Over the winter I had been tinkering with my Voodoo Djab with a view to give racing a try in 2012.
For one reason or another I haven't got around to it. However I have got interested in minimizing weight where possible
(This bit is Tony's fault!)
To put it into perspective though this is weight weenie for a larger rider. At 6' 3'' and circa 97kg it will be weenieish but not crazy. If I could get down to 21lb I would be happy.
So the basis for my build my 20'' Djab:
In this ^^ build its 24lb 8oz
weighed on a Park Tools scale.
After a bit of shopping at XCRacer its 23lb 5oz
is still pretty portly.
After being convinced by my LBS that carbon isn't to be feared I managed to pick up one of these second hand in 21'' guise:
Weighing in at an honest 1072g for their largest frame it should see a fair bit of weight dropped off of my current build - should be somewhere in the region of 700g!
That coupled with going 1 x 9 with a 34T ring and some lighter rotors I should be heading in the right direction.
Moving up from a 27.2 seatpost to a 31.6mm post may sway me to try a carbon post - I figure the extra girth may make for a stronger post. That said I don't fancy carbon splinters in the b...hind!
This will be weight weenie on a budget though. The build above was about £1000 ish with bits purchased second hand etc.
One down grade I am contemplating is ditching the discs for V brakes! I have a pair of XC717 rims and the frame is rim brake compatible so I would just need to find some forks ..... eek!
So fingers crossed.
*Tony - I don't really blame you