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I love my Bonty, even if it's a 97/98 Trek job, but in it's current build, it's too heavy for me. I am riding more than ever, on lighter bikes to work, and when I take this off road, it's like I'm ploughing a field. If I am keeping it, I want to make it lighter, given that I know it's a steel frame, but still, there is room for improvement I hope, without losing reliability.
Looking for ideas or recommendations for the components as I've not gone down this route before - nothing has broken on this bike despite minimal care and regular riding, but as I believe don't ride mechanically punishing routes, I think I can get away with going lighter.
About what kind of riding I'll be doing:
This is going to be my only off-road bike, and it gets ridden 2-3 times a week, most weeks, all weather, sh1t or shine. I've had the frame sprayed twice and it's in great condition, a tribute to steel and good design. I am not doing rock gardens on it but some of my routes have 60 second descents at high speed over rutted farm fields. I am looking at the rigid carbon forks, and thinking about them going wobble-wobble-pop. There are a couple of 3ft drops to take at speed too. Are they up to it?
It will get dirty and left for weeks without being cleaned
in the works bike hut. I am not building an ornament. I am expect the bits to stand up to a couple of years use at least, no gossamer wonder parts that the team mechanic will swap every week for me.
Not looking for the
lightest as I don't have that budget, but up to say, £75-100 a wheel, £150-200 on the crank. They look like the biggest expenses. The fork doesn't need too much travel as the frame was not designed for modern long-travel shocks.
This is the current setup:
Bombers from 2002.
Sus post and Comfy saddle for when my back was bad - now swapped.
Stem now swapped for a Kore Elite.
Crankset is Suntour Duro. I know...
It was black and very cheap.
It's on Schwalbe Marathon + MTB tyres because I was commuting on it, never flatted but they are useless in mud - the panaracers are going back on.