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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 8:28 pm 
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righto - we all remember back when we were 14, 15 with low-mid end bikes.... like diamond back topangas

we were all obsessed with cutting weight wherever we could, but doing it on paper round money gave companies like Kalloy and Tektro their marketplace

so in the spirit of those times, myself and t1nt1n and his 29.76lb of topanga have a target of 27lb to reach as cheaply as possible

we are setting a low, low ceiling of about £3 a part for parts purchased (on here that'll only really cover postage). the bike is only going to be used for short road runs and will be left locked outside so we're steering clear of bling and flash

current spec is something like this
Frame: 1992 diamond back topanga

Fork: oem purple

Headset: Tioga
Stem: twice as heavy as half its weight
Handlebar: made of some kind of dark matter...
Grips: rubber
Barends: No

Brakes: Kind of (plastic exage cantis....)
Brake Pads: after a fashion
Brake Cables: need replacing
Cantilever cable hangers: yes
Brake Levers: Exage push-push STI

Shifters: Exage push-push STI
Front Derailleur: 300LX
Rear Derailleur: M550 LX
Derailleur Cables: yes
Cassette: 7 speed
Chain: yes
Cranks: 300LX
Crank Bolts: it has some
Chainrings: Shimano
Chainring bolts: and some of these too
Bottom Bracket: Yes
Pedals: Tioga Surefoots (replaced since pics)

Hub Skewers: shimano
Rims: Mavic rear, rigida front
Hubs: Exage
Nipples: Yes
Spokes: one is broken on the rear.....
Tyres: Continental
Tubes: Yes

Saddle: Selle italia
Seatpost: Yes
Seatpost Binder: Yes

Weight: 29.76lb

i reckon a change of stem and bars, plus swapping the crank arms (something like a 550LX) while keeping the rings should see us well on the way to 27lb.

should be a good opportunity for doing some parts restos! if anyone has anything they think may help in exchange for good karma, wine gums, pocket change and sexual favours (if you're a girl) then please pm myself or t1nt1n (if you're a girl and want sexual favours, pm me first, i'm better looking)


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:14 pm 
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that's got to be the first spec list I've read from beginning to end :lol: :lol: :lol:

how about drilling out a few parts and aiming for 25lbs? :twisted:


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:54 pm 
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yeah, 27 is far4 too easy. i have a pair of sugino (i think) cranks you can have for postage if they can be of any interest. do you want me to drill them before i send them or shall i let you boys do that?


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:37 am 
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Lewis - that's very good of you - it's t1nt1n's call on the drilling (he's going to be riding the thing), but if they're 110/74 PCD they could be a good start


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:46 am 
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BB, Cassette and Seat QR will all be fairly heavy and cheap to replace.

Inner tubes may be industrial as well...

Oh, and break a few more spokes - that'll help! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:40 am 
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BB is knackered so it's going anyway :) i have a few parts lying about we may be able to employ


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 12:00 am 
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Hi guys, thanks for the replies so far. I'd like not to have to resort to drilling if possible! This was my first mountain bike and I always wondered what it would be like if it didn't have it's own gravitational field!

I remember beating my mates downhill despite their new fangled suspension forks - though that was mainly due to not really having brakes :shock:

Thanks once again.


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 3:16 pm 
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sadly cranks are compact. me and my mates used to run 24" inner tubes to save weight


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:25 pm 
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skewers have been changed for generic bolt-up allen key ones. total weight is now 28.8lbs


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:31 pm 
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I recon i'm going to have a bash at this with my tip find sarcacen. Need some cheapo wheels and tyres to get a starting point first though. Fancy a weigh off?


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