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    Suggested upgrades for Rocky Element 970 RSL

    Thought I would try here as you guys are the experts. Looking for some pointers on how to make bike more race worthy. Currently sitting around 27.5lbs (XXL frame) without pedals. Parts as listed below. Looking at a race wheel set of Hope Pro Evo/Crest Rims/CX-ray spokes and a grouppo swap to XX1. Any suggestions on best bang for buck weight reduction is appreciated.

    2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL Components
    Fork Fox 32 Float 29 100 FIT Dual Remote CTD
    Rear Shock Fox Float Remote CTD Custom Trail Valved
    Head Set Cane Creek Forty Series: IS42mm Top / 52mm
    Stem Race Face Turbine 6 x 70-100mm
    Handlebar Sworks Carbon
    Brakes Shimano XT 180mm
    Shifters Shimano XT 2x10spd
    Gearing (FR) Shimano XT E Mount 2x10spd
    Gearing (RR) Shimano XTR 10spd
    Cranks & Chainrings Race Face Turbine 175mm 38/24T 2x10spd
    Bottom Bracket Race Face Press Fit Team XC
    Hubs (FR) DT Swiss X 1.6 Straight Pull 15mm Axle
    Hubs (RR) DT Swiss X 1.6 Straight Pull / Star Ratchet Freehub / 12 x 142mm
    Cassette Shimano XT 11-36T 10spd
    Chain Shimano HG94 10spd
    Spokes DT Swiss Competition Straight Pull
    Rims DT Swiss X 1.6 Tubeless Ready
    Tires (RR/FR) Maxxis Ikon Evo
    Seat Post Race Face Turbine 30.9mm x 400mm
    Saddle fi'zi:k Gobi XM

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    Wheels for sure are a place to save weight, the DT Swiss X1.6 wheels are close to 1600gms.

    If you're thinking XX1, then the new Race Face Next cranks would save you about 3/4 of a pound over the Turbines and 150gms over the XX1 cranks.
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    Thanks Rocky. Saw those new race face next cranks. THe DT Swiss X1.6 is actually closer to 1770g and the reasoning behind the upgrade.

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    If you are looking bang for your buck you could go to a Race Face, Absolute Black, or Wolftooth Narrow Wide chainring up front and run it 1x10. You will drop about a little over pound by ditching the front der, shifter and a chainring. Thats $50 for 500g.

    Then Saddle and grips. That saddle is 255g and you can get <150g saddles easily. <$100
    Not sure what grips are on it now, but some ESI racer edge or chunky would help. 50g a pair for 15$

    Wheelset is a great upgrade but also expensive.

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    I'am also a 970 owner but the bc edition which is even heavier. I don't know much about the saving weight arena but what would be the best quality/price tubeless ready wheelset? I know that the stan's are good tubeless ready wheels but are there xc/trail weelsets considered light? Any other suggestions?
    Thanks for the other suggestions previously mentioned!

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    FYI I doubt the dt swiss 1,6 wheel are close to 1600g cause I own the 1,5 which are claimed at 1500g and they weight close to 1900g, quite a bit porky.

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    Hi rockyuphill, are you saying that the wheel set weight is close to 1600gms or each weel is 1600gms?
    Tks

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Wheels for sure are a place to save weight, the DT Swiss X1.6 wheels are close to 1600gms.

    If you're thinking XX1, then the new Race Face Next cranks would save you about 3/4 of a pound over the Turbines and 150gms over the XX1 cranks.

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    he means the wheelset, but like I said, I doubt it very much

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    There seems to be such a wide range of weights that people are seeing for the DT wheels. I've had several people tell me that their X1.6 wheels are about 1660gms. But the M1.6 wheels on my Instinct were 2010gms with rim strips, so I haven't seen great correlation between the model number and the weight.

    I know my 29" Enve XC clincher wheels were very close to their spec weight at 1460gms with rim strips.
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