my bike must weight 30lbs even though i've a rigid fork on it. a trek 520 feels featherweight in comparison to it. one of those $700 trek road bikes feels lighter than air compared to my bike.
i think one place to start is the tires. they're over 4lbs of the bike (schwalbe big apples)
the frame is aluminum but is beefy as can be for cross country. i was thinking of going to a soma groove if i can pull the money together.
i'm probably going to get a new crankset soon as my is turning to mush.
the bike uses mostly lx or sram x.7 level or better components and i can't understand why it's so heavy. i'm thinking the cranks, frame and tires are it. would a change in stem, post and bars really make a difference?