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The Budget Weight Weenie

April 30, 2010

Velocite Geos prototype frame

I’ll be receiving a Velocite Geos prototype frame at the end of May. I’ve decided to build it up with Shimano Dura Ace Di2. Here is what my preliminary build list looks like. Since this is a budget weenie and I’m also sourcing parts from the second hand market, I’ve decided for a bunch of reasons to stay away from high-priced German carbon fiber parts. This is a “best bang for the buck” type of build. Ideally, it should have been built up with SRAM Red, since that is the lightest gruppo, but I decided to go with Di2. I’ve been itching to try it out.

I also plan on tuning the rear derailleur other parts of Di2 in an effort to trim off some of the weight. Although this is a weight weenie type build, the emphasis is on durability over low weight, which is why most of the parts aren’t extremely light. For example, I’ll set it up with my training wheels, the Fulcrum Racing 0s, but when I get the AX SRT 24 wheels, the weight will drop by 650g.

Although I’d like to add some ultra-light parts, like a stem and handlebar, after thoroughly researching and reviewing what’s available, I’ve decide to stay away from the lightest possible components. There are many reasons why, but the main ones include durability and price. Spending $400 in order to shave off 30g isn’t the best idea.

One of the reasons why I’m not including the AX Morpheus crank in this preliminary build list, is because of the 152 q-factor. This is quite a bit compared to other cranks, including the Hollowgram SiSL. The Hollowgrams are made out of aluminum and are plenty stiff.

I’ve been asked why I decided to go with Di2. The answer is simple. It’s the smoothest shifting gruppo out there, no matter what people say. Once you’ve tried, you won’t want to go back. I know a few Campy lovers who have sold their Super Record, and quite a few other things, in order to buy Di2. I’ve tried it myself and it’s indescribable. If you can afford it, you should get it.

Velocite Geos size M matte     810g
Velocite SCS saddle                   113g
Fulcrum Racing 0 2 way fit   1470g
Recon ti 11-25 cassette            136g
New Ultimate 31.6 stem          136g
Velocite LICOS 31.8 42cm      185g
Velocite FCS 31.8 120mm       120g
Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL 580g
TRP 960 w pads                        230g
Velocite Ultralight fork             330g
Tune chainrings 50/34T            98g
Di2 STI levers ST-7970           260g
Battery SM-BTR1-A                  70g
Front cable SM-EW79A-E         19g
Rear cable and battery holder   83g
Rear derailleur RD-7970          221g
Front derailleur FD-7970        122g
KMC X110SL Chain                  229g
Tufo Ultra                                  240g
Cinelli Bubble Ribbon tape

Tuning Parts

Fibre Lyte top cap                        3g
Fibre Lyte Pulley Wheels            8g
Fibre Lyte RD plate                      9g
BTP Seat Clamp                            6g
Parlee FD clamp                            7g


Possible upgrades

(AX Morpheus crank                 370g) -210g
(AX 2100 seatpost 31.6             85g)   -54g
(AX SRT 24 wheelset                820g) -650
CULT ceramic bearings

Velocite Geos                 850g
Velocite SCS saddle             113g
Fulcrum Racing 0                 1470g
recon ti 11-25 cassette             136g
New Ultimate 31.6 stem         $107    136g
Velocite LICOS 31.8         $110    185g
Velocite FCS 31.8 120mm         $90     120gExtralite UL3  stem                          $210    78g
Soul Kozak Top Cap                                       4g
Soul Kozak Seat Clamp                                10g
Parlee FD clamp 34.9             7g
AX 6000 fork             $654    250g
AX Morpheus 152q            $500    370g
AX 2100 seatpost 31.6 22 cm      $373    85g
AX 4000 handlebars         $519     135g
Syntace F99 with Titanium bolts 26     $115    96g
Fibre-Lyte chain rings

4 Comments leave one →
  1. mdeth permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:14 am

    I’d be interested to hear what the real weight on that frame is.

  2. May 29, 2010 4:20 pm

    The first Velocite Geos frames are out. The new frame came in at an amazing 873g for size L (570mm top tube C-C with rear derailleur hanger, add 5g for BB cable guide)


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