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    Some updates on my Giant XTC...

    Here are some lighter parts so you can all forget about my 2.7kg wheelset :P

    My new Dura-Ace Paul Thumbies...


    On the bike...


    Extralite seatpost, 176g at stock length...


    tuned XTR derailleur, with a 1980 Suntour GT adjuster barrel, some alu bolts and a custom handmade cage...


    The complete bike...19.22lbs


    Thanks for your time !

    Jean-Sebastien
    2004 Giant XTC Custom
    2001 Giant Boulder HD
    2000 Devinci Chili Pepper (frame only)
    1993 Proflex 853 (frame only)
    1988 Kuwahara ProStar
    1982 Peugeot Record Du Monde (fixed gear)
    1980 Raleigh Sprite (restoration)

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    Very nice.

    Whats all that white stuff?

    Duck-80* today and tomorrow(which is like 25* warmer then the average high).

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    some very clever work there. kudos.

    Quote Originally Posted by jean-seb
    My new Dura-Ace Paul Thumbies...
    with the thumbies, is it awkward to shift up as well as down gears? and is the left/front shifter indexed?

    and i'm surprised you haven't just stuck with V-brakes for the sakes of weight. esp with a SID fork, not known for its rigidity with discs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiny_car
    some very clever work there. kudos.



    with the thumbies, is it awkward to shift up as well as down gears? and is the left/front shifter indexed?

    and i'm surprised you haven't just stuck with V-brakes for the sakes of weight. esp with a SID fork, not known for its rigidity with discs.

    Hi !
    I haven't had the chance to try them out in a real riding situation yet, unfortunately (it's still winter up here ). But I know I might have to take my hand off the grip to shift into the smallest gear, but besides that, the feel is good. The left shifter is not indexed (as I thought it would be) but has a light ratcheting action which makes the quality of the shifter obvious.

    As for disc brakes, when I bought my bike, it was a 1450$CDN Devinci Chili Pepper w/ disc brakes (back in 2000). I upgraded all the parts until I bought the Giant frame, so I had disc brakes from the beginning and if I would like to go back to V-brakes, I would have to spend a lot to make it worth it, because of the light setup I already have (could be lighter I know :P). And I love my SID even if it is, in fact, a little bit on the noodly side.

    Hope it answers your questions and thanks for your interest !

    Jean-Sebastien
    2004 Giant XTC Custom
    2001 Giant Boulder HD
    2000 Devinci Chili Pepper (frame only)
    1993 Proflex 853 (frame only)
    1988 Kuwahara ProStar
    1982 Peugeot Record Du Monde (fixed gear)
    1980 Raleigh Sprite (restoration)

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    Ummm, everything looks pretty light, but DEORE crank?!, I'm baffled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanghasyou
    Ummm, everything looks pretty light, but DEORE crank?!, I'm baffled.
    You weren't supposed to see them ! ..

    This is only because of money issue. I don't want to buy expensive alu-carbon cranks (FSA, RaceFace) to save 20-30 grams. I would prefer to go all the way to Storck PowerArms but I don't have that kind of money right now.

    So I'm riding these 4 years old cranks because they work, that's it !

    Good day !
    Jean-Sebastien
    2004 Giant XTC Custom
    2001 Giant Boulder HD
    2000 Devinci Chili Pepper (frame only)
    1993 Proflex 853 (frame only)
    1988 Kuwahara ProStar
    1982 Peugeot Record Du Monde (fixed gear)
    1980 Raleigh Sprite (restoration)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanghasyou
    Ummm, everything looks pretty light, but DEORE crank?!, I'm baffled.
    They are certainly functional... And I'd say if you changed the rings you'd have yourself a half decent weight set of cranks anyways, particularly if you were running square taper, as there are quiet a few square taper bottom brackets are pretty light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CulBaire
    They are certainly functional... And I'd say if you changed the rings you'd have yourself a half decent weight set of cranks anyways, particularly if you were running square taper, as there are quiet a few square taper bottom brackets are pretty light.
    The rings are not in stock form on these cranks. I shaved the big ring (from 78g to 71g), I installed a Deore LX alu middle ring and shaved it (now 37g) and switched to a FSA alu granny (16g). I also use FSA alu ring bolts and SRP crank bolts (not pictured). That makes the whole crankset including crank bolts down to 600g even. Not too bad for a penny-scratching-budget crankset !

    And I already use a square taper Action-Tec Attack Titanium that weighs 136g.

    I guess the name Deore doesn't sound lightweight at first, but once reworked, it's ok...for a while .

    Jean-Sebastien
    2004 Giant XTC Custom
    2001 Giant Boulder HD
    2000 Devinci Chili Pepper (frame only)
    1993 Proflex 853 (frame only)
    1988 Kuwahara ProStar
    1982 Peugeot Record Du Monde (fixed gear)
    1980 Raleigh Sprite (restoration)

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    yeah, funds are always a limiting factor (and i was in no way being harsh on you for not using V-brakes for weight's sake ). i think you've done a really sweet job.

    - Giant NRS Composite - Giant XTC2 - Giant TCRCzero - Giant OCR1 -

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiny_car
    yeah, funds are always a limiting factor (and i was in no way being harsh on you for not using V-brakes for weight's sake ). i think you've done a really sweet job.

    I didn't think you sounded harsh at all, and I really appreciate your positive comments !

    Thanks again !

    Jean-Sebastien
    2004 Giant XTC Custom
    2001 Giant Boulder HD
    2000 Devinci Chili Pepper (frame only)
    1993 Proflex 853 (frame only)
    1988 Kuwahara ProStar
    1982 Peugeot Record Du Monde (fixed gear)
    1980 Raleigh Sprite (restoration)

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