Friday, August 14, 2009

Lightweight Cross Bike: Brandon's Salsa



This is my 44cm 2008 Salsa Chili Con Crosso custom cross build. I attempted to build the lightest possible bike that my budget would allow. Many parts I had previously on my Ridley and just swapped them over to this cross project. Once the bike was complete the project weighed in at 16.36 pounds. I could take some weight off, putting this bike into the 15-pound weight class by switching out the Shimano Ultegra Cranks and changing the ZIPP clinchers to a tubular set.

Cross Bike Setup:

Salsa Chili Con Crosso Frame Set

$1,350

Cane Creek 110 Headset

$162

Campagnolo Record Derailleur

$550

Campagnolo Record Right Brake/Shift Lever

$290

Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Cassette

$550

Salsa Titanium Skewers

$76

Salsa Seat Clamp

$20

Ritchey WCS Handlebar

$90

Ritchey WCS 4-Axis Stem

$98

Shimano Left Brake R400 Lever

$44

Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Chain

$90

TRP Eurox Carbon Cantilever Brakes

300

ZIPP 404 Clinchers

$2,098

Fizi:k Arione Saddle

$140

USE Alien Carbon Seat Post

$160

Kenda Small Block 8 Tires

$88

Handle Bar Tap

$15

Shimano Ultegra Cranks

$240

Shimano BB

$55

Crank Brothers Candy SL

$120

FSA Cyclocross Carbon Fiber Chainguard

$95

3rd Eye Chain Watcher Chain Deflector

$10

Cables and Housing

$20



Total: $6,661.00

Special thanks to the guys at NRC in Kyle, Texas for helping me get the project race ready!

Thanks,
Brandon










8 comments:

Jeff Moote said...

It would be lighter and more importantly better performing with tubulars... 404 clinchers are heavy!

Otherwise a superb bike. I bet it's a blast to race.

Lee said...

Your saddle points the direction I like riding, and you chains a bit short(although I guess you need it this way without the benefit of a front derail). I think easton forks are lighter than alpha q but I'm not sure about that and I wonder how many sets of crank brother pedals it takes to get through a muddy cross season:) Sweet looking rig though, I'm sure it will be a fun year you get out of it.

Zach said...

Seems a shame to have the left brake lever match so poorly - while the Campy brake-only is very expensive, at least the hood shape on Cane Creek/Tektro match.

teleluv said...

Brandon-
I like the bike. I just sent in my 44cm Chili for comparison. Like I say in my post by far the best upgrade from a performance per pound per dollar are wheels. Especially in cross where acceleration matters so much, the reduced rotational weight is a huge advantage.

Have a great season,

Mark

bboston88 said...

I'm looking at a 44 con crosso. How tall are you?

teleluv said...

I race a 44cm con crosso and I'm 5'3", it's really the top tube length that made the difference for me.

teleluv said...

I race a 44cm con crosso and I'm 5'3", it's really the top tube length that made the difference for me.

jla888 said...

you cant be serious with those prices you have listed??? $550 for a record rear derialleur? just paid $275 brand new.$550 for the cassette as well? just paid $135 for a full ti record brand new condition. $290 for ONE lever? paid $300 for the record qs ultra SET brand new with cables. do you let your local bike shop rip you off like that or what?