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Old 09-13-08, 10:38 AM   #1
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Why is my Fuji Cross Comp so heavy?

I bought a 2008 Fuji Cross Comp a few weeks ago in preparation for the local CX race series. I love the bike and got a sick deal on it at a Performance retail store. The problem is the weight. It's just over 23 lbs! I love the way it rides but lifting it and carrying it is a drag. Here are the specs: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Comp&Type=bike

1. What is making it so heavy? (the 2007 was 2 lbs lighter)
2. how could I make it lighter?

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Old 09-13-08, 10:48 AM   #2
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If it's a stock setup, the biggest weight offenders are probably the wheels and the house-brand cockpit parts (seatpost/stem/bar). Also of note is the fork with a steel steerer.
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Old 09-13-08, 07:38 PM   #3
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I don't know those wheels but 32 spoke wheels are typically heavy but very strong.
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Old 09-13-08, 07:42 PM   #4
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My road race bike is 24 pounds, so my cross bike is actually lighter. Wheels are a place where companies sneak in cheaper components and hope nobody notices. You may find you have a cheap and nasty crank too. You could buy some snazzy TA or Stronglight rings as a replacement.
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Old 09-14-08, 10:33 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies y'all! I'm not going to modify anything this season but I'm going to keep my eye out for some light tubulars for next year.
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Old 09-14-08, 03:00 PM   #6
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Definately the wheels, to some extent the fork as well. Also the stem/bars/post, as noted.
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It's all about the wheels.
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