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Old 08-06-08, 10:53 PM   #1
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Mfg Never Give Bikes Weight

I looked all over the websites of Specialized and Trek and none of their mtb bikes have a weight. Why is this ? My current bike weighs 33 lbs and I am looking for a new, higher end bike. I wanted to know how much the bikes weigh but nothing is listed.
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Old 08-06-08, 11:46 PM   #2
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A lot of websites list weight...but it's hard to know how accurate that number actually is. If http://weightweenies.starbike.com/ is any indication, manufacturers aren't always 100% honest. Plus, a lot of the sites that give weights will give it for...a medium frame. A lot of good that does you, especially if you need say, a small frame, and can't find the weights for the components you want to put on. And the weight pretty much never includes the pedals, and unless you figure out a way to ride the bike with no pedals, you'll have to put that into your equation when calculating whether or not it's lighter than your current bike. Fortunately, most shops have a scale and will weigh the bike if you ask.

What kind of bike are you looking at getting? Pretty much all XC bikes will weigh less than 33 lbs. A lot of AM bikes will weigh less than that too, especially if you build them up with nice components (and nice doesn't necessarily mean X.0 and XTR...I believe that a base-equipped SC Nomad, for example, still slips under that mark). And hardtails will weigh less than FS bikes, since they don't have the rear shock (generally...my FS weighs less than my HT, but the FS was also a much higher quality bike...and you obviously can't compare something like a carbon XC FS to a DJ hardtail).

Also, keep in mind that all weight is not equal. Taking weight off your wheels is worth more than taking the same weight off your frame, since the wheels are rotating weight.
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Old 08-07-08, 01:40 AM   #3
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Trek and Specialized don't make most of the bike. They make the frame, and maybe other minor parts like the saddle. The rest of the bike (the vast majority in terms of weight) is made by other companies- Shimano, Easton, etc. Trek/Specialized can't control or guarantee the weights of all these components so they can't give you a total bike weight.

Component manufacturers are notoriously optimistic about their weights. It's normal to be 10% or so off.

If you want the weight of a specific model, the only reliable thing you can do is either go to the LBS and throw the model in question on some scales. Or ask someone else with the same bike to weigh theirs.
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Old 08-07-08, 05:59 AM   #4
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I looked all over the websites of Specialized and Trek and none of their mtb bikes have a weight. Why is this ? My current bike weighs 33 lbs and I am looking for a new, higher end bike. I wanted to know how much the bikes weigh but nothing is listed.
You won't notice a huge difference unless you go from 33 to ~25-27 anyway.... Look for a bike with a nice ride quality and solid construction, and forget about weight weenie crap.


EDIT- While weight doesn't make a big difference, travel makes a big difference in weight and efficiency. I want to get a 3" travel hardtail for XC racing. They're heaven compared to my FS full squish in terms of climbing out of the saddle.
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Old 08-07-08, 11:50 AM   #5
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Some manufacturers don't give the weight because they know other manufacturers play games with the weight - like they'll measure the weight of the smallest bike but not mention that, or with different tires or crap like that - so some of the honest ones don't want to get caught up in that. So they don't list a weight. At least, that's why they claim.
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pssshhh weight. Who cares how heavy it is?
I race with a 31ish pound bike.
Well, with the new brakes and rotors and wheels maybe 32ish now
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