To reduce some weight, would an ultegra 12/25 cassette be a better option than the current sram 11-34 I am running. The top 2 and bottom 1 cassette rings are rarely used. Thus, I was thinking the 12-25 would be a better option for range as well as weight.
Also, I was curious as to whether it would be a good option to remove the big 44T chainring which I rarely use (unless I'm tearing down a road which is never) and replace with a light bashguard or just leave it out. I'd also add a 2-spd road FD (chorus/Dura-ace for lightweight) and a custom bartop friction shifter (older plastic shifter with small holes in plastic where it doesn't contribute to stiffness). Having a big clunky XT shifter pod just for 2 gears seems overkill.
Besides, I could also drop some links from the chain due to the smaller cassette cogs and lack of 44T ring.
I am bored, and interesting thoughts of dropping weight keep coming up. Please speak up and tell me what you think.
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