Canny Goes on a Diet Again Felix Wong

After last year’s flat tire inducing 200-mile adventure and the 20th anniversary with my Cannondale 3.0, I promised that I would get Canny a few new upgraded components. It ended up taking a while, but now that cycling season is back into full-swing, I have fulfilled that resolution: Canny now has a new saddle and tubeless tires. So in addition to being comfier than ever, she also weighs 1.1 lbs. less.

In fact, at 17.9 lbs. (with pedals but sans accessories such as water bottle cages, the Italian Road Bike Mirror, Garmin Edge cyclometer, etc.), she is slightly lighter than Cannondale’s $2150, 18.1-lb. Shimano Ultegra-equipped CAAD10. (Actually, Canny may be much more than 0.2 lbs. lighter, as I am pretty sure the 18.1 lbs. for the aforementioned CAAD10 was without pedals.) Note bad for a bike a couple decades older than her state-of-the-aluminum-art brethren of the 2010s.

Below is how those weight savings were achieved. Canny now only weighs 3.0 lbs. more than the carbon fiber Super Bike that she hangs out next to in the garage.

April 2014

Item Component Weight, pounds (grams) Weight Savings, pounds (grams)*
Frame Cannondale 3.0 (R500, year 1992), 53cm 3.1 (1406)
Fork Cannondale Alloy 1.1 (499)
Wheels Shimano Ultegra 6700 3.57 (680+940) .89 (405)
Rim Tape none 0 .07 (30)
Skewers Yishun red anodized .22 (100) -.03 (-15)
Tires Hutchinson Fusion 3 1.23 (560) -.26 (-120)
Valve stems + sealant Shimano valve stems + Stan’s NoTubes Sealant .51 (15+90) .28 (125) vs. tubes
Crank Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 53×39 1.33 (605)
Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink .40 (180)
Chain Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 9-speed .58 (265)
Rear Cogs Sram R9 12-26 9-speed .45 (205)
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 .15 (70)
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 .43 (195)
Shifters/Brake Levers Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 STI (right) + Shimano 105 brake lever (left) + RX100 downtube shifter (left) .76 (345)
Handlebars Modolo E-2091 38cm-width 26.0mm-diameter .82 (370)
Handlebar Plugs black plastic 0 (2)
Stem Italmanubri Eclipse, 12cm .63 (285)
Headset Campagnolo Athena .24 (110)
Brakes Shimano Ultegra 6500 .74 (335)
Seat Post Kalloy 27.2-dia, cut from 12″ to 7” .46 (210)
Saddle Specialized Romin Evo Pro 143mm .50 (225) .15 (70)
Handlebar Tape Fizik Microtex, white .07 (30)
Cables with 2X cable stops .42 (190)
Pedals Speedplay X/3 .47 (215)
TOTAL 17.9 (8127)* 1.1 (495)

*Weight savings are based off comparison to her components during September 2010-April 2014.

A Note About the Saddle

Specialized’s original anti-ED Body Geometry Comp saddle was so comfortable that I used it for the last 15 years, and even temporarily put it on my mountain bike for the 2,700-mile Tour Divide in 2008. The saddle is holding up—albeit with some cracks and wear on the leather—but I thought it was time to get a new saddle.

I ended up getting the latest and greatest Body Geometry saddle called the Specialized Romin Evo, which represented 14 years of research and iterations. I got the titanium-railed Expert Gel version in 143mm width, which weighs only 225 grams. Happily, it was available in white to match Canny’s fork.

I would say this saddle is even more comfortable than the original Body Geometry Comp! So much that I got the Super Bike the carbon-railed Pro version in black, which weighs only 165 grams!

Cranky the mountain bike ended up inheriting the Body Geometry Comp saddle. Now all my bikes have really comfortable seats.

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