I like my mountain bike. It’s feisty, nimble, and dead sexy. But it’s a little heavy. The primary culprit right now are a pair of 700g—each!— tires. I have solutions to that problem on order, and they will be arriving shortly. But I’d like to explore the various options of shedding grams here and there on some of the other parts. I’ve never been much of weight weenie, and so I do not know all the trade secrets of gram shaving. Only that it’s usually associated with budget busting irrationality. Isn’t it?
So, here is the game: Take a look at my build, posted below, and help me identify parts that could be reasonably upgraded. And by reasonable, I mean that I have no intention of spending $1,500 to save 100 grams… In fact, let’s put my budget between $500-800. Also keep in mind that I am not exactly a featherweight… I need durable parts.
- Wheels: Bontrager RXL Scandium (26er) 704g/818g
- Fork: Reba Team 1620g
- Handlebar: Bontrager XXX Carbon flat 110g
- Brakes: Avid Juicy Seven 395g
- Grips: Ergon GX2 Carbon
- Shock: Rock Shox Monarch 4.2 200g
- Crank: TruVativ Stylo OCT 822g
- Pedals: Time ATAC Carbon 338g
- Seatpost: Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon 260g
- Saddle: Bontrager RXL N/A
- Rear Derailleur: Sram X-9
- Front: MRP 1.x chain guide 58g
- Stem: Bontrager RXL 90mm 119g