Bikes are soooo heavy thesedays....

stevenb

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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:
 

Tim Bennet.

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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

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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.
 

Steve Austin

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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 ;)
 
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stevenb

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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.
 
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stevenb

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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:
 

Abitrary

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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

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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:
 
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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.
 

bonj2

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