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cheapest 15lb bike 56cm

Old 01-08-12, 02:39 AM
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cheapest 15lb bike 56cm

for how much can you make or buy a 15lber for?
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Old 01-08-12, 03:12 AM
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I checked the two mainstream companies I could think of that actually list weights (Fuji and Jamis)

Fuji wants $5419 for a 15.4 lb rig.
Jamis wants $4900 for 15.25.

Dunno how much you'd have to spend to shave weight. Strip the paint. Use electrical tape instead of bar tape?
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Old 01-08-12, 04:15 AM
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Make a spreadsheet and find out, weightweenies has extensive weight listings. Use google for prices, or estimate a used price based on completed ebay auctions.
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rossetti wants $3,500 for their murcielago with carbon clinchers.
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Old 01-08-12, 04:45 AM
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That's the best deal yet. According to Youtube poster, 14.84 lbs with Reynolds Assault wheels.

Figure $1100 for them, $3k for the Rossetti = $4100 and you have a spare set of wheels (cuz the Rossetti comes with wheels)
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Pedalforce or November.
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Old 01-09-12, 10:24 AM
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pedalforce cg1 w/sram force. mine with red and boyd 50mm carbon clinchers came in at <14.5 lb.
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Old 01-09-12, 10:54 AM
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I keep looking at the November bikes. With the carbon wheel upgrade, it still comes in under $3,000 - I believe it is just under 16 pounds.
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Is weight your only factor in choosing a bike?
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Oh yeah, you will be so much faster on a 15lb bike vs a 17lb'er.... It will pedal itself... up hill.
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Old 01-09-12, 05:57 PM
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No, Just musing. Just wanted to see where prices are at these days for that kind of bike, seeing as how they are now making 10-13 pound bikes.
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You can probably get a 15 lb bike from BikesDirect for less than $2000.
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Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
You can probably get a 15 lb bike from BikesDirect for less than $2000.
Probably not. They're frames and wheels are ****e and heavy.
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Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
for how much can you make or buy a 15lber for?
bro seriosuly man u can make one in ur garage
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Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
You can probably get a 15 lb bike from BikesDirect for less than $2000.
$2300 for a 16.5 pound 54cm Le Champion Inferno CF. Dunno if that's their lightest, but probably one of their lightest.
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire View Post
rossetti wants $3,500 for their murcielago with carbon clinchers.
+1
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Build it yourself. A new Supersix Hi-mod frame for $1400(used for about $1100), $1000 a set of carbon wheels, $1400 for Red. You'd be into it for about $4400 and be in the mid 14lb range depending on wheels and bars, stem, seat choice. You would need to do some searching, but I like finding deals.

I actually am in the process of doing just this and I'm hoping for around 14lbs, possibly under, and have about $3000 out of pocket into it. I've been buying, selling and trading for the past year. Started with an 18lb Synapse Carbon 5.
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Old 01-10-12, 07:41 AM
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bro seriosuly man u can make one in ur garage
This, or buy a used one. It would be fun to see how cheap you could build one, allowing for noname and used parts.
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Old 01-10-12, 09:19 AM
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I love all the probably and maybe and 16 pound comments, do people not have any discipline anymore?
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My first 'serious' bike was a Motobecane Le Champion about 6 years ago. Out of the box without pedals it was in the mid 15's.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
$2300 for a 16.5 pound 54cm Le Champion Inferno CF. Dunno if that's their lightest, but probably one of their lightest.
Advertised weights don't mean jack.
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That was not an advertised weight. That was what an actual sample that Road Bike Action weighed. Sounds like ravenmore got a much lighter sample, however, making it seem like a 15 lb bike from BD might actually be possible. Probably not for less than $2K like a previous poster was guessing, though.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
That was not an advertised weight. That was what an actual sample that Road Bike Action weighed. Sounds like ravenmore got a much lighter sample, however, making it seem like a 15 lb bike from BD might actually be possible. Probably not for less than $2K like a previous poster was guessing, though.
The year that I got mine it came with some pretty light components. It had American Classic wheels (which at the time were super light), FSA SL-K compact crank, really light tires (can't remember the brand but they'd flat if you looked at them wrong), and full Ritchey WCS cockpit. Still I was surprised when we assembled it at the bike shop and put it on the scale. It was something like 15.6 or so without pedals. They put heavier components on them now though.
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It is important to remember that as a bike gets lighter, it costs a lot more to drop weight. Losing a pound from a 22 lb bike is cheap, but no so from a 16 lb bike.

A 15.00 pound bike with pedals takes planning and money, and "cheap" is relative here. The comment on creating a spreadsheet is correct, although sometimes there are full bike deals that can beat a custom build even with used parts. If building from new and used parts, you need to sweat the details and save 10 grams here and 20 grams there. If however you are starting with an 800 gram frame and 1200 grams wheels, well then it's fairly easy to get under 15 lb.
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