Making my Mountain Bike lighter — Part 1
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Like mentioned in the introduction post, the bike used weight 14.2 kg or 31.3 pounds when I started this project.
Deckas Narrow-Wide Chainring
A stock Superfly 8 came with 2 x 10-speed drivetrain. It offers a wide range, but the downside is weight and extra complexity. Personally I hardly ever used the smaller chainring up front, so I ended up going with a 36-teeth oval chainring. I was on a tight budget and therefore I decided to give a Deckas Narrow-Wide chainring a try. For less than 15$ from eBay it was definitely cheap. Installation was simple and didn’t take long. After weighing every part turned out the bike was now 415 grams lighter with a 1 by setup.
Weight lost: 415 grams
Note: 1 by setups are not for everyone, so don’t get rid of your front mech and shifters unless you’re certain the setup works for you.
Especially cheaper bikes often come with a very heavy, sometimes uncomfortable, saddle. Most big brands offer lightweight saddles made out of Carbon fiber but they sure are expensive. If you’re willing to take a risk with quality a full Carbon fiber saddle can be bought from eBay for less than 20$. The quality is a hit or miss, but for the price, you can’t really expect much more. Even if you ended up with a miss, the flaws are often only cosmetical. There are a few different models available right now and I recommend trying out at least a few.
The differences between the models are surprisingly big. Once you find a saddle that fits you I bet you’ll be surprised by just how comfortable a saddle with no padding can be. Granted, wearing a pair of padded shorts is recommended. In my case, I replaced a Selle Italia Gel Flow C2 saddle and ended up with a bike weighing 160 grams less. Not that much, but it all adds up.
Weight lost: 160 grams
Note: These saddles are not for everyone. If you want to give them a try I recommend trying out a few models, they are surprisingly different.
In the best case, you can get these parts for less than 30$. Not a big price for losing nearly 600 grams off the bike. That’s over 1.3 pounds!