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Old 09-26-08, 04:24 PM   #1
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Lightest/best non-suspended Hybrid for $500-$750?

I'm narrowing my search for a new Hybrid bike but some manufacturers do not list the weights of their bikes.

What would you recommend for a decent light weight hybrid that does not have a suspension fork that would be $500-$750?

I'm looking at the 'fitness' style hybrids as well and not just the 'typical' hybrids.

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I'm narrowing my search for a new Hybrid bike but some manufacturers do not list the weights of their bikes.

What would you recommend for a decent light weight hybrid that does not have a suspension fork that would be $500-$750?

I'm looking at the 'fitness' style hybrids as well and not just the 'typical' hybrids.

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There really isn't going to be much weight difference between bikes of a certain price range. The component mix is going to be about the same and the frames won't be too different either. In fact most will probably have been made of the same stuff at the same factory and will only differ in geometry...if that.

Trek FX, Specialized Sirrus, Cannondale Road Warrior, etc are all going to be comparable. Go with the one that fits best and has a color you like.
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Completely agreed. My Trek 7.2fx (at the low end of your budget) weighed 12.75kg out of the shop, but since has added a rack so should be around 14kg now.

There's always a balance that has to be played between function and lightness. If you want to put on a rack and fenders and kickstand to handle regular commuting, then you'll feel a slight heaviness in the back. But when you stick a 6 or 10kg pannier on the back, it doesn't matter that your tubes are made of steel, alloy or carbon, your bike will feel like a beater.
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The weights that I have seen listed are from the 28-29 lb range to around 33 with the heavier ones being bikes with suspensions. I do not want a suspended bike preferably because I really have no need for it and I do not want the added weight.

I have not seen any weights for the Cannondales or the Treks and they are two of the main brands my LBS handles. Also, I've never seen weights for Specialized bikes either, another brand that I really like.

My next trip to my LBS's this week I am going to see if they have any weight specs.
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To be honest with you, I think this is the wrong kind of bike to be thinking about when weight is such a concern.

I'd go with what cyccommute said -- pick the one that fits best and is the color you like. A light bike that's the wrong size will always be worse than a heavier bike that fits just right.
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How many miles do you ride per year? I purchased a 2007 Globe on closeout last August for $350 and have put about 850 miles on it since then. I've spent far more on accessories and customization for the bike than the bike itself, but I really haven't touched the mechanicals at all - the bike itself seems fine to me. It looks like the style I got has been discontinued, but there's still similar basic bikes even down at $420 according to their website. I guess I'd agree with the other comments that finding a bike that fits you well is probably the most important thing if you're shopping for a hybrid anyway.
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to be honest with you, i think this is the wrong kind of bike to be thinking about when weight is such a concern.

I'd go with what cyccommute said -- pick the one that fits best and is the color you like. A light bike that's the wrong size will always be worse than a heavier bike that fits just right.

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To be honest with you, I think this is the wrong kind of bike to be thinking about when weight is such a concern.

I'd go with what cyccommute said -- pick the one that fits best and is the color you like. A light bike that's the wrong size will always be worse than a heavier bike that fits just right.
I'm not sure what you are saying here because you said you agree with cycyommute whom did NOT say this style of bike was wrong with me. Yet, you said 'this was the wrong kind of bike to be thinking about'. (?)

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There really isn't going to be much weight difference between bikes of a certain price range. The component mix is going to be about the same and the frames won't be too different either. In fact most will probably have been made of the same stuff at the same factory and will only differ in geometry...if that.

Trek FX, Specialized Sirrus, Cannondale Road Warrior, etc are all going to be comparable. Go with the one that fits best and has a color you like.
What I got out of his reply was that was any of the bikes I was looking at were all going to weigh pretty much the same and to buy the one that fit best in the color I like.

Definitely good advice but that isn't anything I wasn't saying or asking nor is it contradicting my initial post. I was only asking if anyone knew weights of some of the bikes because not all manufacturers list their weights. And I also said I would prefer to not get one with a suspension only because I did not want to add that weight nor pay for the feature unnecessarily.

Or, did I miss something?

Thanks for the replies!
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^^^^

Clearer now! I thought you were looking to shave every possible pound off the bike by foregoing suspension. That doesn't seem like "hybrid" thinking in my experience (which is limited). I lightened my Trek 7500 by about 30 lbs. this year, but it was all on the pilot side.

Good luck with your search!
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Also consider the Giant FCR line.
The frame is the same as the OCR road bike.
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ad/2268/32201/
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Yeah, you missed something..

What I meant was that, if weight differences of a few pounds concern you and you're looking for a truly light bike, you're not going to find it in a $500-750 hybrid. What matters in this kind of bike is whether the components are decent enough, whether the bike is your size, and, simply, if you like it. The "real" weight weenies are busy obsessing over titanium stem bolts and carbon cranksets bolted to frames that weigh less than two pounds -- none of which applies to hybrid bikes.

That being said, I got myself a Cannondale Bad Boy, which is certainly not the lightest of hybrids (partly because of its beefier mountain-based frame), yet it's lighter than my late 90's Schwinn MTB. Relative to the Schwinn, and no doubt because of its lighter wheels & narrower tires, it feels much faster and more nimble. BUT, compared to my CAAD8 road bike... it's a p-i-g.
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The weights that I have seen listed are from the 28-29 lb range to around 33 with the heavier ones being bikes with suspensions. I do not want a suspended bike preferably because I really have no need for it and I do not want the added weight.

I have not seen any weights for the Cannondales or the Treks and they are two of the main brands my LBS handles. Also, I've never seen weights for Specialized bikes either, another brand that I really like.

My next trip to my LBS's this week I am going to see if they have any weight specs.
Cannondale has this to say about weight

BIKE WEIGHT: Cannondale produces and offers the "best in class" when it comes to bike weight, and stiffness to weight ratio. A bike's weight depends not only on the size of the frame and the specs selected, but the variences inherent within the manufacturing process as well. Calibration of the scale is also a factor in determining specific weight. Although we could give you "average frame weights", we feel this would be misleading. Because we are obsessed as you are about your bike's weight, we implore you to go visit your local Cannondale Dealer to help you determine the specific weight of any bike you may be considering. We know you'll be impressed.

You might find weights on the Specialized site by using the FAQs, although they seem to have more on mountain bikes than others. But I bet their take on bike weight is similar to Cannondale's.

Ask the shop. Many have scales to weigh bikes or you can take your own scale (digital fish scales are relatively cheap). If you do weigh them, I still bet you'll find that the weights are all very similar. I'd say less than a pound difference. If you want lighter, spend more money
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Just to throw out some numbers from my fleet:

Novara Big Buzz 25lbs 3oz
Novara Buzz 26lbs 10oz
Marin Novato 27lbs 1oz
Kona Dew Deluxe 28lbs 7oz

All are in the price range you mentioned. I didn't get a chance to weigh them,but I had a Fuji Absolute and a Marin Fairfax;I'd say the Absolute was prolly around 23lbs and the Fairfax around 24/25.

(FYI BarracksSi,your DBX weighs 24lbs 4oz w/out fenders and I weighed a BB w/V brakes at a shop at 25lbs 9oz)
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Do not get to hung up on a couple of lbs +/- . Look for overall fit.
This a good link about over stressing weight.

http://www.torelli.com/tech/weight.shtml
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(FYI BarracksSi,your DBX weighs 24lbs 4oz w/out fenders and I weighed a BB w/V brakes at a shop at 25lbs 9oz)
The DBX probably weighs 30 lbs now thanks to a set of Marathon Pluses that I just got..
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