Weight Weenie Project revival (Cannondale)

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Posted: Feb 9, 2020 at 2:46 Quote
Hi All,

I have been out of the MTB sport for about 7 years and just making my way back. I used to race XC and I have an old Weight Weenies project which I was working on 7 years ago. Instead of going out and buying the latest and greatest, I decided to revive my old bike and see whether it is still fun to ride.

The bike could properly use an upgrade or two, hence asking around for a bit of advise from fellow riders who have a bit better insight on recent products and developments in the MTB industry.

The bike currently stands as:

Cannondale Flash 2011 frame set
Lefty DLR SL fork with carbon steer tube
Shimano XTR brakes with Kettle Cycles carbon rotors (rotors do not work well and will be replaced) and Ti bolts
Tune hubs
DT Swiss spokes
AX Lightness Carbon rims 27,5”
Ultralight tubes
Schwalbe Thunderburt tyre (need replacement)
AX Lightness carbon stem
MCFK carbon Handlebar
10 Spd SRAM XX shifter with carbon hanger
SRAM rear mech with Fibrelyte carbon pulleys and arm
SRAM XX Cassette
SRAM XX Chain
THM Clavicula carbon cranks
LOOK carbon pedals
Tune rear QR
MCFK carbon seat post
MCFK carbon seat
Ti bolts in all stress points and Smoke carbon bolts in all none stress points
Foam grips

Total weight: 6,9 Kilos

For now, I am thinking about some new brakes and any recommendations would be appreciated. In addition, are there any other components which have evolved in a way that it would be worth considering investing in for my current ride?

There may be some who would suggest getting a 29”, but for now, I am not up for building an entire new bike, so any recommendations for the current ride would be great (even though I do recognize it may be a bit dated).

Thank you

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Posted: Feb 9, 2020 at 5:40 Quote
Your bike is pretty nice. Most of whats on there is already top stuff. For nit picking weightweenie-ism you'll need to post actual weights of each part and then we could go about comparing new components.
For brakes you could look at the Trickstuff Piccola https://trickstuff.de/piccola-carbon/
Definitely get rid of the Kettle carbon rotors.
For stem, handlebar, and seatpost the company Darimo is doing crazy light and gets reasonable reviews. http://darimo.eu/en/

You could also check out Weightweenies forum (https://weightweenies.starbike.com/) Those guys are all into it. This thread may be of interest: https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=156277&start=540

Posted: Feb 9, 2020 at 6:37 Quote
You need a dropper post man. That's the most important thing that happened to MTB since you took a break Wink I would also go tubeless. And that's it for now, I would do that, ride it and see how it feels.

Posted: Feb 9, 2020 at 6:49 Quote
octanejake wrote:
Your bike is pretty nice. Most of whats on there is already top stuff. For nit picking weightweenie-ism you'll need to post actual weights of each part and then we could go about comparing new components.
For brakes you could look at the Trickstuff Piccola https://trickstuff.de/piccola-carbon/
Definitely get rid of the Kettle carbon rotors.
For stem, handlebar, and seatpost the company Darimo is doing crazy light and gets reasonable reviews. http://darimo.eu/en/

You could also check out Weightweenies forum (https://weightweenies.starbike.com/) Those guys are all into it. This thread may be of interest: https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=156277&start=540

Thanks for input. Yes, I am familiar with WeightWeenies.Starbike. They used to be much more active 10 years ago but the forum has died a lot down the last years. Still a lot of good info on there I recon. I have been looking at the Trickstuff and it is going to be interesting to see how works. The few places I have looked it has been out of stock though. Darimo is worth a look for sure.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 at 2:05 Quote
i bought a very similar bike off ebay about 5 years ago. same frame and fork. sram xx 1x with a sram red cassette 11-26. 26" stans race wheels with furious fred tires (generally useless tires.) carbon seat (hylix, broke on the first ride) carbon post and bars etc. not sure what the original owner was using it for with that set up, maybe CX ? it was about 16lbs i think. i swapped over to xx1 ( and now eagle) , 27.5 stans wheels with thunder burts, wider bars, better saddle. probably gained at least 2 pounds but the ride is so much better and reliable. still lighter than any current 29er AXS race rig. absolutely killer for any gravel race that has some tech to it, or XC race that doesn't need FS. Point being, if you want to go for the absolute lightest, the ride will suffer. i'm much happier with a super light bike that actually rides well.

oh yeah.... definitely go tubeless

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 at 5:45 Quote
jflan710 wrote:
i bought a very similar bike off ebay about 5 years ago. same frame and fork. sram xx 1x with a sram red cassette 11-26. 26" stans race wheels with furious fred tires (generally useless tires.) carbon seat (hylix, broke on the first ride) carbon post and bars etc. not sure what the original owner was using it for with that set up, maybe CX ? it was about 16lbs i think. i swapped over to xx1 ( and now eagle) , 27.5 stans wheels with thunder burts, wider bars, better saddle. probably gained at least 2 pounds but the ride is so much better and reliable. still lighter than any current 29er AXS race rig. absolutely killer for any gravel race that has some tech to it, or XC race that doesn't need FS. Point being, if you want to go for the absolute lightest, the ride will suffer. i'm much happier with a super light bike that actually rides well.

oh yeah.... definitely go tubeless

Well, I definitely get your point. That said, I still think it is possible to build a lightweight ride while still utilizing rideable components which do not break just looking at them Smile The only time I broke a component right away was when I experimented with a carbon chainring....that didn't last for sure. I need better brakes for sure (looking at the TrickStuff Piccola) and may consider moving from current 10 Spd to 11 or 12. For tyres and tubes.....agree, this can be a challenge. Haven't looked into how heavy a tubeless setup will be yet, but need to do some research here. Thank you for your input.

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