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shedding weights on an old serotta(6 posts)

shedding weights on an old serottadip
Apr 22, 2002 6:17 PM
I own a Serotta nhx, columbus steel, which is about 15 year old bike. It is not light by today's standard. It has mostly old Dura Ace components and a pair of Mavic MA40 wheelset. I was wondering if it is even a good idea to attempt to shed some weights of the bike by changing some components, i.e. how much weight would i shed if i get a newer shimano ultegra groupo or getting a carbon fork?
Or is the weight mostly stem from the frame itself?

re: shedding weights on an old serottaatpjunkie
Apr 22, 2002 6:27 PM
if you go Carbon/Threadless fork you can shed about a quarter pound. You will need a fork w/ a 1" threadless, steerer tube in Carbon or alloy (Carbon Lighter but I wouldn't recommend if you are over 180 lbs) a threadless headset and a threadless stem (+ 1" stem spacers). Newer Gruppo's will also save weight as well. If you love your frame I'd build around it. Make sure the STI system will work with your braze ons or go traditional downtube shifters and brake levers.
re: shedding weights on an old serottaNessism
Apr 23, 2002 6:19 AM
How about posting some more details regarding the components you currently have? Seat, seat post, stem, bars, tires, spokes, ect. Also, how much do you weigh and how hard are you on the bike.

You can take off some weight but it will cost you $$. One nice thing about upgrading components is that you can always move them over to a new frame further down the line.

re: shedding weights on an old serottadip
Apr 23, 2002 7:24 AM
I am listing more details about the bike:

seatpost: Dura-Ace
front-back hubs: campy chrous
front/rear derailleur: campy chrous
front/rear brakes: Dura-Ace
shifter: campy chrous
cassette: campy record 7-speed
headset: Dura-Ace threaded
stem/handlebar: cinelli (not sure about the model)
bottom bracket: ??
* The above components are all earlier 90s stuff

seat: selle italia flight ti
wheels: mavic MA40

I weight 140 lbs, ride about 60 miles a week.
re: shedding weights on an old serottagrzy
Apr 23, 2002 9:15 AM
I took a nine year old legend that weighed in at almost 22 lbs. and got it down to sub 18 lbs. Of course this meant changing just about everything: Ksyriums; Ultegra 9 (5 more oz. if you go DA); all carbon fork; modern light weight bars, stem, seat and post. You have to ballance it off against the cost - I was able to get a pretty decent deal on all the components - I wouldn't have done it at full-pop retail.
I did the same on my bike...MrCrud
Apr 24, 2002 9:04 AM
I have a custom geometry Marinonni Leggero frame ( early 90s ) just love it so much, i can even consider changing the frame, unless i get exactly the same geometry and simply lighter tubes. With a lot of Record and some Veloce ( go see the specs, Veloce is often the second lightest in all the Campy groups ) i got the weight down to 21.5lbs. I didnt even touch the fork/stem and the wheels, but when i do, i predict the weight to be around 19.5 ( i have some pretty ordinary wheels )

Quality steel bikes are always worth the upgrades, especially if you like the handling and feel of the bike.