Weight Intense ss
What do you think could be the lowest weight you can build up a SS???
How usable as a slopestyle type bike would you want it? The less it weighs, the less durable and useful it would be. I bet I could build a 22 pound SlopeStyle, but it would serve no useful purpose. a 32 pound SS would be useful as an all-mountain bike. Stepping up to 34 would make it more durable and more capable of DH stuff. And at 38, it can be very DH friendly, and fairly durable. Up at 40 pounds, it'll be even better for DH, but it'll suck for climbing.
So, what do you want?
Ideas Above My Station...
I have my SS at a shade over 37lbs with this spec:
Large SS frame + DHX 5 Coil.
Totem Solo Air 1.5"
Sunline V1 Dh 1.5" + Easton EA70
Saint R + Deore F Mechs
Hone cranks, XT shifters, Hayes Stroker Carbons 203mm.
Thomson Seatpost + SDG saddle
Chris King ISO, Mavic 729, DT Swiss Revolution, Pro-loc, Maxxis High Roller 2.5F + 2.35R.
DMR V12 mags + DMR Grips.
Air shock, lighter brakes, lighter wheels maybe, lighter forks, are all easy ways to lighten that up if need be, would be more Am though, this setup works great for 30%DH 70%FR that i currently ride. Hope this helps.
Its All Downhill From Here....!
SteveDH - Based on your post in the DH forum and stated usage, I'd say the sweet spot will be somewhere between 33 and 34 lbs on your build.
Rough build that would still be usable for both AM and hard SS/DH -
Coil shock w/ti spring
36 Talas/Float/Van - take your pick
150-180g stem ala thomson, sunline, etc
light ish brakes, Louise, Elixers, Forumlas, whatever
lighter chain guide, prob a stinger
500g ish rims
850g ish tires, tubeless
light ish hubs, hopes are great, I9's, whatever
200g or less saddle
you get the gist.
You'll be good to go with this build for all but resort riding where the 500g rims might be an issue. Depends on your weight, riding style, tire choice, and tire pressure though. I know plenty of people who do fine on 5.1's or similar even at whistler.
2 wheelsets solve all your problems.