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Light cassettes and best carbon cranks(3 posts)

Light cassettes and best carbon crankslouisd
Apr 22, 2002 9:14 AM
Looking to lighten my ride a bit and am wondering about light cassettes out there. Anyone experience with all ti cassettes. Also, Looking at Campy's or FSA's carbon cranks. Any comments? Thanks.
re: Light cassettes and best carbon cranksstr8dum1
Apr 24, 2002 9:23 AM
light cassettes (ie AL models such as TA) wear very fast. the ones i've used maybe lasted 1/3 as log as normal ultegra and cost more than DA. all to save maybe 30g over DA. All would wear fast also and wouldnt save much weight over DA (maybe 10g)

as far as cranks go, my DA arms alone weighed 423g (239 right, 184 left). total with rings and bolts was 564.5g. The best shifting all for 170$. The FSA etcs weigh more and cost about 2x as much with inferior rings. If you get carbo crank make sure that they have a carbon spider also. Otherwise they will be about the same weight as Ultegra cranks (and like 5x as much money)

Again, its your money and its up to you. IMHO cassettes and cranks are the WORST places to save weight. For 20$ you could save 2x the amount of grams by just switching to latex light tubes (like 100g vs 2 normal butyl tubes), or go to thinner bar tape (Off the front Neo pro weighs 137g with plugs, but thin cork tape weighs under 50g)
$$ per Gramgrzy
Apr 24, 2002 9:52 AM
Just list some of your components and then compare them to lighter parts. Look for things that allow you to drop an once for $50 or less (or whatever you thing you can afford). You'll find that some of the biggest bang for the buck are some of the more mundane things like saddle, seatpost, stem, bars, etc. Typically the big ticket items don't save much weight and are expensive. Some of the exceptions are wheels or going from a threaded fork with a steel steerer to a threadless all carbon, but you're looking at spending on the order of $500.