Weight reduction upgrades ?

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Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby davedave28 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 21:19 pm

Just got a boardman ht pro and want to make it even lighter. What parts are best to change for losing weight for this bike. The pedals are the obvious but what else ?

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby supersonic » Sat Aug 10, 2013 21:27 pm

Which year bike? Best way is to strip it and weight the parts, then compare to what you can get. But pedals, grips tubes and tyres are usually good starts.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sat Aug 10, 2013 21:29 pm

Just ride it first, you've only just bought it.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby coulddobetter » Sun Aug 11, 2013 01:44 am

Had one , the wire continental mountain king tyres are not up to much and thats coming from someone who is not an extreme rider. Would be tempted to change them . Otherwise it's not that heavy I am 50 plus and could get up climbs pretty easily . Now have the carbon version which is lighter but not massively so. Save your money until things wear out . You could go mad and get a carbon bar and stem , lighter wheelset , tubeless tyre set up . But if you did that you might as well have gone for a different lighter bike in the first place.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sun Aug 11, 2013 08:44 am

Carbon stem won't, generally, save any weight at all.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby davedave28 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 09:00 am

YeehaaMcgee wrote:Carbon stem won't, generally, save any weight at all.


I think I will just change pedals, seat and tyres and leave it at that. All of those parts have very bad reports from owners anyway and I dont want to be riding around in dry, flat Wales with a rock hard seat and tyres that have no grip in the wet. Maybe the best way to reduce weight is to lower my body weight, I could go down from 80KG to 70KG instead.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sun Aug 11, 2013 09:12 am

Rock hard saddles aren't the problem. It's saddles that are the wrong shape for your arris that's the problem. Another problem is that everyone has a different arris, so what works for others might not work for you, and vice versa.
So, ride it for a bit - it takes a while to get used to any saddle - and see.
Same, but to a lesser degree with pedals, you might be fine. Just ride it.
Change what YOU find that needs changing. But to find out, you'll have to go and ride it a bit first.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby davedave28 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 09:20 am

Ok I will try it when it arrives, my last one got lost in the post. BUT that was the best thing ever because it was a team version on sale and they had no more left in the main wherehouse and they were forced to send me the pro version for same price. Best 660 ever spent in my life lol.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby The Rookie » Sun Aug 11, 2013 09:39 am

Foam grips, tyres and tubes (you'll want decent tyres anyway) and maybe a saddle for now, otherwise ride it and see what you may want to change (no point fitting a lighter stem then deciding you want a shorter one!).

I used a Boardman saddle for a while, OK for me but not as good as a spoon.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sun Aug 11, 2013 09:56 am

^^Ignore this bloke. Typical Bikeradar "spending money == good" mentality.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby Tom Barton » Sun Aug 11, 2013 18:36 pm

That's a bit harsh yeehaa (unless I'm missing an in-joke or friendly wind up) - It was hardly an extravagant suggestion he made and many riders know cheap stock tyres are usually worth changing for proper rubber... :|

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sun Aug 11, 2013 19:07 pm

Tom Barton wrote:That's a bit harsh yeehaa (unless I'm missing an in-joke or friendly wind up) - It was hardly an extravagant suggestion he made and many riders know cheap stock tyres are usually worth changing for proper rubber... :|

Tubes, seriously? He suggests tubes, of all things. Same with Foam grips, maybe this guy rides his biek a bit and thinks, you know what, these grips are ok, actually. As for the addle, it's been discussed above.
This forum is chock full of people who haemorrhage money for no reason, there's an obsession with new shiny, and they try and drag new people into their money pits.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby supersonic » Sun Aug 11, 2013 22:22 pm

They are cheap weight reductions, should that be what the OP wants. I do agree with riding it and finding out what works and what may not, but also agree with a bit of tinkering from the off as no bike is perfect.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Sun Aug 11, 2013 22:26 pm

And to find out what isn't perfect for you, you need to ride it.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby njee20 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 08:39 am

To be fair, I've often changed various bits straight away - stems, saddles, wheels, forks. If you know something isn't what you want I don't really see the problem in changing.

The issue is knowing that something isn't what you want, vs having read that it may not be what you want!

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:19 am

njee20 wrote:To be fair, I've often changed various bits straight away - stems, saddles, wheels, forks. If you know something isn't what you want I don't really see the problem in changing.

The issue is knowing that something isn't what you want, vs having read that it may not be what you want!

Well said.

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 13:42 pm

davedave28 wrote: want to make it even lighter.

Tyres are a given especially as the OE plastic conti's are lethal, the tyres are off so for an extra tenner lighter tubes make sense, and for saving weight foam grips are THE best bang for the buck, so which of those didn't answer Double Dave's question? After that I said ride it if you read what you quoted!

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby 97th choice » Mon Aug 12, 2013 14:07 pm

The boardmans I've seen/owned have come with light yet crap tyres. So upgrading the tyre sometimes gives a weight penalty.
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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby davedave28 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 22:50 pm

Ok guys, changed 684g pedals to 342g pedals. Chaged seat and seatpost from 641g to 310g.
Thats over half a Kilogram so I`m happy with that, plus seat is much more comfy

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Re: Weight reduction upgrades ?

Postby njee20 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:12 pm

Seat and seatpost for 310g? That's pretty light. What combo?


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