Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Somewhere between heaven and hell
Bikes: '09 Jamis Komodo, '09 Mirraco Blend One, '08 Cervelo P2C, '08 Specialized Ruby Elite, '07 Yeti AS-R SL, '07 DMR Drone
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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.