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    1998 Filet-brazed custom steel bike on a diet. What else can I do ?

    I've had this bike since winter of 1998 and it's still my favorite bike 16 years later.

    I'm a big guy (6'4", 220 lbs) so the frame wasn't exactly built light.

    Over the years it's gone through different incarnations.

    Recently I've been obsessed with trying to get the bike as light as possible. With some careful parts selections I've been able to get it down to about 25 pounds.

    Parts are -

    Titec Titanium Flat Tracker Bar - 25", 11 degree sweep
    Race Face Stem
    Deore Xt Thumbshifters 7/8 speed
    Tektro 3 finger brake levers
    Deore Xt Derailleurs (M737/M739)
    Avid Arch Rival 5.0 rear brake
    Cane Creek Direct Curve Front Brake
    Sram 8 speed chain
    Control Tech Bar Ends
    XTR Chromoly Seat Post
    Titec Ithy's Amore Titanium Rail Saddle
    Mavic 217/XTR M952 wheelset
    Titanium Quick Releases
    Schwalbe Fast Fred Rear Tire
    Specialized Fast Trak Front Tire
    FSA Headset
    Avocet Speedometer with Altimeter
    Origin 8 Black Ops Carbon Fiber Fork
    Cook Brothers E-Type Cranks
    Titec Titanium Bottom Bracket
    Ritchey Pedals

    The rear gears are all seperate cogs.

    The drivetrain is 17/28/44x11-39, eight speed. The rear cogs are
    11-14-17-20-24-30-34-39.


    So the ideas I have to lighten it further are:

    Ti Cycles 2 bolt Titanium Seat Post (200 grams or so instead of 250)
    Titanium Cogs (Only the 39t is titanium, Action Tec)
    Hollow Pin Chain
    Titanium Bolt Kit
    XTR M952 RD (About 20+ grams lighter than the current one)
    Lighter Brake Levers
    Lighter Headset (Chris King ?)

    It's lived most of its life between 28-30 pounds depending on the parts. I know it's not exactly super light but I'd be psyched if I could get the bike down to 24 pounds or so.


    Any suggestions are welcome, thanks for the advice.
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    Some ideas-
    Remove the brake boosters, bar ends and 1 bottle cage plus its bolts. Cover bottle cage holes with electrical tape. Replace other cage with an Andrews King Ti cage plus Al fixing bolts.
    Replace seat, seat post and handle bar with light weight carbon fiber versions.
    Foam grips.
    Extralite Al canti studs, crank fixing bolts and v brakes plus levers.
    Lite weight tubes or tubeless.
    Eggbeater pedals.
    Al chain rings.
    SID fork.
    About 21 pounds and your wallet will be lighter as well.

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    Thanks for the response!

    I guess a SID is pretty light but the carbon fork that's on there is less than 800 grams. I don't like suspension forks on rigid frames. For me it's either full rigid or full suspension.

    I suppose I could save some weight with a carbon post but the ti one I have is probably about as light as most carbon posts I can buy. It's a Ti Cycles post that's about 200 grams.


    Also, the titanium flat tracker bar is about 150 grams. Do they make carbon bars lighter than that ?

    Same question about the Titec seat. It's got titanium rails and weighs about 208 grams. I suppose a spider style seat would be about 100 grams lighter.

    The tubes are 118 grams. Are there lighter tubes out there ? Butyl ?

    The chainrings are already aluminum except for the 17t granny, which is a 7 speed Shimano cog.

    Any idea how much weight I'd save by going with lighter bolts ? 50-80 grams ?

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