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Easy way to make my bike lighter?(15 posts)

Easy way to make my bike lighter?DannyBoy
Apr 19, 2001 10:04 AM
I'm having a custom built frame made in the UK. As I'm on a buget of about £2,000 (frame+f £750) I decided to go Campy Chorus as it seems only a shade heavier than record, Mavic Open Pro's, Speedplay X2's, ITM Millenium, Carbon post, flite etc.

Having look at the picture gallery I see a lot of cool looking light bikes - any thing I could do to my spec to drop lbs but not gain too many ££££ or $$$$ depending on your perspective!
re: Easy way to make my bike lighter?Quaz
Apr 19, 2001 1:19 PM
Save your money and drop some weight off yourself. Your body is the heaviest thing you're going to be carrying up any climb.
What if he's already 140 lbs and 5% body fatJ.S.
Apr 20, 2001 8:11 AM
If your not gonna answer the quetion don't respond. Not everybody is a lard ass.
What if he's already 140 lbs and 5% body fat. Yeah!Old guy
Apr 21, 2001 9:03 AM
Amen, brother. Why does everybody think they have to say that. "Oh, dude, lose some weight off your body first, ya lazy ass."

1. Most racers have very little if any to lose.
2. The bike is unsuspended weight and costs you more to move than body mass.
re: Easy way to make my bike lighter?DannyBoy
Apr 23, 2001 4:01 AM
I did. I'm 6" dead and have gone from about 200lbs to about 180Lbs, I lift a lot of weights hence the above average weight for a cyclist, body fat's about 8% and I can't see it going much below that!!
re: Easy way to make my bike lighter?Old guy
Apr 21, 2001 9:05 AM
FSA Carbon crank. I've got one on my Ciocc. Love it. A lot lighter than Chorus and only $300 (£ I don't know.)
re: Easy way to make my bike lighter?DannyBoy
Apr 23, 2001 4:03 AM
Do you have a website address? £ for $ that's about the same price as a UK Chorus crank.
re: Do you have a website for CoiccDannyBoy
Apr 25, 2001 9:55 AM
I've been trying to find their bikes on the web, but can't???
re: Easy way to make my bike lighter?ScottV
Apr 23, 2001 5:32 AM
I'm also getting a new bike with Campy Chorus. To lose some weight I upgraded the crank, brakes, and rear mech to Record. I left everthing else as is.

I did not upgrade to the seat post or the shifter as I don't trust carbon yet in those applications. I did not bother with the pedals or hubs because I bought a pair of Record pedals and hubs last year.
re: Easy way to make my bike lighter?DannyBoy
Apr 25, 2001 4:37 AM
Having a compact racing bike for timetrial/RR/general fitness built in the UK by a guy called Chas Roberts who's one of the UK's most respected builders.
Other than you getting lighter...3kidney
Apr 26, 2001 12:04 PM
Most bang for the buck/pound is WHEELS. I would go for Speeddream Aerolights. About 1420 grams per pair. about £365 +shipping.

Next, in your particular setup, I would use Record or Mavic brake calipers instead of Chorus. The Mavics are the lightest of the three and the cheapest so that's hard to beat.

Third different crankset. Either Record to keep it in the family, or Dura Ace crank/Ultegra BB. I wouldn't trust carbon cranks until another 5 years go by, especially if you are near the ocean where galvanic corrosion can be deadly to carbon/alum.

The way the Record Ergo levers are constructed there is no corrosion problem, but they only save about 23g and since levers and pavement tend to meet alot in crashes I am not too thrilled with the idea.

Really only the wheels and calipers really meet the usual $1/g criteria which is normally where I tend to draw the line on upgrades.
Another idea for your wheels...Java
Apr 26, 2001 1:50 PM
If you're not on tubs, consider a pair of the new Vittoria Ultra Lights (23mm claimed weight of 155 grams!!). I'll be picking up a pair this weekend so I can let you know what, if any, difference there is between these light babies and my Axial Pros. Also get some lightweight innertubes. I use WrenchForce Ultralights - 68 grams - and they've been great to me into a second season now, only one flat from a shard of glass piercing the tire. Considering the cost of other options, this might be your best bang for the buck (unless, of course, the tires don't hold up).

Taken em for a spin yet?????DannyBoy
Apr 30, 2001 3:47 AM
How'd they ride???
Taken em for a spin yet?????Java
Apr 30, 2001 9:23 AM
Just got them last night, Vittoria "Ultra Speed" 700x23 clinchers. Are you ready for this? ... claimed weight of 145 grams!!! I might take one to a postal office to see if they'll weigh it for me. They've got a min pressure of 130 lbs with a max of 160 lbs. Three ply casing, though I forget the tpi. Unfortunately, it might take me a couple days before I can try them out, I've got a couple late nights at the office to get through. As soon as I do I'll post. Assuming that they roll fine and grip well (the rubber compound looks good), the real test will be in their longevity or lack thereof.

First ReportJava
May 2, 2001 12:01 PM
I have now spent 1.5 hours trying to get these tires on my wheels. Actually, I managed to get both beads over the rim (Shimano 7700 wheels) without an innertube, but it is so friggin' tight that I cannot as of yet get an innertube in and then get the second side of the tire on. For now I'm just leaving the tires on the rims without the tubes in the hope that they will stretch enough.

Not a good start, let's hope it gets better. Second report will follow as soon as I can actually ride them.