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    <15lb single speed bike for under US$2.5k? possible?

    instead of saying yes/no, please give examples. if you have a build in mind, please list components/prices/weights if possible.

    i was looking at the trek district carbon, but it's a bit pricey and i want flat handlbars, don't like drops.


    my 2007 Langster weighs 19.3lbs and is nearly stock.

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    honestly all your need is a yes/no type answer. you're asking for pretty much all the work that you should be doing on your own.

    after saying that. i think yes.
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    moto team track - 850
    + kinlin xr200's to novatec f,r with hollow axles and dt rev spokes - 250 if you can build yourself.
    -125 selling the stock rims
    -250 sell DA7710 crankset
    +100 SRAM S300 ( just cause its cheaper, not much lighter)

    825.

    should get you to <15 easy.

    edit:
    -40 deda pistas
    +40-60 ec90 flat/riserbar (120g)

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    My Team Track was about 16 stock with pedals (no brakes). Put on some lighter wheels and you're done.
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    my non-poser bike?

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    Much like the story of the Team Track above, I ride a 2011 Trek T1. I put bullhorns on it and changed my seat (not looking to drop weight at all) and it weighs about 16.8lbs. I bought it new and complete for $600 (w/o tax).

    Throw on some carbon components, maybe change the wheelset, and there you have it. A sub 15lb bike.

    The District is just a Madone with different dropouts..and I have a sweet spot for Madones, so just buy the district and post some pics!

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    Get a Felt Footprint. It is $1600 retail. Would be really easy to hit 14lbs with that frame.

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    I've got a Trek Carbon series road bike about 17 lbs. If I made it into a SS it would be about 14 lbs. No horizontal dropout though, it's a Bit** doing the conversion

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    Quote Originally Posted by BotByte View Post
    I've got a Trek Carbon series road bike about 17 lbs. If I made it into a SS it would be about 14 lbs. No horizontal dropout though, it's a Bit** doing the conversion
    Not really White makes a hub for that exactly...
    http://www.whiteind.com/rearhubs/singlespeedhubs.html
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    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Not really relevant to thread topic, but still pretty cool.
    Custom 11lb. fixed gear at iMINUSD
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    Wow $2.5k is decent to intermediate new roadie territory... or used advanced/ professional.

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    how much is that joeangelo, where to buy, etc?

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    Wabi Lightning Frame replace carbon fork if necessary
    Sram S300 or Omniums
    Custom Wheelset consisting of kinlin rims with sapim cx rays and mack lightweight low flange single sided hub and an american classics micro road front hub.
    Aluminum nipples can be used but brass should be used in the rear. radial front. factor in weight while deciding spoke count. Use velo plugs, or I suppose you can cut up velox rim tape. Also run continental supersonic tires and tubes.
    enve seatpost and stem (thomson masterpiece and thomson x2 are more cost effective)
    pick saddle that is comfy for you and find lightest version available
    carbon bars of choice
    chain of choice
    pedal system of choice.

    If you really want to go all out change out all of the bolts too

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    i assume we are talking about purchasing new here?

    if not, this bike sits at about 15.5 lbs and i've spent about $400 total.

    (note: the weight is with pedals and a chain tensioner, even if the photo is not)
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    My steel fixed gear currently weighs ~19 lbs with some of the heaviest off-the-shelf wheels you can buy. If I got some nice low flange hubs/low profile rims/nice spokes, some decent lightweight tires, and a carbon stem/bar combo I'm sure I could knock off an easy 4 lbs. With a $2.5k budget, I would have an additional $1700 budget to do so. NO PROBLEM.
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    piecing together a bike is your best bet to put all the weight weenies stuff on. I got my fixed litespeed to 13 pounds, and it still has alum seatpost/stem/handle bars I could probably get it even lighter with carbon pieces. I kept it all under 2k if you catch the right prices on ebay/craigslist etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BotByte View Post
    I've got a Trek Carbon series road bike about 17 lbs. If I made it into a SS it would be about 14 lbs. No horizontal dropout though, it's a Bit** doing the conversion
    an eno hub or eno bottom bracket makes it pretty simple...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryyando View Post
    Wabi Lightning Frame replace carbon fork if necessary
    Sram S300 or Omniums
    Custom Wheelset consisting of kinlin rims with sapim cx rays and mack lightweight low flange single sided hub and an american classics micro road front hub.
    Aluminum nipples can be used but brass should be used in the rear. radial front. factor in weight while deciding spoke count. Use velo plugs, or I suppose you can cut up velox rim tape. Also run continental supersonic tires and tubes.
    enve seatpost and stem (thomson masterpiece and thomson x2 are more cost effective)
    pick saddle that is comfy for you and find lightest version available
    carbon bars of choice
    chain of choice
    pedal system of choice.

    If you really want to go all out change out all of the bolts too
    This almost describes my bike. I have it down to 14.3 pounds, having spent about a 1000 euros.

    And this is my heavy spec. XR-300 wheels, Cn mac bladed spokes, brass nips and a novatec rack HF rear and road front.

    I'm debating changing out the stock fork for a full carbon one, but the stock has a 50 mm rake. Most full carbon jobbies have 45 mm max and the Lightning isn't the quickest handling bike, so that would become worse.

    But I would save 230 grms right away.

    If I go brakeless and change out some more parts (lighter seatpost, put in my XR-200 wheelset at 1322 grms), I will have a 12.1 pound bike. And have spent about 1700 dollars.

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    You fixed my flat tire and now my light doesn't work, so...

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    Sounds like I couldn't buy a 15lb single speed bike, but I could build one for 2k.

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    wabi lightnings are like 16lbs out the door. shouldn't be too difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batavus View Post
    This almost describes my bike. I have it down to 14.3 pounds, having spent about a 1000 euros.

    And this is my heavy spec. XR-300 wheels, Cn mac bladed spokes, brass nips and a novatec rack HF rear and road front.

    I'm debating changing out the stock fork for a full carbon one, but the stock has a 50 mm rake. Most full carbon jobbies have 45 mm max and the Lightning isn't the quickest handling bike, so that would become worse.

    But I would save 230 grms right away.

    If I go brakeless and change out some more parts (lighter seatpost, put in my XR-200 wheelset at 1322 grms), I will have a 12.1 pound bike. And have spent about 1700 dollars.

    I
    Lol that sounds like your bike because the wheelset build is basically from your thread

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    Right then, of course. I should have known... How much did your wheels end up weighing?
    You fixed my flat tire and now my light doesn't work, so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8steve8 View Post
    Sounds like I couldn't buy a 15lb single speed bike, but I could build one for 2k.
    Based on your three posts, it sounds like you have too much money to throw around and not enough bicycle knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbwoi View Post
    Based on your three posts, it sounds like you have too much money to throw around and not enough bicycle knowledge.
    May be, but hey lots of people by decent cars yet couldn't build one from bare metal.

    Lots of people buy nice computers without having a clue to what's going on inside.

    I don't feel ashamed to want to buy a nice single speed bike.

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    You could build a 15 pound Kilo for around $1500 or less.
    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...RVDGNYp-tthdQY How do hotdogs survive in the wild with no eyes or legs??

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