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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

    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

    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!
  3. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    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

    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!"
  6. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    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

    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)
  9. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    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
  11. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    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 Legendary Member

    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: