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King of the Cheap But Picky Bastards - $700 < 16 pound bike

Old 12-19-18, 01:03 AM
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Lol .... now we have a weight-weenies thread.

Actually i am enjoying the thread---it is good for strengthening my discipline. I will Not start another bike build ... I will Not start another bike build .....
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Old 12-19-18, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by raria View Post
went with a 1 x 11 mountain bike build (its a cyclocross bike) with drop bars and a MTB shifter but with a traditional brake levers.

Shifters - Shimano SLX M7000 11 speed - 141g - JensonUSA $29
RD - Shimano SLX M7000 11 speed - 323g - JensonUSA $47
Chain - SRAM 11 Speed PC-1130 - 249g - Amazon $13
Cassette - 10 Speed MicroShift 11-25 Cassette - 253g Nashbar $19
10 speed cassette and 11 speed shifters???

You might look at some of the Microshift bar end shifters, in either Road compatible or MTB compatible.

I thought the RS-10 was 10 speed, and the RS-11 was 11 speed, although perhaps Shimano has messed around with the numbers a bit.

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Old 12-19-18, 11:20 AM
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After reading this thread now interested in building some light carbon bike. I have a full Ultegra 6700 that can take off from a bike I just built some 2 months ago...
Yesterday I was looking at eBay for some cheap carbon wheelset - there are some for 300 bucks shipped and sub 1500 g.
Does anyone have experience with the made in China (mainland) wheelset?
If I go a bit higher, there is some from Taiwan too.
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Old 12-19-18, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by phtomita View Post
After reading this thread now interested in building some light carbon bike. I have a full Ultegra 6700 that can take off from a bike I just built some 2 months ago...
Yesterday I was looking at eBay for some cheap carbon wheelset - there are some for 300 bucks shipped and sub 1500 g.
Does anyone have experience with the made in China (mainland) wheelset?
If I go a bit higher, there is some from Taiwan too.
I bought light china carbon wheels but got them from a reputable company for $450. I bought some wheels built up with Kinlin rims off chinese seller on ebay and they were about 1250g I believe and build quality was garbage. But parts were good and price was good, just needed to have them completely retensnioned and trued locally
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Old 12-19-18, 11:47 AM
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still waiting for pics or it didn't happen
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Old 12-19-18, 08:26 PM
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If it comes to <16lbs kudos and even if it's a bit more it's still a great build. Having done a similar (road) build and got to 15.5 lbs for $1300 (although I built more to low maint/long life than weight) , I know how hard it is but I found I added almost a lb to my "excel" build compared to "as built" as everything just weighed a bit more than advertised.
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Old 12-20-18, 07:40 AM
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Bar tape arrived

Should be up in a day or 2 now. I didn't want to weigh it without the bat tape because I'm sure some of you would have said it doesn't count because there is no bar tape.
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still waiting for pics or it didn't happen
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Old 12-24-18, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by raria View Post
Should be up in a day or 2 now.
4 days later...
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Old 12-24-18, 02:03 PM
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He's probably still trying to figure out why it weighs 18.5 lbs after he built it up.

Looks like OP was going off manufacturer stated weights. These usually don't reflect reality.
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Old 12-24-18, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by raria View Post
Should be up in a day or 2 now. I didn't want to weigh it without the bat tape because I'm sure some of you would have said it doesn't count because there is no bar tape.
still want to see the stem that came with the frame which supports a 25.4mm bar as thats an extremely odd setup for a modern frame.
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Old 12-24-18, 02:57 PM
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Even more weight to be saved if you strip down the saddle, trim the unused part of the seatpost, sand down the brake pads, and put some speed holes in the componentry. Free modifications too!
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Old 12-25-18, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
still waiting for pics or it didn't happen
posted now.

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He's probably still trying to figure out why it weighs 18.5 lbs after he built it up.

Looks like OP was going off manufacturer stated weights. These usually don't reflect reality.
Use my own weights of my kitchen scale. Interestingly some manufacturers weights were too low some too high. Ended up coming in at 16.05 pounds. I think it was due to the cables weighing more than I thought.

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still want to see the stem that came with the frame which supports a 25.4mm bar as thats an extremely odd setup for a modern frame.
See picture above. It's a most unusual bike a mix between mountain bike and road bike. 130mm rear spacing, 25.4mm stem, tapered head tube etc.
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Old 12-25-18, 01:15 PM
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You might think it's a little nuts but I have a saddle like this
https://www.amazon.com/UNISTRENGH-Up.../dp/B073PYFKSV mine was 170 grams

It's comfortable, for me, up to 80-100 miles anyway. That or a cheaper version might be a way to make it even lighter for cheap.
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Old 12-25-18, 02:39 PM
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Mine doesn't beat the weight or the price of the OP's, but I'm moderately proud of it as a bit of a budget build.

7.3kg total weight. Cost 750 but that's with me already owning the shifters, RD, wheels, bars, stem, saddle from my previous (now winter) bike.

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Old 12-25-18, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
put some speed holes in the componentry.

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Hehe I wanted to use speedholes originally but I wasn't sure if anybody would get the reference!

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Old 12-25-18, 05:11 PM
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The lack of color photos is a major letdown.

Add to that, the thumb shifters are thoroughly impractical.

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Old 12-25-18, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by raria View Post
See picture above. It's a most unusual bike a mix between mountain bike and road bike. 130mm rear spacing, 25.4mm stem, tapered head tube etc.
nope.

interesting build, but nope.
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Originally Posted by raria View Post

Saddle - Amazon 122g - $9
wat
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Old 12-26-18, 05:26 AM
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I love that the 'cheap' build has an Enve fork! Surely that alone would take up most of a cheap budget.
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Old 12-26-18, 07:44 AM
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I like the Cannondale budget build
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I love that the 'cheap' build has an Enve fork! Surely that alone would take up most of a cheap budget.
Yeah. A quick poke around shows the 2.0 going for $387 on several sites.
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Originally Posted by raisinberry777 View Post
I love that the 'cheap' build has an Enve fork! Surely that alone would take up most of a cheap budget.
the fork came with the frame. It was part of the frameset purchase. A headset was included too.
definitely don't remember a 25.4mm stem being included, and it makes 0 sense to have included one when almost no modern style bars are made to that spec, but the OP says the stem was also included.

I saw the frameset for sale- it was a legit deal.
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Pics with pedals on ... and bike on a scale or nothing is truth.
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Old 12-26-18, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by themidge View Post
Mine doesn't beat the weight or the price of the OP's, but I'm moderately proud of it as a bit of a budget build.

7.3kg total weight. Cost 750 but that's with me already owning the shifters, RD, wheels, bars, stem, saddle from my previous (now winter) bike.

That's impressive for sure. Sweet bike and a great price.
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