Almost exactly one year later, the Cervelo is now a whopping 587 grams (1lb 1.6 ounces) lighter...and about $3700 heavier on the wallet. Each gram of weight savings cost $6.30. Is it worth that additional money? Of course, that is subjective. It is less than buying a brand new bike and offers the satisfaction of being completely customized. On the other hand, it is still a lot of money
More importantly, the bike now climbs better due to lighter weight, better low gear range, and stiffer cranks. And it descends with greater confidence and ability due to the phenomenal fork and handlebars. In a word, the bike has gone from competent to fantastic.
There are a few more upgrades that I did:
- Nokon brake cables; definitely challengiinnng to install but they offer firmer braking and some weight reduction (didn't measure)
- Gore shifter cables that came with SRAM rred
- Schwalbe Ultremo tires. Beautifully made and light (184/186 grams). They are more supple than Conti 4000's and very easy to mount. Jury is still out on puncture resistance and wear.
- "Wet Black" Ritchey stem. Gorggeeous compliment to the rest of the carbon parts. At 117 grams, stems don't get much lighter. This replaced the "matte" finished WCS 4-axis which weighed exactly the same.
And if you have any ideas on how to continue to shave weight, please let us know by leaving your comments below.