Heavy bikes

Normally I don’t care too much about how much my bike(s) weigh. My first priority is durability and reliability, but my goal with the new Salsa is to get it 10 pounds lighter than my Inglis, still using the same Rohloff drivetrain.

Part of this is easy, as I won’t be using any racks.  Tubus makes some great racks that are stiff and relatively light (compared to Surly), but a front and rear still clocks in at three pounds.  The Schmidt SONdelux dynamo hub is an awesome piece of kit, and is light by generator standards, but is still half a pound heavier with the front light than a standard disc front hub.  Downhill rims also add some heft. The other big thing is the frameset.  I asked for it to be extra beefy (heavy!) to handle full on expedition touring in places far away from here. All of this adds up.

39.52 pounds is what I’m currently working with on Bike Number One including three empty water bottles.

Here’s what I’m working with now! As you can see, it’s almost finished.  Just as I predicted, I am still missing two small but very important Rohloff parts for this particular configuration.

For the Front Wheel, I started with a DT Swiss 350 Centerlock hub, which is made in Taiwan, contains the same internals as the 240s hub, and costs about 1/3 of the Swiss Made 240s.  I’m not one to cheap out on bike parts normally, but for peats sake, it’s just a front hub!

I laced it to a DT XM490 rim, one of their tougher welded disc specific rims that can be converted to tubeless.  I had already purchased a set of Mavic tn719 Disc rims, but decided on the DTs at the last minute based on width, and the fact that the last couple Mavic touring rims I’ve used have cracked at the eyelets.  I still have the 32 hole tn719 rims, and if anybody is interested in them I’ll sell for a good deal.

That’s an Avid BB7 brake caliper and 180mm rotor attached via a DT Swiss Centerlock Adaptor.

There’s the good stuff! I actually received this hub complete and laced to a different rim, but I’m picky, so I un-laced it and rebuilt around a matching DT rim and silver butted DT spokes.  I’ve had black Rohloff envy for a while, they look so good with a layer of dust and dirt on them! For rubber I decided to go with the semi-official tire of the Tour Divide, the WTB Nanoraptor.

Great Success! Well, this weight still doesn’t include pedals, a rear brake or a chain. I’m figuring that it should tip the scales just under 30 pounds all complete.  Keep in mind, this is still considered heavy to people riding modern carbon and aluminum mountain bikes, but for me it’s going to be a game changer.

Any suggestions to reduce weight without sacrificing durability?

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6 Responses to Heavy bikes

  1. coupon February 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    To save more weight, fill your tires with helium.

    I’ll buy your tn 719’s

  2. cass February 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    super sweet! can’t wait to see it next week.

  3. Eric Gustafson February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Great to see this bike coming together, Daniel. Very cool.

  4. Gavin September 7, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    Looking great. What did you need to fit the Rohloff to this frame? Which Rohloff?

    Will the new Salsa Alternator racks be able to be fitted to this frame? Ta

    • Daniel September 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      I used a MonkeyBone adaptor from Cyclemonkey for the OEM2 axle plate. Not sure about the Alternator racks, haven’t looked into them for the Mariachi.

  5. Gerco February 5, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    Great build!

    Which fork are you using? Is that the Fargo V2 fork?

    Enjoy your ride!!

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