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    Lightening my bike.

    I would like to lighten my MTB, because I use it more on streets.

    Any suggestions?

    And how can I go faster on city streets?

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    if you plan on just riding on the street some slick tires will be a good starting point for performance gains.

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    Fork with a lockout makes all the difference too. I road my 6500 215 miles over 3 days in New York State back in June. The lockout fork and street tires made all the difference in the world. Hills got tiring after awhile (but I had the gear advantage over the roadies), I stayed in the middle of the pack the whole time.

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    buy a roadbike

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    Care to post your bike specs? Might help out some.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I would like to lighten my MTB, because I use it more on streets.

    Any suggestions?

    And how can I go faster on city streets?
    1. Replace suspension fork with rigid.
    2. 1.4" slick tires with lightweight tubes. Ritchey Tom Slicks are pretty good.
    3. Interval training.

    To drop significant weight, you may end up spending a lot of money and should consider a more street specific bike. Not necessary a true "road bike", but something better designed for pavement.
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    I found a road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Care to post your bike specs? Might help out some.
    K2 Attack


    FRAME Active Link suspension design, 7000 series aluminum, with up to 4" of travel
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    As already said, slicks and a rigid fork is the cheapest way to lighten and gain speed right away. The best way to effectively "feel" that a bike is lighter while riding is to reduce the rotating weight. This would include wheels and cranks. The slick tires are generally lighter than most knobbies so this will be a step in the right direction.

    I have a mtb set up for the road with 1.25 slicks (only $8.00 from Performance), a rigid chromoly fork (wanting ti upgrade to a 26in. carbon rigid in the future) and I'm also using drop road bars for more aerodynamics into headwinds. The road drop bars may not be for everyone but I find the Salsa cyclocross drop bars perfect. The drop is shallow and the reach is short.

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    Thanks a lot everyone! What rigid fork has Disc mounts?

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    maybe you could drop the discs too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    Thanks a lot everyone! What rigid fork has Disc mounts?
    the surly 1x1 fork does, I think on one might make one. It shouldn't be too hard to find one.

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