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Make a 2007 Stumpy lighter, or trade?

Old 01-23-13, 07:38 AM
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Make a 2007 Stumpy lighter, or trade?

I've ridden dirt bikes or mountain bikes all my life, even used to win some races. I'm 68 now, 145 lbs. but in very good condition and I love to push myself, fast as I can go on local trails, no drop offs, no jumps (I know how, but can't take the risk on an old spine), many tight and open curves, some fast-fun downhills, perhaps 100 yds long. Many roots, logs I ride over now instead of jump or hopping.
My '07 Stumpy Elite is a great bike, but I'd love a bike with a bit shorter wheelbase, and much lighter, since my weight and style put no real stress on a bike. But I'm not in the loop as to what bike would fill that need.
My 1999 FS Stumpy feels great, and I ride it faster ( it's lighter, 3" shorter) BUT the rear does not have enough shock travel to protect my spine.
Know any bikes that might do that for me?
OR, for $1K or a little more, how could I remove 3 lbs from my 2007 model, or is it possible?
Thanks for any info
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Old 01-23-13, 10:16 AM
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Sink some money into the bike you have. Lighter tires, tubes, carbon bar, carbon seatpost. If that still isn't light enough, replace the wheels with something weenie-esque. You'd be surprised how much lighter your bike will feel with lighter wheels.
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"Much lighter" than a Stumpy? You're most likely going to have to go with a short travel XC bike, and possibly a carbon one at that. And that won't help much with the not enough travel situation. Although...you shouldn't really be absorbing the impact with your spine. Let your legs do that. Stand up out of the saddle and let your knees and hips take the force of the shock. And even when you're seated, your knees can take more of that shock than you think, just requires some core strength.

If you decide to just weight-weenie your current bike, your best bet is to knock off weight where it counts the most...tires are probably easiest, and wheels are an effective (but expensive) option too.

You want a shorter wheelbase, obviously you'll need to go with a different bike, or at the very least, a new frame.
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Wheels could be a big upgrade depending on what the bike came with. Is this it? http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UQGJYCeYuSo

Good quality wheels, but probably not overly light. The stumpy was always a trail bike. A costly Epic from 2007 would have had lighter wheels.

For $1k I would get the wheels I have on my bike-- Mavic Crossmax ST-- and consider the other upgrades Grimlock mentioned. MSRP on the wheels is $800 but you can do better if you hunt around. They weigh 1590 grams. You can get even lighter wheels but might give up some reliability (Easton's light wheels are nowhere near as durable as a Mavic Crossmax) or have to spend over $1k for a carbon rim.
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