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    Can you get too light of a bike

    if you ride xc? I have a midrange hardtail right now, but a friend of mine is offering to sell another very lightweight and nice hardtail. How resilient are top of the line featherweight bikes? It's awesome, but I'd almost be afraid to do anything even like messing around in the street practicing bunnyhops on curbs, just out of fear for the nice bike. I know this sounds quite idiotic, but I guess just need some reassurance...

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    As clarification I just ride xc, no downhill or crazy urban riding for me.

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    Frame: Scott Scale Limited Large '05 1064 g
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    Thats an awesome bike. See I'd be scared to ride it because it looks so beautiful and almost breakable. Which I know it isn't, I just need to get over that feeling. Thats originally what I was trying to say I guess.

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    That's 13 pounds. Very light. Put a useful cassette on there and some real tires and you'd have a 14 lb bike you can actually ride in the woods.

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    You can get to the point where the parts can't eve take a decent fall like the Scott.
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    Light bikes suck
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halebopp View Post
    Thats an awesome bike. See I'd be scared to ride it because it looks so beautiful and almost breakable. Which I know it isn't, I just need to get over that feeling. Thats originally what I was trying to say I guess.
    Actually that bike sucks. I'd break it in about 10 minutes. I say 10 minutes b/c that's how long it takes me to ride the pavement to the trail head, hahaha.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Light bikes suck
    Amen

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    Light bikes RULE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Light bikes RULE.
    smacking nuts

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    Dead nuts, by the looks of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halebopp View Post
    if you ride xc? I have a midrange hardtail right now, but a friend of mine is offering to sell another very lightweight and nice hardtail. How resilient are top of the line featherweight bikes? It's awesome, but I'd almost be afraid to do anything even like messing around in the street practicing bunnyhops on curbs, just out of fear for the nice bike. I know this sounds quite idiotic, but I guess just need some reassurance...

    If you weigh <170 lbs and your wheels never leave the ground (no drops or jumps) you should be OK. Anything more than that and I'd budget for replacement parts and a good health insurance plan.
    Last edited by Svr; 05-21-08 at 11:07 PM.

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    I think you can get too light. At least for everyday trail riding.

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    Light - Inexpensive - Sturdy

    Choose any 2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bac View Post
    Light - Inexpensive - Sturdy

    Choose any 2!

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    ok.. light and inexpensive.. please show us a bike that is light(under 23lbs for a hardtail), and inexpensive(under $1000).

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    Having no bike would equate to "too light".
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
    ok.. light and inexpensive.. please show us a bike that is light(under 23lbs for a hardtail), and inexpensive(under $1000).
    The frame broke when I sat on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
    ok.. light and inexpensive.. please show us a bike that is light(under 23lbs for a hardtail), and inexpensive(under $1000).
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    $1156 =22.1lb hard tail with 600gram tires, I normally run Mythos that are 100gr less each so thats about another 1/2 I can take off after I wear through these new knobby WTBs


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    Does the cat approve?
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    yah him and the other one like to balance on the top tube

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    $1156 =22.1lb hard tail
    $1156 > (under $1000)

    Fail.

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    considering that the fork alone was $500 bucks, its not a bad build HAHA.

    Eat more top raman so you can afford the other 156 bucks

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    Obviously reliability is always a concern, and not only with light bikes. Buy a Full Suspension bike at WalMart and thrash it on the trail and you'll find that heavy doesn't always equal reliable.

    Barring reliability/durability issues I think "too light" comes when you fall off the bike and your bike floats away like a balloon.

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    It depends on your version of XC.

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    Can you go too light? yes of course, even for the most tame circumstances. The idea is to go as light as possible while retaining reliability. Problem is, that's not cheap...
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