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    A Serious Mountain Biker uphillbiker's Avatar
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    Optimizing Light Weight Bikes w/ Component Cost

    Let's discuss different mountain bike components that take the most weight off for the dollar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillbiker
    For example: some people have told me that high-end derailleurs don’t last as long as the standard ones b/c the material is softer.
    As noted in your other thread, you need to stop listening to people who are telling you stuff like that, and who are telling you that carbon is prone to crack. They're not helping you at all. They don't know what the hell they are talking about and are only confusing you.


    Quote Originally Posted by uphillbiker
    What is more important than being light is having strength, durability and longevity.
    Using this as your criteria, just ride your bike and have fun.

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    Is this really Wheelhot?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I usually go by the $1 per gram rule. Hee hahahaha heee haw!

    Just kidding, dude.

    Why not try this...tell us what your bike is and what components are on it. They we can tell you how to save the most weight with the least amount of money.

    It's easy to say "go out and spend $90 on a carbon bar" but if you're running some freakin' 8lb wheelset then I'd say put the extra $90 into a wheelset.


    Seriously, how could a dietician diagnose a weight problem on a patient that he's never seen?

    And why have you starte 3 threads on this now?!

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    Is this really Wheelhot?
    What you mean??? Im still here...

    And I go with chelboed, its easier to tell you what to upgrade rather then giving you a list. You end up getting a headache

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    umm...huh? uhhh where we going?

    Cheap light:
    Raceface bars and seatposts
    WTB Saddles
    ebay some xt/317 wheels
    greenfish.com has cheap manitou black super air forks
    Kenda tires (smallblock 8)
    raceface / shimano cranksets

    yada, yada
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    uphillbiker: I tought you were looking into getting a dually?

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    The lightest bike is no bike at all.
    Can you handle all the ZEN?
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    all the ZEN? what you mean.

    Hmm the lightest FS XC bike, I wonder what it is...so far the lightest I heard is Scott Spark and Trek Top Fuel

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    optimizing weight v cost all depends on the size of your wallet.

    And then, the engine needs to be finely tuned for it to make any bit of difference at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    all the ZEN? what you mean.

    Hmm the lightest FS XC bike, I wonder what it is...so far the lightest I heard is Scott Spark and Trek Top Fuel
    13.93 pounds

    http://www.light-bikes.com/bikegalle...ng.asp?id=1096

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    wow, now that gotta be da lightest bike ever. Damn I wonder who uses that bike? It should not be a problem for him in marathon races

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    all the ZEN? what you mean.
    If you must ask, you will never understand.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    XD..thats soo cruel of you

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    wow, now that gotta be da lightest bike ever. Damn I wonder who uses that bike? It should not be a problem for him in marathon races
    Nope, there are lighter. Most are hardtails though. As for using it for a marathon race, go for it. For a marathon race parts are chosen for weight plus durability, not just for weight.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    I see, thanks for the tip LowCel, I would love to participate in a marathon race, too bad they arent any in Penang. Well for a full-sus, that is most likely to be the lightest full-susser

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    The lightest mountain bike is a stable full of road bikes you throw away after every outing.
    First Class Jerk

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    haha, thats a good one

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    I have the scale 30, I have managed to shave off 3lb ish since bought from stock.

    Changed the seatpost, stem, bars, tires etc.

    She's just over 20lb now, if I took the grips off she'd probably come in under that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed
    why does his bb weigh nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor p
    why does his bb weigh nothing
    Because the weight is included in his crankset.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    Because the weight is included in his crankset.
    i thought it might be something like that but was not sure

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    It's similar to the Shimano listings only they say something like

    *weight includes integrated bottom bracket

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillbiker
    Taking weight off is a lot like trying to pick out lobster meat, where the last little bits are hardest to get to.

    If your bike weighs 40lbs, you're not quite at the last little bits.

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