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    2008 Orbea Alma going on a diet

    I currently ride a 2008 Orbea Alma that was donated to me by a very kind friend. Being a poor college kid, I cannibalized a Motobecane to build it up. Current specs are as follows:

    Reba 29" RL
    FSA Afterburner Crank (setup 1x10)
    FSA MegaEXO Bottom Bracket
    Shimano M520 pedals
    E.13 XCX E-type chain guide
    Short Cage X.0. RD 10 speed
    X.0. rear shifter
    Shimano DynaSYS SLX cassette
    XT chain
    Heavy WTB Laser Disc trail rims on Formula Gravity hubs
    Kenda SB8 rear, Geax Saguaro front tires
    Elixer CR brakes
    Heavy Ritchey Comp 620 mm bar
    Bontrager RXL 130 mm stem
    WTB DualCompound grips
    155 gram Bontrager saddle ($20 on the bay, SCORE!)


    Planning on the following upgrades:
    Crest wheels (ZTR hubs, considering AC's, but think I'll just do the ZTR's)
    Crossmark rear tire
    Ikon front
    XT cassette
    Carbon bar (watching classifieds and the bay, looking for something around 650 mm and 150 grams, suggestions?)
    Ashima 160 mm rotors
    Homebrewed 32T ring
    Ritchey Pro Paradigm pedals
    KCNC or Ritchey WCS barends
    KCNC foam grips
    Orbea seatpost


    Also considering:
    KCNC skewers
    ??????

    Any other ideas on where to drop weight? I'm looking to spend all up no more than $1200, preferable closer to $1000. Any suggestions on better components to get?

    I'm thinking of blinging it up a bit. My shifter and saddle have gold trim, brakes are red. Found a near new Crest wheelset with red nipples. Thinking of going with a gold KCNC chain, bar ends, and skewers, and a red chainring and grips to match. Wish I could see it though before buying to see how the red and gold would go.

    Thanks!

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    If you get the Ritchey pedals give us review after a couple of months of hard use.

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    Being a WW and having s strict budget are sort of mutually exclusive.....
    sell blood!

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    Limba- will do

    Yogii- understood. I'm not going for a 16 pounder here though, just looking to save as much as possible within my budget. Don't see the point in dropping $3000 into a 4 year old frame (although I do love the frame) I got for free when my legs will hold me up far more in races than the bike. Next winter I already have a Scott Scale RC with either a lefty or Sid XX planned, but for now I'm gonna make the most out of my orbea.

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    Also looking for a nice multitool and saddle bag. Suggestions? Tool needs to have a chain breaker. Thanks!

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    I'd go with an Aspen rear tire over the CrossMark, unless you ride a lot of pavement.

    And the Orbea seatpost is pretty heavy- could do better there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bholwell View Post
    I'd go with an Aspen rear tire over the CrossMark, unless you ride a lot of pavement.

    And the Orbea seatpost is pretty heavy- could do better there.
    Thanks for the tire advice. Most people around here run CrossMark's rear, maybe I'll get both and try em out.

    Seatpost comes in at 250 grams. I could save around 50 grams going with a titanium KCNC for $100, but grams saved to dollars spent ratio above 1:1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogii View Post
    Being a WW and having s strict budget are sort of mutually exclusive.....
    sell blood!

    And a kidney

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy135 View Post
    Thanks for the tire advice. Most people around here run CrossMark's rear, maybe I'll get both and try em out.

    Seatpost comes in at 250 grams. I could save around 50 grams going with a titanium KCNC for $100, but grams saved to dollars spent ratio above 1:1.
    If your seatpost is 250g, then a KCNC would save closer to 100g.

    Upgrade wheels before anything else, They make the biggest difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    If you get the Ritchey pedals give us review after a couple of months of hard use.
    I have had a set of the Pro Paradigm pedals for a year. They have been great, with no play in the axles. My only complaint is that they are a little harder to get clipped in compared to the previous WCS V4 pedals. But since the WCS pedals would get worn out in about 1000 miles I am not too upset about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COLINx86 View Post
    If your seatpost is 250g, then a KCNC would save closer to 100g.

    Upgrade wheels before anything else, They make the biggest difference.
    My bad, I'd been looking at the setback version. Might add that to my list after all.

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    So I have on my way:

    Crest wheelset
    Mavic Aspen, Ignitors (X2), and Crossmark tires (for a variety to try out)
    Ritchey Pro Paradgims
    Answer Carbon flat bar 660 mm
    Ashima 160 rotors
    Homebrewed chainring
    ESI Racer's Edge grips
    KCNC skewers

    Hoping this will get me down to around 21 lbs. I'll post build pics as stuff arrives!!

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    Just picked up some XX brakes for cheap on fleabay. So add that in. Stuff's showing up, but seeing as this is finals week of my last semester ever in school, I've had other priorities. I'll get build pics up once I get started, along with weights on everything. Decided to stick with my SLX cassette for now. It still has lots of life on it. Once the racing season starts up in March I'll swap to something lighter.

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