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    Help Me Build a Cheap/Light 27.5 Rigid (X-Post)

    I posted this thread in the 650/27.5 forum but you guys might be able to offer some input. Please check this thread out: Help Me Build a Cheap/Light 27.5 Rigid
    Keep the Country country.

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    Well here's the follow up, it's all done:
    Here's my FR-502. Cost me $1700. I already had the post, bars, and pedals. 19.3lb with the flat pedals, a little less with SPDs. I'm using it as a townie, for little trail rides with the dog, and it may see the occasional XC race when the course suits it.
    Keep the Country country.

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    What are the specs?

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    Frameset: FR-502 21" BSA 1150g, Fork: 440g, Hset: Neco integrated 80g, $450
    Seatpost: Reverb 125x420mm, 570g already had
    Seat: Ebay carbon, 102g $55
    Seat Collar: Kenking, 21g $10
    Stem: Ritchey WCS Trail 60mm, 119g wholesale
    Top Cap & spacers: Ebay carbon & Ti w/epoxied in nut, 30g $25
    Handlebar: Gravity Light Carbon DH 40x710mm, 205g already had
    Grips: Ritchey WCS foam, 33g wholesale
    Brake Levers: Avid FR-5, 152g wholesale
    Brakes: Avid BB7 160mm, 628g $70
    Wheels: NoTubes Arch Ex w/valves & tape, 1700g wholesale
    Tires: WTB Beeline 2.2", 1220g wholesale
    Skewers: J&L Ti bolt-on, 26g $30
    Cassette: XO 36T, 242g wholesale
    Chain: KMC X10sl, 230g wholesale
    Crankset: FSA K-Force Light 35T carbon guard, 677g $200
    Pedals: VP or XT, 412 or 350g already had
    Derailleur: XTR Shanow+, 215g wholesale
    Shifter: XT, 126g wholesale

    It weighs exactly 19.25lb right now with the clipless pedals. I paid $1730 and already had about $450 worth of parts. It could have been built for about $370 less and a pound more by going one step down on:
    derailleur, cassette, chain, skewers, crankset, seat, and stem.
    It's the sweetest townie I've ever ridden and is fun for the short trail rides I've done around my house. Trails that I usually sit and spin going up and blast down on my trail and enduro bikes are taken completely differently. It feels like a road bike standing and sprinting the whole way up. On the way down I have a new appreciation for how rocky and rooty my trails are. It's not fun in the same way flowing and flying usually are but there's a challenge in trying to ride smoothly and stay in control.
    Keep the Country country.

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