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    Shaving weight on a 2013 Salsa Beargrease?

    Does anyone have recommendations for "bang for the buck" weight loss on a nearly stock 2013 Salsa Beargrease?

    I am already tubeless and it weighs in just under 29lbs...

    Thanks!

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    I'm down to 26 lbs for my XL. The biggest drop was the Nextie rims for sure. They weigh 500 grams each and replace the holy and drilled rolling Dayrls, rim strips and tube that weighed 1440 per wheel so it's about a 2 lb of rotating weight savings PER WHEEL! Also xo carbon brakes, Niner RDO bar, to bolts, etc, etc.
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    What's the stock crank on that bike? The new Raceface Turbine Cinch is light for the money.
    Duct tape rim strips are lighter than Surly rim strips.
    I'm pretty sure 45 North tires are lighter than most others.
    I'm not sure of the build on the BG wheels but if they're laced with Comp spokes an brass nipples, you could save 1 gram PER SPOKE switching to Supercomps. Alloy nipples are even lighter.
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    ok so,,, wheels,,, ok,,,,,, LOL
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    That's a huge weight savings on the wheelset. What do those Nexties cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Alloy nipples are even lighter.
    If you ride in snow, DO NOT get alloy nipples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunger View Post
    That's a huge weight savings on the wheelset. What do those Nexties cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    If you ride in snow, DO NOT get alloy nipples.
    I ride my bikes year round... Snow, beach, whatever.
    My 29er had a set of wheels I built 5 years ago. I used black brass nipples. They were all white and chalky and when I tried to remove them, they were all brittle and some of them broke.
    On my fatty, I have alloy nipples on the front wheel and brass on the rear. The black finish on the front nipples is still shiny and clean, where the rear ones are already getting ugly.
    It may just be a fact of life, since these bikes get ridden in adverse conditions, they may need a little more wheel maintenance. Maybe even a relacing every few years.
    I build lots of fat wheels and sometimes people are concerned with weight and sometimes they want bling but many of the wheels I build get alloy nipples.
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    I shaved almost a pound by switching out the bars, stem and seat post. With Sarma rims I'm right at 24lbs

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    I, too, have seen both types of nipples corrode. I have seen it happen on bikes ridden only in fair weather and kept in the house (not the garage, shed, or basement). I have seen bikes ridden in the nastiest conditions not have any problems with nipple corrosion.

    I think there are more factors at play here than just nipple material.

    Unfortunately, I think it's going to take some pretty deep pockets to run a good test to pinpoint the variables at play here.

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    I like nipples.

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    They're one of my favorites.
    I like turtles

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    When you say "allow nipples" does that refer to some very specific alloy? Brass is an alloy too so all this nipple talk seems a bit ambiguous to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgraffite View Post
    When you say "allow nipples" does that refer to some very specific alloy? Brass is an alloy too so all this nipple talk seems a bit ambiguous to me.
    When I say alloy, I mean aluminum. Sorry.
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    Shaving weight on a 2013 Salsa Beargrease?

    From now on, let's allow nipples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgraffite View Post
    When you say "allow nipples" does that refer to some very specific alloy? Brass is an alloy too so all this nipple talk seems a bit ambiguous to me.
    generally speaking, when people refer to alloy nips, they're talking about aluminum alloy. Brass is a very specific alloy that is self explanatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisu View Post
    From now on, let's allow nipples.
    Pictures or it didn't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    Pictures or it didn't happen.
    Do NOT test me.
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    Wow! That's pretty significant savings! What did you put in for the bar, stem, and seat post?

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    I like nipples.
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    They're one of my favorites.
    yes! yes indeed with or without rings

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    One could always sand the plastic down in some not so vital areas

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    Shaving it should drop some weight too.

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    Sorry to derail the previous 15 replys....but,

    I found the biggest bang for buck to be in the 1)brake rotors & seatpost clamp 2)brakes, 3)cockpit, chain, pedals, & saddle and 4)crank. I brought my alum, medium, 907 w/70mm alum rims down from 28.75lbs to 26lbs by swapping out parts in that order.

    For example, I switched from BB7's & avid rotors to formula hydro's and Ashima rotors and saved 1.5lbs. Atlas crank to turbine crank saved .25lbs, pedals/chain/saddle/cockpit saved 1 lb. Another part worth mentioning is your headset. The CK or CC110 series weigh considerably more than the CC40 or cheaper options. Switching to carbon 80mm rims, lighter hubs/spokes, and a carbon crank would maybe cut another 1.5lbs for ~$1500. I learned that those big ticket parts should be bought when you build it, not added later as an upgrade. ok, now back to your regularly scheduled nipples....good luck!!

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