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Old 08-10-07, 10:11 AM   #1
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Weight reduction/better performance tips needed

So a few months ago I bought an 07 Gary Fisher Piranha, and I'm looking to dump some more money in it. Now, my question is, which of the stock parts should I replace first to get the best bang for my buck as far as weight reduction and better performance? Here's what it came with:

http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/full_sp...s&bike=Piranha
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Old 08-10-07, 10:45 AM   #2
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So a few months ago I bought an 07 Gary Fisher Piranha, and I'm looking to dump some more money in it. Now, my question is, which of the stock parts should I replace first to get the best bang for my buck as far as weight reduction and better performance? Here's what it came with:

http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/full_sp...s&bike=Piranha
You can shave almost a pound by shopping for new a saddle and seatpost! That saddle you have is really heavy by my standards
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Old 08-10-07, 11:44 AM   #3
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you should have just bought the HKEK 2 months ago.

The Air fork alone would have saved you a pound at least.

Now you are stuck with a coil spring anchor for a fork, and you'll have to spend at lease the $350 difference in the price to get an air fork.

But if you bought the HKEK, you would have had a better frame, crankset , hubs, and drivetrain also.
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Old 08-10-07, 11:53 AM   #4
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350 would be based on the MSRPs? How do you know what he actually paid for the bike?
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Well, I am assuming that if he got a break on the lower end model, that he could have gotten a similar break on the higher lower end model.
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Do you race? Weight is the most overrated aspect of cycling. I would go rather for better performance than marginal weight savings. For instance, Avid's BB7s disc brakes and a mid level marzocchi suspension fork might do a night and day difference in the overall feel of your ride.

And what is more important, enjoy and have fun.

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If you want to lose weight, just empty your wallet in the trash or shed a couple of lbs off your ass. For better performance just ride more.

The bike is fine, don't get sucked into the myth of gram counting unless you are a serious racer.
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Well, I am assuming that if he got a break on the lower end model, that he could have gotten a similar break on the higher lower end model.
I usually buy at the end of the season sale. The model I buy tends to be the only one left.

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If you want to lose weight, just empty your wallet in the trash or shed a couple of lbs off your ass.
So now we know his body mass index, somehow. Gord lord...
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I usually buy at the end of the season sale. The model I buy tends to be the only one left.
hmmm....that is good for you indeed. A wise shopping strategy.

I have gleaned from the OP's post that a few (I'll guess three) months ago he purchased an 07 bike.

Since it is early august, I am guessing it was sometime in may he made the purchase. I don't think it was an end of the season sale (unless he is in the southern hemishpere). Since it was a current year bike, I doubt the LBS was running a huge discount special on it, since it was May.

He did not offer any clues as to the size of his ass, however........
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He did not offer any clues as to the size of his ass, however........
Well, I guess it can be said that my weight comment might have just been a hasty assumption.
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How about some functional improvements?

The improvement you'll get the most out of are strapless (clipless) pedals. Attaching your shoe to your pedal allows you to pull up and vastly improves climbing ability.

Seat sore from the hardtail? How about adding a Thudbuster seatpost. The post allows you to sit and pedal over choppy terrain. It also does wonders for the way your but feels when you get done cycling. A less weighty but less effective avenue is to go with a titanium (most expensive) or a carbon fiber seatpost.

Hard to break? How about a 185mm rotor instead of the 160mm? More braking power will be available with far less hand lever pressure.
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