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    Best weight savings bang for the buck?

    Hello,

    I'm considering getting a Karate Monkey built and it would be nice if it wasn't too heavy. I don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a small weight savings so I was wondering how the money would be best spent to get the best weight savings bang for the buck?

    Thanks.

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    Tires, of course, then tubes....and down the list.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris the monikerless
    Hello,

    I'm considering getting a Karate Monkey built and it would be nice if it wasn't too heavy. I don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a small weight savings so I was wondering how the money would be best spent to get the best weight savings bang for the buck?

    Thanks.
    It really depends on your "starting point" but here are some suggestions based on mine.

    Lightweight tires will run 450 to 550 grams for $40 bucks vs. standard tires that weigh 650 to 800 grams.

    Lightweight tubes will weigh 100-120 grams vs. standard tubes that run 220 grams.

    Grips: Foam grips cost no more than standard but save a nice amount.

    Seat: A 200 gram titanium railed seat (WTB Stealth) can be had for $70. You can go lighter...comfort is the big driver here.

    Stem and bars: You can pick up a lightweight stem for $60-80 bucks...a carbon or lightweight alloy bar for $25-$60.

    Crankset: By far the LX 752 crankset is the best bang for the buck. You can go lighter, but it will cost you.

    Wheelset: $350 or so will buy you a 1600 gram WTB hubbed wheelset (highly recommend Mike at oddsandendos.com.)

    Chain: About $5-10 bucks more for a hollowpin chain....50 gram savings.

    XT cassette: Cheap and nice weight savings over LX.

    Fork: Air forks save weight. Highly recommend the Fox float. If you shop around you can pick one up off Ebay for $300-400.

    Brakes: Rim brakes are inexpensive for their weight. You've got to dump a bunch more money to get light hydraulics.

    Danny

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    If you need a fork then buy the Noleen Mega Air 80/100mm currently

    being wholesaled out by eDiscount on eBay for $99. There's a group here who can vouch for the performance and low weight-a smart money move if you need it. Search the current board or the old one archived here at MTBR for the fork in discussions. Also use alloy chainring bolts on your LX crank to bring it down a good deal further.
    Last edited by Scott479; 02-28-2004 at 06:20 PM. Reason: correction

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    CHeck out:
    http://www.light-bikes.com/articles/seven-cheap.asp

    I like the ones like
    -take a dump (a useful thing before a race for so many reasons)
    -get rid of excess cable/housing length

    because they are free!

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    if I'm not mistaken....

    the Surly Karate Monkey is a 29" wheeled bike.... so forget the Fox forks and standard lightweight tires.

    Maybe you could buy some WTB Nanoraptors, IRC Mythos XC or go with 700c cyclocross tires. As for the fork, go rigid or with a Marzocchi or a White Brothers as they're the only suspended options you have.

    Hope this helps,
    Jean-Sébastien
    Last edited by jean-seb; 02-28-2004 at 07:04 PM. Reason: editing :P

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    Tyres.
    Tubes.
    Grips.
    Cut seatpost if you have lots of insertion.
    Saddle. (Ebay)
    Handle Bars + Stem. (Ebay or closeouts)

    Trevor!

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    Check JensonUSA right now...

    They have the 140 gram (claimed) Pazzaz stem for $16. That should be a big gram per dollar savings over most stock stems.

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