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Old 08-26-07, 02:43 PM
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Lightening my bike.

I would like to lighten my MTB, because I use it more on streets.

Any suggestions?

And how can I go faster on city streets?
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Old 08-26-07, 03:14 PM
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if you plan on just riding on the street some slick tires will be a good starting point for performance gains.
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Old 08-26-07, 03:18 PM
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Fork with a lockout makes all the difference too. I road my 6500 215 miles over 3 days in New York State back in June. The lockout fork and street tires made all the difference in the world. Hills got tiring after awhile (but I had the gear advantage over the roadies), I stayed in the middle of the pack the whole time.
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Old 08-26-07, 03:57 PM
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buy a roadbike
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Care to post your bike specs? Might help out some.
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
I would like to lighten my MTB, because I use it more on streets.

Any suggestions?

And how can I go faster on city streets?
1. Replace suspension fork with rigid.
2. 1.4" slick tires with lightweight tubes. Ritchey Tom Slicks are pretty good.
3. Interval training.

To drop significant weight, you may end up spending a lot of money and should consider a more street specific bike. Not necessary a true "road bike", but something better designed for pavement.
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Old 08-26-07, 07:34 PM
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Care to post your bike specs? Might help out some.
K2 Attack


FRAME Active Link suspension design, 7000 series aluminum, with up to 4" of travel
REAR SHOCK Coil-over, oil damped with preload adjust
FORK SR Suntour XCM, 100mm Travel, with preload adjusters, aluminum crown and lowers
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano MC21 (Alivio)
REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM SX5
SHIFTERS SRAM SX4 Trigger
FREEWHEEL/CASSETTE SRAM PG-830 cassette, 11-32T, eight speed
CRANKSET SR Suntour XCC-250, 22/32/42T
BOTTOM BRACKET Sealed Cartridge
CHAIN KMC IG31
WHEELSET Jalco alloy rims, disc-specific hubs and 32 black stainless spokes per wheel
TIRES Kenda Klaw XT, 26x2.1", with front and rear specific tread designs
BRAKES ProMax mechanical discs
BRAKE LEVERS Alloy MTB levers
HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless, Zero Stack style
STEM Alloy threadless
HANDLEBAR Steel riser bar
GRIPS Dual-density MTB design
SEATCLAMP Quick-release, aluminum
SEATPOST Aluminum microadjust, 350mm
SADDLE K2 Trail MTB, with dual material cover and scuff guards
PEDALS Resin MTB
EXTRAS CPSC reflectors and K2 owner's manual
AVAILABLE COLORS Blue
SIZES SM (14-15"), fits 5'3" to 5'6", MD (16-17"), fits 5'6" to 5'10", LG (18-19"), fits 5'10" to 6'1" & XL (20-21"), fits 6'1" to 6'4"
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Old 08-27-07, 04:01 PM
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As already said, slicks and a rigid fork is the cheapest way to lighten and gain speed right away. The best way to effectively "feel" that a bike is lighter while riding is to reduce the rotating weight. This would include wheels and cranks. The slick tires are generally lighter than most knobbies so this will be a step in the right direction.

I have a mtb set up for the road with 1.25 slicks (only $8.00 from Performance), a rigid chromoly fork (wanting ti upgrade to a 26in. carbon rigid in the future) and I'm also using drop road bars for more aerodynamics into headwinds. The road drop bars may not be for everyone but I find the Salsa cyclocross drop bars perfect. The drop is shallow and the reach is short.
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Old 08-27-07, 04:04 PM
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Thanks a lot everyone! What rigid fork has Disc mounts?
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Old 08-27-07, 04:54 PM
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maybe you could drop the discs too
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
Thanks a lot everyone! What rigid fork has Disc mounts?
the surly 1x1 fork does, I think on one might make one. It shouldn't be too hard to find one.
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