...to have an unreasonable desire to own a light long travel bike. he may have me beat, though. i'm shooting for 24lbs with mine. the latest addition to the steed is the 2009 SID. it's not as smooth as the talas, but it also won't anchor your boat like the talas, either. i'm hoping for some breaking in. this is more carbon fiber than i have ever owned in my life. be calm, my faithful friends...i never use the lightest stuff. this xxx bar is still thick and heavy compared to other brands. no worry about damaging them with the stem or other accessories.