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Old 11-20-04, 02:31 PM
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lightest production hardtail?

I'm getting back into riding off road esp since I've recently moved to an area more conducive to mtbiking.
I'm still riding the Cannondale Killer V I got 12 years ago, but I'd love to upgrade to a great lightweight hardtail for some of the fire roads and light single track around here.

I'm not looking at any off-brands or customs, but I'd love to know what's out there that you all like and are riding. For grins and gigs lets say price is no object.

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Old 11-20-04, 02:37 PM
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These guys would kow

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/

I have no clue. My lightest bike is 32 pounds when it is built.
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Old 11-20-04, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jburnsdo
I'm getting back into riding off road esp since I've recently moved to an area more conducive to mtbiking.
I'm still riding the Cannondale Killer V I got 12 years ago, but I'd love to upgrade to a great lightweight hardtail for some of the fire roads and light single track around here.

I'm not looking at any off-brands or customs, but I'd love to know what's out there that you all like and are riding. For grins and gigs lets say price is no object.

thx
It's not the lightest at 24 lbs and it isn't the most expensive at $1400 USD but my 2005 Kona Kula with Easton Ultralight tubing in a great race geometery running a Fox Vanilla up front and a nice component package front to back gets the job done wonderfully for me for singletrack and steeps.
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Old 11-20-04, 03:37 PM
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24 lbs is a good weight for a hardtail. I know a lot of people say they don't care for uber-light hardtails because they don't feel as stable as something with a little weight on it.. especially in rock/root gardens. Superlight components are (in general, though not always) easier to break and can't take as much of a beating. I don't think I'd really want to go below 23-24 lbs myself on a bike. Road bikes are a different story entirely, though.
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Old 11-20-04, 05:32 PM
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For everday riding, I really think most hardtails under 24lbs are somewhat impractical due to the lightweight less durable components, and the frame itself has to have comprimises made in the strength/durability vs. weight department in a lot of cases. A good lightweight hardtail would be the Specialized Stumpjumper, killer design, and weighs right around 24lbs. Starts at about $1,100 for the Stumpjumper and moves on up to $3,000+ for the S-Works model.
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Old 11-20-04, 05:56 PM
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Agreed, cryogenic and seely. I've always pegged 24 lbs as a good top of the bell curve for a versatile but still fairly thoroughbred HT XC'er.
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Old 11-20-04, 06:11 PM
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Hey, Motobecane (the company) has the goods. Check out their website. Cheap and light.
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Old 11-20-04, 06:42 PM
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I'd venture to say any of the Schwinn Homegrowns are the lightest production hardtails.
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Old 11-20-04, 08:33 PM
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Shwinn Homegrowns are not in production anymore, but a great bike anyway.
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Old 11-20-04, 08:39 PM
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I can say this for sure, my bike is NOT the lightest.
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Old 11-21-04, 09:21 AM
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thanks guys I'll check out the Kona and the Spec soon
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Old 11-21-04, 01:36 PM
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Schwinn HG's are still in production silly......their Yeti ARC's. Same exact frame, Yeti built them first....then Schwinn started using Yeti's factory alongside Yeti I believe. Thats around the time that FTW left Yeti....if you want light, look at Ellsworth, Tomac, or Ti/custom.....Seven, Merlin, Litespeed.
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Old 11-21-04, 03:49 PM
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I can't have a light bike. I am about 220, and I ride very hard.
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I thought Azonic built the Homegrowns? In any case, they are rediculously light but theres other frames out there that are just as light. (The Kona Kula comes to mind. MMMmmm Scandium.)
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Old 11-21-04, 06:11 PM
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Nahh.....it was Yeti, remember that Schwinn DH bike, same bike as the 8inch Yeti. mmm Scandium DH bars, I really gotta find some more of these.
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Old 11-21-04, 06:28 PM
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Hmmm... wasnt the Zaskar about the lightest? I'm thinking the ones with the anno'd frame?
 
Old 11-22-04, 05:18 AM
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SCottUSA of switzerland make a carbon hardtaill called the Scale. It weighs about 8.7kg's with full XTR.
Cliamed to be the lightest production hardtail
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Old 11-22-04, 07:06 AM
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I'm a lightweight guy..I like 22-21 lbs, under, the bike is not usefull climbing-
-(you have to sit for traction) >downhill the rear is all over the place.

Under 20 lbs would be fine..off the mountain> XC, yea.

I'm adding weight to the bike rear for jumping.

I believe the 'lightness' is only reletive to the riders body weight.

A 220 guy can 'toss' around a 35 lb bike like I do my 22.
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Old 11-22-04, 07:26 AM
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I believe this is one of the lightest. Until it comes to the wallet.
http://www.litespeed.com/bikes/2005/tanasi.aspx
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Old 11-22-04, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
I'm a lightweight guy..I like 22-21 lbs, under, the bike is not usefull climbing-
-(you have to sit for traction) >downhill the rear is all over the place.

Under 20 lbs would be fine..off the mountain> XC, yea.

I'm adding weight to the bike rear for jumping.

I believe the 'lightness' is only reletive to the riders body weight.

A 220 guy can 'toss' around a 35 lb bike like I do my 22.
You are so right... I'm 225 lb and a 30 lb bike seems light to me.
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Old 11-22-04, 11:25 AM
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If your body weight is below 210lbs, then you allowed to ride one of these Pace RC frames:

https://www.pacecycles.com/product.a...D=1&subcat=440

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Bike_har...ct_76202.shtml
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Old 11-22-04, 11:31 AM
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My Raleigh Talus is about 25-26lbs. Takes well to heavier riders (I'm sittin at 220) as well, after you get a stiffer spring kit for the fork though.
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Old 11-22-04, 12:45 PM
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I think you guys are overboard with 24 lbs. A lightweight XC frame with a SID World Cup and Full XTR (V-brakes) should come in easily at 21 to 22 lbs. You can build a full suspension bike at about 24 lbs.

If you want to get "stupid-light" you can start throwing some Ti fasteners in there, a stupid light seat, carbon fiber bars, seatpost...etc. and get a XC hardtail down to 18.5 lbs.
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Old 11-22-04, 01:39 PM
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check out the trek elite 9.8; it's a great frame and awsome components, i race mine every weekend and i never have any problems
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Old 11-22-04, 08:00 PM
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I'd say 25-30lbs for a hardtail would be a good fit. My hardtail is weighing about 35lbs.. 35lbs isnt bad if you don't urban but I would prefer maybe like 28-30lbs; but that's just me.
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