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    Lightening up a KHS Alite 2000 on a budget

    So I just got a 2008 KHS Alite 2000. It rides really smooth but is on the heavy side (around 29.5 lbs). Be gentle on me, this is my first real post to the forum and I'm a beginner weight weenie.

    Here are the parts. Everything is completely stock except for pedals and a cheap straight bar.

    Frame

    Alloy 7005 Hydro D.butted w/replaceable derailleur hanger

    Fork: RockShox Tora 289 Coil, 100mm w/damping, external rebound & pre-load adjust, Mag lowers
    Headset: Tioga ZST-2 threadless, 1-1/8" Zero Stack
    Rims Weinmann Taurus 2000 Double wall, disc specific
    Hubs Front: Alloy disc, Rear: Shimano disc, QR
    Tires John Tomac Small Block8 26x2.1
    Spokes 14G Black 32
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Chain KMC Z9000
    Crankset Truvativ Firex GigaX Pipe, 44/32/22
    Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP outboard cartridge bearing
    Cassette Shimano HG50 11-34, 9-Speed
    Pedals Crank Bros Egg Beater
    Seatpost Alloy micro-adjust
    Saddle WTB Rocket V
    Handlebar FSA -XC-180B OS, Alloy 31.8, Straight
    Stem FSA OS-190LX, Alloy forged, 4-bolt
    Grips PowerTools dual density
    Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Ryde
    Brakes Hayes Stroker Hydralic disc, 6" rotors
    Color Flat Gray-Brown
    Frame Size 17

    I'm shooting for a weight around 24-25 pounds and spending around 650-800 dollars. Listed below are the things I was thinking of upgrading, I would appreciate any suggestions:

    Wheel Set: Fulcrum Red Metal 1 Disc (LBS has good deal), FSA XC-300 or Bontrager Race Lite X Tlr
    Fork: Rockshox Sid or Manitou R7
    Seatpost: Easton EA70 or EC70
    Handlebars: Easton EA70,EC70 or EC90
    Skewers: KCNC?
    Seatpost Clamp: KCNC, Hope, something from Hong Kong on Ebay?

    Would it be more prudent to invest in a cassette or XT components than the stuff I mentioned?
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    Fork and wheels are the biggest boat anchors, so those changes will make the most noticeable difference.

    Then do the cranks (XT would be good) and the XT cassette. Save the cockpit upgrades until you've done those major bits.
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    Looking for some advice on the wheels. My local bike shop just got in a set of Fulcrum Red Metal 1 Disc that he is selling for 500. They weigh (according to Fulcrum) 1665 grams/3.67 lbs for the set.

    Are they worth purchasing or can I stretch my 500 dollars farther. Every now and then some Easton XC One will be on Ebay for around 500 and they are 1590 grams/3.50 lbs.

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    Jenson has Easton XC Ones for $349/pr

    Or these BWW wheels at 1595gms for $365
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    I went with the Easton XC One. I will post some pictures and new weight when they come in.

    Now I'm moving on to the fork and cassette.

    The two choices I'm looking at our Manitou R7 and Rockshox Sid. The R7 is considerably cheaper and weighs comparable to the Sid. I could pick up the Manitou R7 Super Absolute 100mm for around 355 shipped. Are there any other forks out there that can beat the price/weight of the R7?

    For the Cassette I will probably pick up an XT unless a Sram PG-990 would be just as good. I figured Shimano to Shimano would be a little more efficient.

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    The SID fork is stiffer, if you're over 150 pounds, you'd be well advised to consider a sturdier fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    The SID fork is stiffer, if you're over 150 pounds, you'd be well advised to consider a sturdier fork.
    Yeah, I'm right around 150-155 pounds. I know that this is sacrilege to a lot of WW, but would I be better off going to a fork like the Fox Float 32 or Rockshox Reba? Something that is lighter than my Tora 289 but will perform better? This bike won't be a wall ornament, most weeks I ride 4-5 times.

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    The new SID is as stiff as the Fox, even the Team model is quite good and affordable.
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