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Old 11-27-03, 06:52 PM
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19 pound mountain bike?

This guy claims his scoot is less than 19 pounds! Is it possible, or did he just make a typo?


http://www.nippleme.com/bike/index.htm
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Old 11-27-03, 06:56 PM
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He is working with some pretty light bits there, all except that wheelset, those rims are not the lightest. I might buy what he claims, that is a scandium frame, those formula brakes are some of the lightest around and he has XTR mechs and sram twist shifters along with a light stem/seatpost/saddle combo. Its possible.

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Old 11-27-03, 06:57 PM
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How is it that he uses SRAM shifters with an XTR derailler?
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Originally Posted by Jim311
How is it that he uses SRAM shifters with an XTR derailler?
Sram makes a line of Shimano compatible shifters. Click here. I'm running Rockets on my mountain bike with XT. I love 'em. They may not shift as fast as Shimano's triggers, but they aren't slow and they are plenty crisp.
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Old 11-27-03, 07:07 PM
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Oh, I run SRAM twisters on my bike.. shifts just as fast as the XTR stuff if you ask me. I was just curious because I couldn't remember if SRAMs stuff is compatible or not because my XO isn't compatible because it uses a different ratio.
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Originally Posted by Jim311
Oh, I run SRAM twisters on my bike.. shifts just as fast as the XTR stuff if you ask me. I was just curious because I couldn't remember if SRAMs stuff is compatible or not because my XO isn't compatible because it uses a different ratio.
Yeah, most of Sram's shifters aren't compatible with Shimano, just the 2:1 line.
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Yea the new Attacks are pretty nice, I'm running the X.9s now. That bike could very well be 19 lbs, but i think its more close to 20, that frame is light though, its scandium.
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Old 11-27-03, 09:33 PM
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i believe it, what would that setup cost?
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That frame isnt terribly expensive, i beleive from the QBP book, its around 600 bucks, and I think the total setup may be less than 2000?
No idea really
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just a side note about sram esp and shimano: a friend got XT rear der and sram esp shifters and somehow they work. now, my sram esp shifters also work with my sram 9.0sl rear mech. maybe things are compatible but we just buy into what we are told without trying for ourselves?
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Yea, I've been able to tweak a SRAM shifter with a Shimano Derraileur, and usually it will work after tweaking the limit screws and cable tension. BUt I think they dont advise it because the adjustments dont stay in place all the time.
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Perfectly possible depending on the build. Check out http://weightweenies.starbike.com and look under the articles section to see builds of other hardtails in the 15-18 pound range.
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I beleive Rocky Mountain had a 18 pounder at the bike trade show this year.

I'd be leery of hitting it hard since I am 190 lbs during much of the season. I'd say it should be for 155 pounders or in that general range. Something had to be sacraficed for the low weight.
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I like the skulls on the ends of the bars and the tire cap. Anyone know where to get those things? Also, I've been wondering about the FSA cranks...
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It may seem light but there are plenty of places that he went wrong. The riser bar add almost 20-60 grams of a light cut down flat bar. He kept the third chainring on. (If he wanted to keep that on and lose weight switch to a 11-23 Dura-Ace cassette) The X.O rear is lighter. The wheelset could be a lot lighter. He has about an inch of excess steerer tube and spacers. Eggbeaters are lighter than speedplay. The valve caps look cool but add weight at a piviotal place.
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Wrong? How do you know what his objective was to say he screwed up? It looks like he was just showing a bike he likes to ride, and mentioning the weight. If I say my DH bike weighs 48lbs does that mean I went wrong?

It doesn't look to me as if the owner made any serious attempt at building a super light bike. If he had, with that frame and fork building a 17lb bike would be easy, but anyone obsessed with weight wouldn't put skulls valve caps and bar ends on his bike.

Looks like he wanted a fun bike to ride and has it.
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Old 12-05-03, 01:59 AM
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19 pound mountain bike?

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I like the skulls on the ends of the bars and the tire cap. Anyone know where to get those things? Also, I've been wondering about the FSA cranks...
I can get them all day long. They are cool huh? The price on these things is $10.
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