Many years ago when people rode alu- and steelbikes weightweenies used to drill holes in parts to save weight. Always the easiest and cheapest way to save weight.
Then when modern carbon fibre frames and parts came weightweenies changed parts for carbon, tuning things like derailleurs with dremel and new carbon parts and alu screws. A rear derailleur at 130g and brands like Extralite, Tune, b-t-p, Carbon-Ti, Schmolke and THM Carbones was the thing. AX-Lightness and MCFK came and pushed it further with really light carbon parts and frames.
Then we came to now. When people buying a Tarmac, SuperSIX Evo, R5 or a Colnago C59/60 with Enve wheels, Sram Red groupset but with Clavicula crank and Praxis (!) chainrings. Enve stem, seatpost and bar, or 3T. It all results in a 6kg bike and they call them self Weightweenies. Without change of a single screw or even touched a dremel.
Team Sky talks about this:
What happened to that in cycling. Why are people on Weightweenies using heavy Praxis (I know they are good but anyway) chainrings when Extralite, Carbon-Ti or Tune is so much lighter? Why aren’t people putting a dremel in their Dura-Ace 9000 or Sram Red22 rear derailleur, or even changing pulleys? Why aren’t Extralite bigger and people using Tune U20 QR? Why are people talking about clinchers? Can people even spell to Schmolke?
Someone have to produce the lightest production bike. Trek Got the Emonda SLR 10 at 4,65kg. Merida now comes with their Scultura 9000 LTD full with AX-Lightness parts and same Tune wheels as on the Trek:
Sram is saving weight, making a couple of standards to one and making their 1X drivetrains look cleaner and keeping it Sram. Spiderless chainrings been around for some time now but not until now Sram starts with it. All the way from 26t to 40t, bigger than other produce.
2 types, one for GXP and one for BB30. Offset differences. But for XX1, X01 and X1. Will fit X.0 and X.9 crankset too but not sure the chainline is as good as with the 1X cranksets. More info here on Bikerumor
They changed a lot on the course since last year which made me really happy. Had a couple of rocky/rooty sections but much better in all ways. Started after M15-16, Women Senior, Men junior with 5 others. Nice people so smiles on the startline. Almost missed the start but starting last I didn’t loose any time. Geared a couple of gears fast and then I dropped my chain.
Put the chain on and I was last. Chased and dropped the chain in total 3 times more. Gearing to fast on bumpy terrain with a chainring without wide/narrow teeths and without steerer wasn’t so good. Chased a lot on the first lap and caught some people but went a bit to hard so after 1st lap I wasn’t so good anymore and had to slow down.
Chased in a pace I could hold and got some backpain, understandable when racing hard without training 😉 Was pretty funny at least and except the chain my bike worked perfect. The Awesome sticker on the top tube really tells the truth 😀
Ended 3rd which resulted in podium and some flowers 😉
Photo by Jon Even Corneliusen
And then it was men elite, 59 riders so a lot of people on track at the same time. Record on CX in Norway I think. Fun to see the sport grow.
Sram XX1 crankset is pretty light, with my 104mm Cannondale Hollowgram spindle, spacers for it and a 38t chainring like this:
But racing CX without training on with a 12-25 cassette and just a 38t in front is a bit too hard for me. Last year I rode 36t on the same course as I’m racing on on saturday. A 36t made by Experimental Prototype and a chainguide he also made. Still got the parts but chainguide feels so 2013.
But I don’t have a 36t with wide/narrow chainrings or teeths high enough for riding without a chainguide. So this year riding in sportsclass I went down to 34t. 34t X-Monoring from Carbon-Ti on my Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL crankset. Hoped to save some weight too but not as much as I did 😉