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.
Get it on Amazon
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$. The quality is a hit or miss, but for the price, you can’t really expect much more. Even if you ended up with a miss, the flaws are often only cosmetical. There are a few different models available right now and I recommend trying out at least a few.
The differences between the models are surprisingly big. Once you find a saddle that fits you I bet you’ll be surprised by just how comfortable a saddle with no padding can be. Granted, wearing a pair of padded shorts is recommended. In my case, I replaced a Selle Italia Gel Flow C2 saddle and ended up with a bike weighing 160 grams less. Not that much, but it all adds up.
Weight lost: 160 grams
Note: These saddles are not for everyone. If you want to give them a try I recommend trying out a few models, they are surprisingly different.
Get it on Amazon
In the best case, you can get these parts for less than 30$. Not a big price for losing nearly 600 grams off the bike. That’s over 1.3 pounds!