Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

Weight reduction/better performance tips needed

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Weight reduction/better performance tips needed

Old 08-10-07, 10:11 AM
  #1  
ckittle07
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Weight reduction/better performance tips needed

So a few months ago I bought an 07 Gary Fisher Piranha, and I'm looking to dump some more money in it. Now, my question is, which of the stock parts should I replace first to get the best bang for my buck as far as weight reduction and better performance? Here's what it came with:

http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/full_sp...s&bike=Piranha
ckittle07 is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 10:45 AM
  #2  
born2bahick
Official Website Waterboy
 
born2bahick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,271

Bikes: a lot

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ckittle07 View Post
So a few months ago I bought an 07 Gary Fisher Piranha, and I'm looking to dump some more money in it. Now, my question is, which of the stock parts should I replace first to get the best bang for my buck as far as weight reduction and better performance? Here's what it came with:

http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/full_sp...s&bike=Piranha
You can shave almost a pound by shopping for new a saddle and seatpost! That saddle you have is really heavy by my standards
born2bahick is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 11:44 AM
  #3  
C Law
Too Much Crazy
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 3,659

Bikes: A bunch

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 114 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
you should have just bought the HKEK 2 months ago.

The Air fork alone would have saved you a pound at least.

Now you are stuck with a coil spring anchor for a fork, and you'll have to spend at lease the $350 difference in the price to get an air fork.

But if you bought the HKEK, you would have had a better frame, crankset , hubs, and drivetrain also.
C Law is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 11:53 AM
  #4  
ghettocruiser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
350 would be based on the MSRPs? How do you know what he actually paid for the bike?
ghettocruiser is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 12:05 PM
  #5  
C Law
Too Much Crazy
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 3,659

Bikes: A bunch

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 114 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well, I am assuming that if he got a break on the lower end model, that he could have gotten a similar break on the higher lower end model.
C Law is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 12:13 PM
  #6  
Ricardo
Hazardous biker
 
Ricardo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Posts: 602

Bikes: 2005 Santa Cruz Blur Classic

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Do you race? Weight is the most overrated aspect of cycling. I would go rather for better performance than marginal weight savings. For instance, Avid's BB7s disc brakes and a mid level marzocchi suspension fork might do a night and day difference in the overall feel of your ride.

And what is more important, enjoy and have fun.

Ricardo
Ricardo is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 12:41 PM
  #7  
probable556
pedal head
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,004
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you want to lose weight, just empty your wallet in the trash or shed a couple of lbs off your ass. For better performance just ride more.

The bike is fine, don't get sucked into the myth of gram counting unless you are a serious racer.
probable556 is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 01:01 PM
  #8  
ghettocruiser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Curt Kurt View Post
Well, I am assuming that if he got a break on the lower end model, that he could have gotten a similar break on the higher lower end model.
I usually buy at the end of the season sale. The model I buy tends to be the only one left.

Originally Posted by probable556 View Post
If you want to lose weight, just empty your wallet in the trash or shed a couple of lbs off your ass.
So now we know his body mass index, somehow. Gord lord...
ghettocruiser is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 01:16 PM
  #9  
C Law
Too Much Crazy
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 3,659

Bikes: A bunch

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 114 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
I usually buy at the end of the season sale. The model I buy tends to be the only one left.
hmmm....that is good for you indeed. A wise shopping strategy.

I have gleaned from the OP's post that a few (I'll guess three) months ago he purchased an 07 bike.

Since it is early august, I am guessing it was sometime in may he made the purchase. I don't think it was an end of the season sale (unless he is in the southern hemishpere). Since it was a current year bike, I doubt the LBS was running a huge discount special on it, since it was May.

He did not offer any clues as to the size of his ass, however........
C Law is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 07:13 PM
  #10  
probable556
pedal head
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,004
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Curt Kurt View Post

He did not offer any clues as to the size of his ass, however........
Well, I guess it can be said that my weight comment might have just been a hasty assumption.
probable556 is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 07:23 PM
  #11  
BearSquirrel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 511
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How about some functional improvements?

The improvement you'll get the most out of are strapless (clipless) pedals. Attaching your shoe to your pedal allows you to pull up and vastly improves climbing ability.

Seat sore from the hardtail? How about adding a Thudbuster seatpost. The post allows you to sit and pedal over choppy terrain. It also does wonders for the way your but feels when you get done cycling. A less weighty but less effective avenue is to go with a titanium (most expensive) or a carbon fiber seatpost.

Hard to break? How about a 185mm rotor instead of the 160mm? More braking power will be available with far less hand lever pressure.
BearSquirrel is offline  
Old 08-10-07, 08:13 PM
  #12  
apclassic9
Caustic Soccer Mom
 
apclassic9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Millstone WV
Posts: 1,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
weightweenies.com
__________________
As with mud, life, too, slides by.
apclassic9 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.