Ok this bikes future is decided now; it's going to be a weight weenie 'ish build. Quite accidental really; I needed to sell the parts from the bike to fund the purchase
but then of course I needed to replace the parts I sold which is where the weight weenie idea was born....
I had a Huret Success Titanium rear mech which I thought I'd use for it's novelty value, Suntour Cyclone front mech which although not particurly light I am rather fond of the design and this one is not good enough to sell. USE alien seatpost and Specialized saddle which felt reasonably light were out the spares box as were the Dia-Compe BRS200 brake calipers.
Fella came into the shop with the DA crank and bb and being a fan of DA I thought I'd slip that on there too. Cinelli bars and stem were chosen as it was the only one I had in about 100mm but although I've not done many miles yet I think it maybe a bit short.
By now the weight weenie idea was set in my head so when shopping for some brake levers I found myself choosing these DC ones not only for their looks but also for their weight (220g).
Wheels were a bit of a stickler then I recalled a Colnago I had pass through a couple of years ago with some Mavic Ksyrium's and thought I quite fancy some of them. My hunt started only to find that they were pretty far over what I want to pay, even second hand. However as luck would have it I found a cheap pair in a far corner of the net and even managed to get the seller to deliver them to me
Tyres, cassette, chain, pedals (I really, really need some toeclips!) were all just from the spares box and the tape was removed from a customers bike that morning (I was replacing his shifters and retaping with new! I didn't just nick his tape
This is where it's at now:
The result is a very surprising 8.6kg (18.92lbs)
I was hoping to get it below 20lbs so well happy with that especially as I've not really tried with it yet. I think as it's intended as a rider I would like STI type shifters on it and SRAM seem to be the lightest and they're rather neat too (double tap may take a bit of getting used to). SRAM mechs are also very light so they may find their way on there as well, if I can find some cheap enough.
I have a 135g saddle and 200g bars that are intended for it but I want to collect all the parts together and rebuild it in one fell swoop especially as I need to completely strip the entire bike to send of the frame for part of my weight loss program (nothing too exciting)...
Kind of ironic building a weight weenie when it is I that could lose the most weight! I'll probably snap every lightweight component on there with my extreme mass!
I've never built a weight weenie before....