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Marin Team HT custom build commuter

Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
edited August 2013 in Your mountain bikes
I was after a nice looking light custom build to get me around town & to work/gym/train station etc.

I saw this frame in the classified section:

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I had a range of parts, some new, some taken off my last commuter

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Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

Giant Defy 1 2014.

Ribble Sportive Azzurro

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  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
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    I decided to change from the Avids to SHimano XT brakes. Plus I couldnt get on with the Ritchey WCS bars, so these needed to be changed
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
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    Eastons were surprisingly much lighter
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
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    These tyres seem to suit my use so I stuck with these

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    These pedals look the part, but were not cheap & to be honest, I prefer the Wellgo MG1s on my other bike.
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    This is the spec as it stands:

    frame Team marin scandium enriched
    fork exotic rigid carbon fork 44.5
    headset cane creek
    stem ritchey wcs 4 axis
    handlebars easton ea70 monkeybar high rise 685mm
    grips ritchey wcs ergo
    rear derailleur shimano xt m771
    chainset shimano xt m770
    rear cassette SRAM PG980
    front derailleur shimano deore
    gear shifters shimano xtr m980
    brakes shimano xt m785 with 160mm xt rotors
    wheels shimano xtr m980 hubs with mavic xc717 & Sapim spokes
    tyres Continental city contact 26" x 1.75"
    saddle sdg formula FX
    seatpost sdg i-beam micro seatpost
    pedals shimano saint MX80
    gear cables shimano xtr
    chain KMC x9L

    Total weight coming in as 9.9kg.
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    Any ideas for further weight reductions?

    Or general feedback gratefully received

    I was hoping for it to be a bit lighter than 9.9kg but never mind
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • DCR00DCR00 Posts: 2,160
    Ditch the triple and go 1x
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    What a peculiar build for a commuter!

    Nothing on it is hugely light, so it's a case of how much do you want to spend?!
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    njee, I understand what you're saying. it's just a bike that has been built with as preference of what components I like best on it, that have served me well on other bikes.


    I think they are ok components, I don't think any are particular heavy.
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    ok cheers for the tip dcr , so would I take off the small and mid chainrings and keep the big one, and ditch the front derailleur?
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Lewis ALewis A Posts: 767
    How hilly is your commute? :D
    Cube Analog 2012 with various upgrades.
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    no major hills , it's used mainly around town but needs to be able to do country paths through fields
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Lewis ALewis A Posts: 767
    How large is the big ring? Try riding your average stuff only using that ring...
    Cube Analog 2012 with various upgrades.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    Ride your commute a few times and see what gears you need, allow at least 1 extra at the bottom end for tired legs or headwinds. I get away with a 46T chainwheel and an 11-28 cassette (1x9).

    My commuter is very similar to yours except it uses a road hybrid frame (Carrera Gryphon), weighs in at 9.75Kg before I added the rack/panniers.

    I'd look at lowering the bars for better aero, I use no spacers, flat bars and a flipped stem.

    Lighter brakes would help, Magura Julie are pretty light and used on a few fast hybrids (such as the Marin Point Reyes).
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    I think they are ok components, I don't think any are particular heavy.

    They're decent components, never said anything to the contrary, but you don't have any really obvious places to save weight.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    1x9 will be a decent weight saving (shifter circa 115g, cable circa 25-40g, front mech circa 150g, 2 rings circa 100g (steel) or 50g (ally) and then add a chain guide, I use a 100g front road mech) - 250+g.
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    njee20 wrote:
    I think they are ok components, I don't think any are particular heavy.

    They're decent components, never said anything to the contrary, but you don't have any really obvious places to save weight.

    Ah OK, I see what you mean now :D
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
  • Big dave 3Big dave 3 Posts: 304
    Cheers for the advice Rookie. I did the commute yesterday with a similar build which I built up for the GF, but am currently using it, until the Marin gets taped up with hellicopter tape.

    I def needed the smallest ring on the crankset to do one of the hills. Going to a single ring on the front is a good idea though, but at the moment, a bit too much hassle for a 250g weight saving.

    Lowering the bars seems a good idea though. Flipping the stem & putting stem under the spacers makes sense. I personally don't get on with straight bars though, not even low risers. I like them wide & swept back.
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    Marin Team HT (customiosed commuter)

    Boardman Team HT (customised commuter)

    Giant Defy 1 2014.

    Ribble Sportive Azzurro
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