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Old 07-11-02, 05:49 AM   #1
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I feel sad

I spent more getting his bike, hoping to get something lighter than my previous one, but ended up as heavy.

It's GT avalanche 1.0. With Avid mechanical disc brakes, Judy XC, Deore front and LX rear. Hardtail.

My previous bike was the Giant Warp DS-2. Well, in terms of components I am very happy with the GT, but I really hoped to get something light, maybe in the 11~12kg range. This one is 14kg as I have just weighed.

I want light bike for acceleration and overall burden. It matters a lot, probably most of you would agree to that.

Anyhow, I got to start loving this bike or else I will be in pain.
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Old 07-11-02, 07:29 AM   #2
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How long have you had it? If it's new, take it back to the LBS and choose something else. There may be a 10% restocking charge but if this isn't what you want, it's worth losing the 10%.
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You could begin by replacing components with lighter stuff. However, there are $$$ to consider given this approach. If it were me, I'd replace components via attrition with lighter stuff.

In terms of an immediate change, you'll get the most benefit from lighter wheels/tires as this will decrease rotational and unsprung weight.

Good luck!
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I want light bike for acceleration and overall burden. It matters a lot, probably most of you would agree to that.
No, I don't think a few pounds is that significant, because you are talking about a system of about 90 kg, give or take. So, if you had an 11 kg bike, then you would only be 3% lighter overall, not 20%. It will not make any difference except when climbing hill and even then the difference is small. It's just psychological anyway, your body and mind will simply adjust to a 'light' bike and the effect will be gone. I don't even know how much my bike weighs (I'm sure it's well over 30 lbs). Then again, I don't really care either.

My advice is just replace broken stuff with lighter stuff. Of course, if the frame is super heavy then the bike will never be 'stupid light' but oh well. Just ride the damned thing.
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How long have you had it? If it's new, take it back to the LBS and choose something else. There may be a 10% restocking charge but if this isn't what you want, it's worth losing the 10%.
Well I can't change it cus no one wants GT now remember?

That ass shopkeeper did not tell me about GT's situation and about the warrenty, and kept persuading me to buy this bike. Not that I don't like it, just that I was hoping something lighter.

I have riden a carbon frames Trek, it's a hard tail, and under comparasion on the same slope, I can say that there is a significant difference. I could climb up the slope without having to accelerate whereas I couldn't on this bike.

Like most of you said, changing the parts will be expensive, and one of the main reasons of me buying this bike is it's component combination, something that I have nothing to complain about. So it's just a matter of living with it.
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if you like the bike, which you keep saying you do, just ride it, who cares if none likes gt, screw em, its all in what you like and or want.
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The cheapest way to lighten up is to lose a few pounds of body-fat. If you haven't any fat to lose, ride your bike for two hours, five days a week. After two weeks your bike will feel lighter.... guaranteed.

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Old 07-13-02, 04:31 PM   #8
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This one is 14kg as I have just weighed.
Wow....that is pretty heavy for a xc hardtail. Try to sell it, somebody will buy it, people stil want GT's.
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