An Absurdly Light Bike

2015 Focus Izalco MAX 1.0 Frameset. Sram Red 10spd shifting. The shifters have DuraAce 9000 titanium shifter clamps that were ground down to fit the smaller opening in the back of the shifter and anodized purple because it’s my favorite color and because I can. Total savings there of 9 grams (not bad for 3 hours of work). Rear derailleur had the stock Ti pulley bolts replaced with alloy and the pulleys swapped for Aerozine Alloy pulleys.


There are no steel bolts on the whole bike, everything is Ti or alloy. The only steel bearing is the lower for the headset, because its proprietary to the frame/ fork. All other bearings are Enduro Zero Ceramic, Which costs a lot of money and saved 12 grams.

Wheels are Taiwan rims and hubs with Pillar Spokes, a mix of Ti and Stainless steel. They are left over from a past build and have over 1k miles on them. The plan is to get a hold of some AX Lightness rims and Extralite or Tune Hubs and build up a lighter set when funds allow.

PowerCordz Prime housing, which I love because it behaves exactly the same as regular housing but is half the weight. The brakes are a prototype PowerCord with a more flexible coating so that I could tie a knot around the brake cable pinch bolt. (not going into production because of wear issues if not maintain). Front Shifting is done by a PowerCord as well, and the rear is handled by an Alligator 31 strand shift cable(my favorite shift cable by far).

Ciamillo GSL Micro brakes with Ti Hardware. Ted and Kristi busted their butts to get these to me after one the batch that my original set were in, was tainted and there was a flaw in anodizing, and as we now know Ted was secretly working on the Gravitas crankset. Love the brakes, the finish is flawless, and the performance is even better. Getting them to work with PowerCordz is NOT recommended because it was such a huge pain to tie a knot in a tiny space around a very short bolt.


Cranks are Lightning Cycling Dynamics because they are light and made in the USA. Tune mid-compact chainrings, which Tune told me are the first they have sent to the US because they are having a hard time meeting demand in Europe (I ordered them in September and got them 2/16/15).


The prices in the spreadsheet are advertised MSRP so you could build it cheaper finding things on sale. All of the weights are measured from the parts themselves, and not taken as claimed. The weight between the spreadsheet and the complete only varies because I cut a smaller loop on the rear derailleur and eliminated the barrel adjuster on the front derailleur (good thing I guessed the cable stretch right the first time).

Weekly Recipies!

Here at Endurance Boise we love to eat. At the same time we know that what you put in your body has a huge effect on how you feel and how you perform as an athlete. Starting today, every Thursday we are going to post a new recipe for one of our favorite health snacks.

We encourage you to try some of these out and comment on what you think about them. If you have any healthy crackers, cookies, chips or munchies that you like to make at home, please send them to us and we will try them out and put them on the list for future posts. If you've gotten it from a book or website be sure to let us know where you got it from. Also if you have any dietary restrictions let us know and we will try to post things for everyone.

This week for our first post I am going to post one of my favorites. They are crunchy, salty and loaded with fiber and protein. What could be more appropriate for Endurance Boise than Endurance Crackers.

1/2 cup chia seeds*
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pepita seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup water
1 large garlic clove, finely grated
1 tsp grated sweet onion
1/4 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
Herbamare & kelp granules, to taste (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix the seeds together. In a small bowl, mix the water, grated garlic, and grated onion. Whisk well. Pour the water mixture onto the seeds and stir until thick and combined. Season with salt, and optional Herbamare and Kelp granules, to taste. Add spices or fresh herbs if you wish.
3. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet with the back of a spoon until it’s less than 1/4 inch thick. Not to worry if a couple parts become too thin, you can just patch them up.
4. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, slice into crackers, carefully flip onto other side with a spatula. Bake for another 30 minutes, watching closely after about 25 minutes. The bottoms will be lightly golden in colour. Allow to cool completely on the pan. Store in a container or plastic baggy.
Note: See the bottom of this post for where you can purchase chia seeds.
Nutritional Info: (per cracker, makes 22 large crackers): 77 kcals, 6 grams fat, 4 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, 3 grams fibre, 3 gram protein.

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Free Workout Clinic with Xtreme Fitness

Check out this event with Kevin and Kealoha:



Meet the new trainers at ENDURANCE TRAINING AND FITNESS CENTER at a FREE 1-HOUR Demo/Workout where Kevin and Kealoha, with Xtreme Fitness and Wellness, will focus on improving your:


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Small Business Saturday

We're going to be celebrating our customers with some great deals on Small Business Saturday. First of all, we're going to let anybody who wants to come and train do so for free all day Saturday. Tell your friends and family to come in and check out the space. If they don't have a bike to use, call ahead and we'll see if we can round something up.

Second, we're going to put our remaining 2014 inventory on deep discount. This NeilPryde Zephyr that normally retails for $3,795 on sale for $3,000! We only have one left in stock in a small, so come get it before somebody else does.

We also have 3 Focus Mares AX 2.0 Canti bikes on sale for Saturday only. These normally sell for $2,000, we're going to drop the price by 25% to $1,500. We have 2 XS and one S left in stock.

Stop by to take advantage of these great deals. Have a happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you all on Saturday!

Seriously. No photos without Annie.   

Seriously. No photos without Annie.


Annie won't let me take pictures that aren't of her.

Annie won't let me take pictures that aren't of her.


If you made it here, you've probably noticed a few new features to the website. Really, this is all symbolic of the bigger shift to the way the business is run. Here are a few things that we're pretty excited about:

New Name

We felt that the title "Endurance Training & Fitness Center" didn't really embody what we're doing any more and it just seemed long and clunky. From now on, we'll be doing business simply as "Endurance." It's short and describes what we're interested in: helping endurance athletes go faster and further.

New Logo

While we're rebranding, we thought we'd modernize our look as well:

Online Store

If you click on the "store" button up in the corner, you'll be directed to our new web store. There you can update your membership, buy a tune-up, or purchase a complete bicycle. Right now, we're only doing in-store pickup of bicycles at the request of the brands we are carrying.

Actual Store

We've greatly expanded the inventory of bikes and accessories in stock. If you haven't seen it lately, come down and check out the Focus cyclocross bikes and NeilPryde road bikes that we have on hand!

As we change, we want to insure that some things never change. The most important trait that we have here is our commitment to keeping our customers happy. If you have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you, in the comments, over the phone, or, best of all, in person.