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    weight weenie HT for XC?

    So I already have a trail bike, but it's a 34lb trail bike. I want to do some more XC this year, and wouldn't mind riding a HT if it means it could be (relatively) light. What would you build up for a cheap, light (do those words go together) XC bike? Maybe a cheap frame off ebay -- some sort of light aluminum. What's a light-ish fork? Aside from going full xtr or x.0, any good places to cut weight?

    How to get <$1000, and less than 25lbs?

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    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/bik/1095208048.html
    25 lbs. as-is. Update the fork to an air spring shock, change the rims and upgrade the crank, and I wold guess that this could be built into a 23 lb. hardtail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastboy143 View Post
    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/bik/1095208048.html
    25 lbs. as-is. Update the fork to an air spring shock, change the rims and upgrade the crank, and I wold guess that this could be built into a 23 lb. hardtail.
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    Interesting. I've been all over ebay, but have totally neglected craigslist. I'll keep my eyes open
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    look for a used Salsa HT frame - they're made of scandium, which is lighter than aluminum. My son had a fully built HT (Rapido) that weighed @20 pounds.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    ^^ you got me all excited, and now it seems that teh interwebz isn't crawling with them like say, stumpjumpers. Now I've got something to hunt for
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    in that case, check out a KCNC (or something like that) seatpost - less expensive than Thompson CF, but just as light... if you fit the weight range (last time we bought one was 2007, and the top weight was @160)
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    in that case, check out a KCNC (or something like that) seatpost - less expensive than Thompson CF, but just as light... if you fit the weight range (last time we bought one was 2007, and the top weight was @160)
    i don't
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    That bike I linked to above is mine and is still available...

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    ^^ the only problem is I live ~800 miles away
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    ...and the bike sold this weekend, the first really nice weekend in Portland this year. Gotta remember that trick: buy in October/November when demand is low but $$ needs are high, sell in April when demand is high and tax returns trigger indulgences. I made 75 bones and enjoyed the heck out of that old Kona for 5 months.

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Full-Carbon-Fibe...3%3A1|294%3A50
    and transfer everything over? Just need new cables, I'd guess
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    not sure on the weight of this, but my 2007 with v-brakes is under 25 lbs: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=3050
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    go 1x? - ditch your big and small chainrings, front d., front shifter, cabling - run the middle ring with a bashguard on outside and a chain catcher in the inside. I run a 1x7 now at 20 lbs but I am using a old school Softride stem and rigid fork

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    Built this 19-pound XC climbing rocket for $1600:

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