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Old 12-04-11, 09:05 AM
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Looks like that article is pimping the trickle-down of technology versus the engine:gear debate. The article is pretty pointless IMO. The Rockhopper frame isn't going to be that much different (performance-wise) than a top end Stumpy. Just like the Durango frame will be "nearly" as capable as a top shelf Dakota Race. Notice that he didn't use a Hardrock frame. You may shave a little weight by running the Stumpy over the RH, but the fact that he was running top shelf components (not including the Recon) sorta negates the whole article. Either way...the difference in a hardtail build is going to be the componentry. In addition...he's running it singlespeed. You can shed crap-loads of weight by getting rid of 1/2 of your drivetrain. He's using SS specific wheelset...most likely not entry level. Really, the only thing about that bike that's stock is the frame and fork. The Recon is a good fork. It's pretty light and performs very well.

The fact that they are trying to impress people by saying he's winning races on a Rockhopper would be like throwing an XC kit on my Komodo frame and doing the same thing. "OMG...Jamis bikes are so awesomely light that even their Freeride Hardtail can win XC races! OMG, OMG!"

It's deceptive. I bet the thing weighs less than 24lbs as it sits.
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