My current hard tail is heavy... Oh 30 some pounds I would guess. I've been thinking about cutting the fat, cheaply, with minimal spending.
1) Replace shock /w aluminum rigid (currently have a Rock Shock J1)
2) Remove the front derailleur /w shifter
3) Drop two chain rings / reduce chain length, depending on which rings I drop (wont save much weight, but I wont need such a long chain if I use a smaller chain ring)
4) Get lighter tires when my current ones wear out.
90% of my riding is on gravel / sandy trails, going up + down hills with a rock garden / wood pile here and there. So I will get a harsher ride, but the climbs should get easier, so I figure it will be a fair trade off. Any other suggestions?