I'm in the process of converting a mountain bike--Kona Blast--into a commuter. The main thing I want to do is drop some weight.
I was surprised to find (on Kona's Web site) that the frame is really light, at 2.7 pounds, unless that's a typo. But the bike weights a little over 30 pounds. I see bikes with frames that weigh about the same (Like Kona's PhD) that weigh 21 pounds. So somewhere on my bike there's nine pounds I ought to be able to shed.
The first step, obviously, is the fork: If I replace the Marzocchi MZ3 with a fixed steel fork I'll save pounds (how many I'm not sure; can anyone tell me how much a fixed fork for a mountain-style frame weighs?). If I go with carbon I'd save a few more ounces.
So I'm going to do that: take off the shock and put on a fixed. So what should I do next? Tires, wheels?
Can somebody make me a list of the most efficient/cheapest weighs to reduce the weight of a mountain bike while turning it into a commuter?