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Old 04-15-05, 08:33 AM   #1
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Lightest Sub $1000 MTB

Can someone tell me who makes the lightest sub $1000 hardtail? (less than $1000)
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I doubt you're going to find someone on here that's actually been able to weigh every sub-$1000 hardtail. I'm sure you'll get lots of interesting opinions, though.
Relying on the few manufactuers that provide such info is dicey at best, plus the minute weight difference you'll see in this price range don't really have an impact in terms of your riding enjoyment/speed.
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I doubt you're going to find someone on here that's actually been able to weigh every sub-$1000 hardtail. I'm sure you'll get lots of interesting opinions, though.
Relying on the few manufactuers that provide such info is dicey at best, plus the minute weight difference you'll see in this price range don't really have an impact in terms of your riding enjoyment/speed.
I'm not expecting people to "weigh in" with exact weights. I am just talking in generalities. Every manufacturer seems to have a price point around $700 where they start with higher end aluminum frames. I am just interested which bike most people would regard as being "light weight." If nothing else, bike shop employees have occasion to handle and discuss many of these bikes with people all of the time.

BTW, I am contacting several manufacturers with the same question. I will report back.
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Well, let's see...I've found the Cannondales we have to be marginally lighter than the Fishers/Treks or Specializeds in the same range. They are about comparable to Rocky Mountains in the same range, though those have beefier forks and hydro discs while the Cannonballs do not. It's all subjective...and I'd be worried more about my weight and condition than a marginal weight difference. But that's just me...
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I can't help but this site might be able to

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/

They tend to weight everything (including bolts) so you may get some info there.
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I thinkn motonbecane makes one for around a grand
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I can say for certain that the Kona Caldera is not even close to being the lightest.

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trek 6500 or 6700?
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Stumpjumper maybe...
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Can someone tell me who makes the lightest sub $1000 hardtail? (less than $1000)
Although list price is $1100, I've purchased a new 2004 Giant XTC2 for $779; which seems quite light in comparison to similar bicycles.
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to get a reasonably light bike, by most peoples standards (under 24lbs), I think you'd either have to pay a good deal more than a grand, or build it up yourself. I can't think of any off the rack bikes that in that weight class in that price range. Of course, if you consider under say 27lbs light, then there are many options. Giant XTCs are pretty light, but the supergo Access is lighter. Thats where I would start if I were building a light hardtail. Its just like a homegrown, but a little heavier and a lot cheaper.
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Here is what I heard from the manufacturers:

Trek (from Pete)

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Thanks for writing. I don't have any weights listed for bikes under
$1000. I do have frame weights, the lightest frame is going to be the
6500 frame. It weighs approx 3.7lbs.
From Josh at Trek....(actually he responded for Gary Fisher to which i actually sent email)


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The 6700 would be the lightest at that price point @ 29 lbs
Josh again after he realized he gave me Trek info instead of Gary Fisher...this time he gave for Gary Fisher.

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Im sorry, the Hoo Koo E Koo for the fisher line
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