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Bikes are soooo heavy thesedays....

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by stevenb, 30 Aug 2007.

  1. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Has anyone notcied how bikes these days are heavier than they used to be.
    Just last night I was recalling how my 1997/98 Marin Eldridge Grade with Manitou 4 suspension weighed in at a mere 25.5lbs for a 17.5" framed bike.
    It was 23.5lbs with the OE fork.

    My Trek 6500 weighs in at a monumental 31lbs.
    The Rockshox SID Race forks I just bought bought will bring the weight down 2lbs.
    But even 29lbs is pants.;)
    Bring back the good old double butted cromoly frames.:biggrin:
     
  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Mrs TB's Santa Cruz full suspension is only 24lbs, which is significantly lighter than her old Giant hardtail. So I guess it all depends!
     
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    stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Hmm....I guess. I know there are some light bikes about. Mind you...my seatpost and saddle together weigh 640g. Ouch.
    When i can afford it I'll upgrade as time passes....get some nice light components but maintain quality.
     
  4. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    I think MTB went through a phase of making it lighter and then everyone started breaking everything.

    Light is great, but i would rather sturdy than lightweight.

    My Kona weighs 22lb as it goes though. and its fairly sturdy ;)
     
  5. Peyote

    Peyote New Member

    As someone famous once said (possibly Keith Bontrager?) "Light, strong or cheap, pick two!"
     
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    stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Bontrager makes some cool stuff.....my Trek has lot's of his 'Select' parts on it...although I have removed the mile wide riser bars for a Kore Elite XC flat bar. ;-)
    My Marin was sturdy and light. Then again it was a £780 bike and my Manitou 4 forks cost over £350.
    I think the cromoly frames are more repsonsive and are better than aluminium frames. That said....my Trek bike does have a lifetime frame warranty, so I know it is strong.....more than ample for my needs.
     
  7. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    mmm, not sure about that. The least favourite parts of my trek 1200 and my Gary Fisher Cake have "bontrager" written on them.
     
  8. I got my Vertex down to less than eighteen pounds (with two speeds and both brakes run off one lever among other stupidities)
     
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    stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    I know cheaper wheelsets and chainsets weigh a lot. I'm sure if I got my Trek lighter wheels, cranks, saddle, post and stem I'd really notice.

    But I guess the best weight to lose weight is off our own bodies.:blush:
     
  10. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    The weight I don't mind, but trying to get a bike with heavy unwieldy forks up the stairs is like bringing a sleeping cat with a broken spine to the vets to get it put down
     
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    stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Christ....I really noticed it today...had two bad nights kip in a row....not much energy.....the bike felt like it weighed a ton today. :biggrin:
    Still....I grinded those gears and my hill climbing is getting so much better.
    When i get my new racer I'll be flying around.....well thats the theory anyway...:biggrin:
     
  12. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    I like most of the bontrager stuff - and their tyres keep winning competitions despite being a lot cheaper than most others!!!
     
  13. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    See my post on the SIDs thread.
     
  14. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    My bike is heavier than the one I had 15 years ago. But then, it has 5 inches of suspension travel front & back, and hydraulic disk brakes. My bike ten years ago was fully rigid and had cantilever brakes. There's simply no comparison off-road - my new bike is miles faster & more comfortable & reliable.
     
  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    bikes aren't made for hauling up stairs, they're meant for riding :biggrin: :rolleyes: