Following my friends' advice, I traded in my Raleigh M50
for a brand new Raleigh M600 18" at my local bike shop. It uses the same frame as the more expensive Raleigh M800.
The only thing I replaced was the crank set: It came with the same heavy Shimano Acera arms as the M50 with Deore Chain rings, so I paid the difference to replace it for a Shimano XT Hollow Tech arms crank system. (Which is even lighter than the more expensive Shimano XTR)
I also transferred the XTR front derailleur I had installed on the M50, so
I'm really happy with the final result.
Even after installing the XT Hollow crankset, the resulting M600 weight is
still 32 pounds, and I still don't see where all this weight comes from.
The main components on my 18" Raleigh M600 are:
Frame: 7005 Double-Butted Heat Treated Aluminum (Weight unknown)
Fork: Rock Shox Judy SL 100mm Wt: 4.07 lb
Crankset: Shimano XT HollowTech Wt:1.43
(XTR weighs 1.51 lb, so XT is lighter)
Rims: Alex TD17 32h double-wall Disc Wt: 15.5 Oz
(Not bad, since Mavic 317 Disc Rims weigh 13.9 Oz)
Hubs: JoyTech Sealed Alloy, Disc Compatible (How bad are they? I
can't find specs for these hubs on the internet, I only
know they're made in Taiwan.
Are they heavier than Shimano XT Disc Hubs?)
Spokes: 14-Gauge Stainless Steel
Tires: WTB Enduroraptor 26 x 2.1
Brakes: Shimano Deore Mechanical Disc
Pedals: Shimano M-545 Clipless
Handlebar: 6061 Alloy 30mm Riser, 3.0 Wall
Bar Ends: Profile Design MTB Briefs
Stem: OS Threadless 10degree w/ Polished Cap
Seatpost: Alloy w/ Micro Adjust
Saddle: WTB Speed-V
I don't understand why some of my friends' Giant and Trek bikes can weigh
only 23-25 pounds, while mine, with good quality components, is 32 pounds. Where are my bike's extra 9 pounds? I suspect the frame. This is why I need to know the weight.
Thanks in advance.