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Old 02-12-10, 05:59 PM   #1
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Lightest hybrid out there? Or, one that you've lightened?

I really enjoy this upright schwinn voyager with a front suspension fork that I have. However, I wish it would be a little lighter as I often have to carry up some stairs due to the weather. I really do appreciate the suspension fork as my commute takes me through some rough pavement. Even though it does contribute to the weight.

I just noticed this subforum and thought I'd pose the question.

BTW, my bike weighs about 35-38lbs.
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Old 02-12-10, 10:19 PM   #2
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If you are looking for a light and fast hybrid/fitness bike. Check out the Specialized Sirrus or Trek FX. They are around 22-25lb depending on model.
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Old 02-12-10, 10:36 PM   #3
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If you are looking for a light and fast hybrid/fitness bike. Check out the Specialized Sirrus or Trek FX. They are around 22-25lb depending on model.
Thanks, but no suspension fork. I guess I could swap out the stock fork for a light one.
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Specialized Crosstrail or Cannondale Bad Boy. They are both around 30 lbs. and have the front suspension you require. It's going to be hard to find a similarly-equipped bike that weighs less than 29-30 pounds.

I don't know if you can find Canadian-made Norco bikes where you are, but their website lists the Norco XFR One as weighing 27.7 lbs. Looks like a very nice ride. Just for comparison, for the same price the VFR One with carbon fork, rim brakes, and skinnier tires comes in at 23 lbs. Food for thought.

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Don't some of those Trek FX series, have elastomer front suspension?
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Don't some of those Trek FX series, have elastomer front suspension?
The Trek 7XXX series has the suspension forks. Maybe early FX models did, but the current do not.
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It'll be hard to get any suspension equipped bicycle below 30 pounds. If you really want a lighter weight bike, get rid of that suspension. You can balance off the suspension by getting some wider tires. I personally find 700x35 and larger very comfy on bad roads.
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It'll be hard to get any suspension equipped bicycle below 30 pounds. If you really want a lighter weight bike, get rid of that suspension. You can balance off the suspension by getting some wider tires. I personally find 700x35 and larger very comfy on bad roads.
Can you slap some big apples on that trek or specialized bike that was referenced earlier? Is there enough clearance?
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My Trek 8000 weighed 28 LBS before I put a rack on, and it has front suspension. Probably would be less too if it had the parts that were supposed to originally be on it. If a mountain bike can be that light, I don't see why it would be hard to find a hybrid that light.
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Can you slap some big apples on that trek or specialized bike that was referenced earlier? Is there enough clearance?
The sirrus, no. I fit 700x35 on mine, but I don't know if you can go much bigger and still fit fenders.

The Trek maybe. I've not seen one.

There are plenty fully rigid bicycles out there with the clearance you need.
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I have700x35 cyclocross tires on my sirrus and fenders, but I had to file the bottom of the steer tube a bit to get rib of rubbing, and it's still a bit of a precarious setup and not one I recommend... I think next winter I'll be sticking with 28s or a different bike for winter.
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The Trek 7000 has a rigid fork. Maybe you can score one & drop some weight. I'd think crank & wheels would be some of you biggest areas of improvements
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Suspension-forks are great for people who can't learn to go "weightless" on a bike as they ride over rough-spots.
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Suspension-forks are great for people who can't learn to go "weightless" on a bike as they ride over rough-spots.
or, when physical limitations require them.

Fixed that for ya. Sometimes, people just aren't able to get off the seat, which severely limits their capability to get lighter....... or, must isolate shocks from themselves.
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My Bad Boy Ultras weigh between 25lbs 1oz and 26lbs 4oz(all size Large,all with 28mm Randonneurs). That's not all that heavy. Swapping the tires for 23mm(what the '02 and '05 had stock) would shave a few more ounces.

I can understand wanting shocks for bad roads,but you can get the same level of comfort from fat tires. My daily commuter rolls 26x2" Marathon Supremes(when there's no snow),and they do a great job of soaking up the bumps. My Pt Reyes could handle them,and at 23lbs 10oz,the Supremes would only add an ounce or two over the stock tires.
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Good points, dynarider. I'm finding that most frames won't take a good fat tire like Big apples. I also would like to be able to fit fenders on there.
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