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    Where's the weight? My new-to-me bike.

    I picked up a new bike fairly recently. I'm really happy with the spec and i love the bike, and to be honest i'm probably not going to change anything on it. But, it's always really interesting to me to see some of the bikes here and how much they weigh, and it got me wondering where the weight was on this bike. Here's the bike:

    Where's the weight?  My new-to-me bike.-418981_10201458364010661_99708815_n.jpg

    Weight with pedals is 22.5lbs, it's an XL. Full specs are below.

    I see lots of ~20lb bikes on here. What's the big difference between those and mine? My thoughts are: wheels are probably a little heavy (tho i'm running tubeless). I know the 3x10 is some extra weight. The Highball also isn't the lightest frame out there. Am i missing something else? If you made changes, where would you make them?

    Frame: 2012 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon Size XL (21.5)
    Fork: Rock Shock Reba SL
    Rims: Mavic TN 719 with Stans yellow tape and tubeless rim strips installed
    Hubs: DT Swiss 240 Rear, e*thirteen Chub Front
    Rear Der:Shimano XTR M985 SGS 10spd
    Front Der: Shimano XTR 10spd 3x10
    Shifters:Shimano XTR M980 10spd
    Crankset:Shimano XTR 24/32/42 3x10spd
    Cassette:Shimano XTR 11-36 10spd
    Brakes:Shimano XTR 160mm Ice Tech rotors (Yes these brakes are as good as everybody says)
    Bars: Easton EC 70 685mm (Brand New)
    Stem: Easton EA 90 100mm (Brand New)
    Grips: Lizard Skins (Brand New)
    Headset: Cane Creek
    Seat Post: Thomson Masterpiece
    Saddle: WTB Silverado SLT (Brand New)
    Tires: Maxxis Ikon 2.2 (Brand New)
    Last edited by Porch; 06-14-2013 at 10:04 AM.

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    It's not any one or two things but everything that adds up to a couple or three pounds at the end of the day. To get the bikes you see here down into the 15-19lb range EVERYTHING on the bike is very well thought out in terms of weight. Each component is the lightest or close to the lightest option for it's purpose. No fat. Case is point: I bolt tune my builds with Al bolts in place of steel where it's appropriate and Ti in place of steel where Al would be dangerous. I have done some pretty fancy chainring drilling in my past as well. You have solid dependable components, but they are also far from the lightest choices in every case for their aplication.
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    Thanks for the reply. That makes a lot of sense! I guess i always think of XTR stuff as the lightest, but i know there's much nicer and lighter stuff out there.

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