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Which upgrades to lighten bike

Old 09-21-08, 03:07 PM
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Which upgrades to lighten bike

I have a 1992 Basso Ti frame/EMS carbon fork, Ergo shifters with Campy record 8 speed. These are the current upgrade options I'm considering:
1. Replace ceneli quill stem and handle bars with quill adapter, new stem and FSA carban handle bars.
2. Replace record cranks with carbon cranks
3. Change aluminum seat post with carbon.
4. Replace campy stainless steel headset with updated aluminum.
I l don't expect to make this a 17 lb Cervelo, but want to upgrade without buying a new bike. The bike is currently 19 pounds
Seeking suggestions for which of these options or combinations make the most sense.
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Old 09-21-08, 03:10 PM
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1. No. Minimal weight savings, lots of cash.
2. Maybe, but very few of the uber-light carbon cranks out there will like your 8-speed chain.
3. Get a Thomson. Best seatpost available. Period. And usually just as light as the less durable carbon versions.
4. Lots of cash and labor for minimal weight savings.

What about the wheels? What kind of wheels are you riding?
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I'd skip the carbon bars and seat post, otherwise, go for it.
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19 lbs is fine. I recently went from a 19 lb steel frame bike to a 17 lb CF frame bike and the weight difference has a trivial effect on performance.

If you really want to spend money to make your bike perform better, your thread title should be "Recommend a nice wheelset upgrade."
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Originally Posted by bklein View Post
I have a 1992 Basso Ti frame/EMS carbon fork, Ergo shifters with Campy record 8 speed. These are the current upgrade options I'm considering:
1. Replace ceneli quill stem and handle bars with quill adapter, new stem and FSA carban handle bars.
2. Replace record cranks with carbon cranks
3. Change aluminum seat post with carbon.
4. Replace campy stainless steel headset with updated aluminum.
I l don't expect to make this a 17 lb Cervelo, but want to upgrade without buying a new bike. The bike is currently 19 pounds
Seeking suggestions for which of these options or combinations make the most sense.
A bike under 20 pounds is really more than adequate. You won't notice a difference with any of the above. Wheels might be worth checking out depending on what you have now.

Save your money.
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Old 09-21-08, 03:41 PM
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My wheels: rear is campy hub 32 hole/14ga mavic ceramic rim. I switch up the front.
18 spoke Rolf Vector areo rim with bladed spokes or a 24 hole campy hub mavic ceramic rim with ti spokes.
I would love a nice set of areo wheels, but the bike is an 8 speed so I think I only have a front to play with.
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Originally Posted by bklein View Post
My wheels: rear is campy hub 32 hole/14ga mavic ceramic rim. I switch up the front.
18 spoke Rolf Vector areo rim with bladed spokes or a 24 hole campy hub mavic ceramic rim with ti spokes.
I would love a nice set of areo wheels, but the bike is an 8 speed so I think I only have a front to play with.
Try a place like www.prowheelbuilder.com. They can lace up some aero goodness from Zipp, Blackwell, Reynolds, whatever to a suitable rear hub.
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I saved nearly 2lbs by changing wheels. Went from traditional Colnago wheels and got Easton Orion II's- best choice I made.
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By a Cervelo Soloist with Zipp 404s and D.A. 7900. That would lighten things up. That's an upgrade.
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Yes. Wheels.
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