22.8 as shown
I have been slowly piecing together my 2015 TDR ride. Almost done with a few parts yet on order, carbon fork, bars and tires being the main items. Current weight (as shown with suspension fork and aero bars) is 22.8lbs. Projected/final weight of bike (minus bags, lights etc) will be right at 20lbs, +/- a few oz’s.
Saved a little weight with some road SPD pedals. I can see where I might miss the double side ease of clipping in here and there but considering the non-technical nature of the TDR route they should be fine. Plus all the contact area will help minimize hot spots on the ol feet.
Anyway just counting the unencumbered bike, in 2015 looks like I can be running 4 lbs less than 2010, . My goal is to have total weight (minus food/water and daily clothing) at or just under 30lbs.
So with a bike that weighs in at 20lbs I will have 10lbs for everything else.
But now I have a minor dilemma. I have been running the Fox fork, and well I don’t want to give it up. It has been so fun to bomb down some modest rocky sections, flow over the small drops etc etc. Not that I am going to be doing much if any of that in the TDR. On the other hand there is a lot of high speed descending where 100mm would speed things up. And also there are some sections, like Lima to Red Mountain Pass, that literally beat beat beat you to death.
Ah, so do I go full rigid or lug around 2 additional lbs but luxuriate in 100mm of squishy goodness?
I have some other “Should I or Shouldn’t I” questions. The biggest so far is South Bound or North Bound. Some days I am all set to do a NB attempt, but then I truly question if I wouldn’t be more motivated chasing the pack with a SB run. Really got to think about this one………………..lots and lots of thinking on this one....