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24 lbs. or bust
« on: September 05, 2007, 05:03:48 PM »
I'm determined to get my bike under 24 pounds. Some would say I'm trying to buy my way onto the podium, I would say that I'm looking at enhancing my biking experience!   ;)  Stans  No Tube Kit is on the way, I have the new X0 shifters, X9 rear derailleur, 991 chain, the 990 cassette, new bottom bracket  for the Deus XC, going to swap the Juicy 7's from the single speed onto the Truth and get rid of the old Hayes, I will probably order some lightweight rotors and titanium bolts from Stans, and I'm going to try to keep the bike clean. That alone should be good for 15 grams. My weight savings should come from lightweight tires, no tubes, lighter disc brake set, lighter rotors and bolts, lighter shifters and no dirt. Still have room to lighten the  handlebars, stem, seatpost, saddle, and about 10 xtra  pounds on the engine.
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2007, 05:05:38 PM »
and about 10 xtra  pounds on the engine.
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2007, 06:29:00 PM »
Try speed holes!

Also you can cut your bars and seatpost down some for some extra grams and only use 3 rotor bolts on each brake rotor but maybe also use some loctite just in case.
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2007, 08:37:33 PM »
You could cut the right half of your fork off...
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2007, 09:16:43 PM »
Yeah but that will make you wheelie sideways ;D

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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2007, 09:43:13 PM »
You could cut the right half of your fork off...

Thats the only way to go

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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2007, 09:45:35 PM »
4" of suspension, only 3 pounds. I'd be willing to ride that fork. Who has one? I wonder how much it is, guessing $1200 plus.
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007, 09:49:17 PM »
Try speed holes!

Also you can cut your bars and seatpost down some for some extra grams and only use 3 rotor bolts on each brake rotor but maybe also use some loctite just in case.

Those are some pretty hardcore racer tips. The seatpost shortening idea I might be willing to try. I don't know about anything else though. Theother ideas would only save a small amount.  I think I will be under 24 lbs. with the stans kit and lighter tires. I need to use Chiselchests digital scale  to verify. My home scale varies too much. I could get down into the 22+ lb range with a decent race fork.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2007, 09:51:28 PM by EllsRider »
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2007, 10:08:56 PM »
The seatpost isn't a big deal as you probably have plenty of it sitting in your seattube - just remember that for how much you take off the seatpost, you need to raise the minimum insertion line by that much (i.e. take an inch off the bottom, raise the minimum line by an inch).  Lots of racers like shorter bars, though I would look into what the manufacturer says about cutting them if they are carbon. 

For some other truly hardcore racer stuff, you can repack your bearings with a lighter grease - they'll spin easier, weigh a tiny bit less, but durability will suffer.  You should read up on some of the stuff that Nico Vouilloz (the greatest DH rider ever IMHO) did with his race bikes.  He was fanatical about weight and did all sorts of stuff to shave it off his bike.  I think for some courses, he would cut off every other knob on his tires if traction wasn't a huge concern.
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2007, 10:11:25 PM »
Last year, the man formerly known as the Idster, experimented with shaving  and shaping tires, more for traction control than weight though. 
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2007, 08:04:59 AM »
4" of suspension, only 3 pounds. I'd be willing to ride that fork. Who has one? I wonder how much it is, guessing $1200 plus.


Actually, 4.33" (110mm) of travel and 2.72lbs for the Carbon Speed DLR2 Lefty. There are adapters to make this fork fit inferior frames with little head-tubes ;) However, I don't know how much weight they add, if any. Also, do to their apparent clamp-on nature, I doubt they can be used on the bonded forks...


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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2007, 08:56:14 AM »
4" of suspension, only 3 pounds. I'd be willing to ride that fork. Who has one? I wonder how much it is, guessing $1200 plus.
Thats about right (1200),My new 29er should be here anytime at Bent's,First 2008 ;D

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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2007, 11:19:12 PM »
Leftys are ugly, go with a reba WC instead.
Get rid of or water bottle holder if you dont use it, and the bolts for it.

I'd get worried about breaking all the light weight parts if I where you.
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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2007, 12:03:03 PM »
AWWW, lefty's are'nt ugly they are just different (Special) ;D

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Re: 24 lbs. or bust
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2007, 04:31:22 PM »
Dont they deliver lefty's on a short bus? ;D

 

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