that work on trails besides dry hardpack... rotors that don't pulse like a mofo... a saddle that is comfy (even put one back on the TCR)... bar ends went back on for climbing some tough local trails... and even threw on another mount so I can use my Garmin. Weighs a bit more... but is much more functional. The road bike is also quite functional yet pretty damn light at 16.6 lbs ready to ride (with pack/tools/spare tube/frame pump/Garmin/etc). In ready to ride state the mtb is 23.8.
 

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Tried and did not like :
1. Speen adapter for Dura ace front der 7900. Too much hand force and not enough weight savings over the huge superiority of my current XX front der.

2. Sub 500 gram tires, I tear through these like paper. I race 10-15 races a year and weak tires do not hold up for aggressive riders.

3. lightweight rotors, no bueno a 100 gram rotor is much better than a 50 gram rotor, brakes rotors is not an area I want to save weight in.

4. The saddle, find what suits your bum best, savings grams over comfort is retarded.

I question how much use and what kind of riding is done on some of the bikes we see here in the WW section. Some of the bikes are simply incredible, however I could not see riding them and having them last at least for me.
 

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I will try to reduce weights in all areas until I find it unacceptable with the compromises I achieve.

I use friction thumbshifters so I can use them in any weather , any condition.

But Maxxlite 310s in Swedish wet rocky terrain is NOT acceptable, not a fully rigid bike either.
 

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I will sacrifice some brake power for grams, no need for huge amounts of brake power (elixir) here in Texas.

I went 1x9 originally to save weight, and then found that I love it and will never go back to a 2x or 3x system. I wouldn't consider this a sacrifice, but some do.
 

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facelessfools said:
i have never spent more on a part then what it weighs in grams..
'my sette cage broke at the small tab in the rear so i got a Karbona Wing Carbon Fiber Cage from:
http://torontocycles.com/Selling/cages.html
it weighed in as listed at 17g too.'

Did this cost less than 17 bucks?

Anyway ... I wish I could say the same thing, but (in Australian dollars at least) I have spent a lot more than 1gm=1 dollar on a lot of parts - chainrings, crankset, bars, stem, headset, front derailleur etc etc etc!
 

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First thing I need to cut out is all Dairy including Creamy Coffee & Ice Cream. That would save me pounds and not just grams. (light weight bottom bracket helps too).
 

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Well I sacrificed durability in a major way when it came to choosing tires for my DosNiner. Instead of going with some nice Panaracer Rampage 2.35s which are a reasonable 750-ish grams for a foldable tread with good volume. I went with Schwalbe 2.4/2.25 RRs which are a good half pound lighter. And so far I've killed two of the 2.25s with rocks cutting thru the casing (both sidewall and right thru the tread also with the second one).
 

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mmmaaaiiikkk said:
'my sette cage broke at the small tab in the rear so i got a Karbona Wing Carbon Fiber Cage from:
http://torontocycles.com/Selling/cages.html
it weighed in as listed at 17g too.'

Did this cost less than 17 bucks?

Anyway ... I wish I could say the same thing, but (in Australian dollars at least) I have spent a lot more than 1gm=1 dollar on a lot of parts - chainrings, crankset, bars, stem, headset, front derailleur etc etc etc!
i guess your right... thats one, well ill have two parts that weigh less then they cost but it hasnt arrived yet.
 

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I gave up all my gears and front suspension! While I have fairly light parts, I am still rocking a fairly heavy steel frame. Hopefully that will change in the next year when I get something Ti or Carbon.

It is a tuff decision some times as whether or not the weight savings is worth it (from a performance and even financial stand point) I think you can still get some really light parts and drop the weight on the bike by really doing your research. You can save some weight simply by swaping out nuts/bolts for ti versions or alu when avail. Bars, posts, stems, seats are all easy swaps without sacrificing alot of performance. On the pricier side of things, wheels/cranks. Custom wheels with nicer hubs,spokes, nipples (even tuburlars) can shed a ton of weight. Carbon cranks and external bb's as well. Lots out there that doesn't necessarily mean giving up on performance or reliability. As the technology improves, parts are simply getting lighter while still being durable.
 

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im a sucker for titanium and premium steel products. cnc'd alloy if pretty too. carbon though, i wont go there. except headset spacers of course :)
 

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i recently got a maxxis maxxlite tire that i will try on the trails tomorrow. i haven't gotten a flat in like 3 years riding some pretty technical trails with 50 psi in tires. if i get more than 2 flats in the next couple of rides with it, then that is something that will have to go as i won't sacrifice changing flats on a regular basis.
 
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