Time to change things up a bit. When I first built this, my primary focus was on obscene plushness and season-long durability. As such, my choice of parts erred on the side of stout with less regard (within reason) for what things weighed. As a result, it ended up tipping the scales at a tick over 45 lbs.
It rode fine, did everything I wanted it to and was virtually bullet-proof. But it definitely had some 'plowiish' tendencies. I wanted to regain some of the nimbleness and 'pop' that I enjoyed with my old Blindside.
Soooooo . . . this year, my goal was to put it on a diet. My efforts paid off much better than expected: it's now a svelt 41.5 lbs (at least according to my trusty digital luggage scale).
It's the little (and, well, some bigger) things that add up for sure:
- Changed to right-side-up fork (RST R-One, replacing the inverted Sigma)
- New brakes (Hayes Prime, replacing the old 4-pot Stroker Aces)
- Laced new rims with butted DT Swiss Comp spokes
- Put my minimalist Sunline saddle back on
- PG950 11-26 cassette - - replacing the PG970-DH
- 2.35 Excavator on the rear in place of the 2.5 (that's a wait-and-see, depending on course conditions)
. . . and I haven't even gotten to a Ti spring yet for the RC4. I am stoked for the new season!