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


Cane Creek 110 Headset


Campagnolo Record Derailleur


Campagnolo Record Right Brake/Shift Lever


Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Cassette


Salsa Titanium Skewers


Salsa Seat Clamp


Ritchey WCS Handlebar


Ritchey WCS 4-Axis Stem


Shimano Left Brake R400 Lever


Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Chain


TRP Eurox Carbon Cantilever Brakes


ZIPP 404 Clinchers


Fizi:k Arione Saddle


USE Alien Carbon Seat Post


Kenda Small Block 8 Tires


Handle Bar Tap


Shimano Ultegra Cranks


Shimano BB


Crank Brothers Candy SL


FSA Cyclocross Carbon Fiber Chainguard


3rd Eye Chain Watcher Chain Deflector


Cables and Housing


Total: $6,661.00

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



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...

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,


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?