Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Stock Weight of Raleigh Rush Hour
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05-20-08, 12:01 AM
I was at the LBS and asked them to throw a 53 cm Rush Hour onto the scale. It came out to be 22.3 pounds.
To those who own the Rush Hour, what have you done to bring this weight below 20 pounds, and what was the final weigh-in?
I'm no weight weenie, but for some reason this is always one of the many aspects I explore when looking to buy a bike. Also, I'm already familiar about the Rush Hour from reading dozens of threads on this forum (through search). I just haven't read much about its weight potential.
I took the free-wheel cog off of mine since I wasn't using it. Those little things are kinda heavy. I have no idea how much weight this saved. I also put SPDs on. These probably weigh more than the stock pedals.
If I were going to spend money to lighten the bike I'd consider replacing the fork - it looks like it's probably pretty heavy- as does the frame for that matter with it's over-sized steel tubes.
I really like the bike but I don't think it's a good starting point for buying your way to a sub 20 pound machine.
For what it's worth, the bike doesn't "feel" all the heavy when riding it.
05-20-08, 01:38 PM
Thanks, Kevyn. I'd imagine that switching out the fork will save about 1.5 pounds or maybe even two pounds (I have an old 1-1/8 carbon fork). Taking off the freewheel cog, the back brake, the reflectors, the metal decals on the TT, and replacing the front brake with a small BMX-style lever should take another pound off. Eventually replacing the wheelset with a better set should save about a pound (the stock wheels are porkers). The BB and crankset might save about 1/2 to 1 pound.
This should bring the RUSH HOUR down to 18 pounds or so. Which won't mean too much to me, but I'm a numbers kind of person. I've ridden a 30-pound porker for 20 years; this will feel like riding on air!
05-20-08, 02:10 PM
That is crazy. I have an ancient Schwinn Prologue with Tange tubes that weighs in at 18.4 lbs-- with a brake and a boat anchor Campy Vento front wheel... and (gasp) bottle cages! It is "heavy" when I consider that my road bike weighs exactly the same.
Seriously, is the Rush Hour made from gas pipe?
05-20-08, 02:32 PM
my stock rush hour weighs 17 lbs...oh wait - I have a rush hour PRO.
05-20-08, 02:52 PM
mine is 21.4 lbs. (57cm) this is with stock wheels, SS cog removed, sugino 75 cranks, lightweight plastic fenders, two lights, drop bars, front brake and two DA brake levers. I saved a good bit of weight by replacing the front fork with a carbon track fork. the stock fork weighs almost two pounds on it's own.
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