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    32lb Hardtail

    Hi everyone

    I have finished doing up my 17'' frame hardtail bike with new 80mm travel forks and stuff.

    I bought some scales and it weighs about 31.5/32lbs

    Is this too heavy? For proper XC and fast riding?

    And if so, should I buy lighter components or a whole new frame

    Its fine for riding, but i know it would be much easier on hills.

    Many thanks in advance!!

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    Re: 32lb Hardtail

    If you like it and it doesn't bother you, who cares wear others' opinions are.

    It will keep you in shape and make you a stronger rider that's for certain!

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    Great point!

    If i stick with a heavier bike then later upgrade it will be like riding a a feather.

    Luckily i can easily keep up with people on a 2 grand bike.

    Whats the weight of yours?

    And thanks for the help

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    It is a bit heavy but it shouldn't really bother you unless you're racing it.

    Can you do without the front gears? (assuming it has them).

    Does it have any particularly heavy components that would be cheap to upgrade?

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    Look to your rims, I too had a 33 lbs HT (2012 Spech Carve). I ditched the liners and heavy tubes and dropped 4 lbs of wheel weight. Made a huge difference. I did have the thick goo filled $11.5 tubes that were close to 750 gr and liners were ~200gr. If you have the stock tubes you should drop a couple lbs that way.

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    what frame and parts do you have?

    32lbs is not bad for a beefy long travel AM hardtail but you built an XC bike which is a different animal.

    your wheels and tires are prob the first thing to upgrade like Mark said. Losing weight from the wheels will make the bike feel lighter than a lighter frame/fork.

    read about rotational mass and bike wheels.

    like you and others said, you will get a better work out with a heavier bike and when you do upgrade or change bikes, it will seem much lighter.

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    As others have said, as long as you like it....but, how did you manage to make it that heavy? I'm just curious as to the build on a HT that would put that much weight on.

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    That's not unusual for a modestly priced hardtail. It's likely there's a little bit of extra weight on just about all of the parts, but I would examine the tires and tubes first. If you're riding all-mountain terrain, I would go too narrow or minimal with the tread, but there could well be some weight to shed there, and that would be the most noticeable place to lose some weight if it's there to lose.

    Many modestly priced hardtails have boat anchor stems and seatposts too, so that is the next place to lose some weight while not spending a lot of money. The fork and wheels probably have some heft too, but that is going to be expensive to replace those and before you do that, you may want to examine the option of upgrading the entire bike if the weight is bugging you that much. Unless your disposable income is just laying around and begging for something to do, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Much more important to ride and have fun.

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    Thanks for all the reply's!!!

    I need the front gears The reason the bike is heavy it that it was originally cheap, (95) so everything about it is not built to be amazingly light, including the frame/components/wheel.

    I think your right about wheels, rims and tires, but it already has slick mtb tires.

    I weighed one wheel and it was 6.5lbs, so both wheels are almost half the bike weight, but as i said the parts are all rather cheap, frame still aluminium but it would mean upgrading a lot to get down to 25lbs!


    Lastly, your right, its much more important to have fun, and a few lbs cant make a big difference really? surely its the same as having a rucksack on?

    Thanks again!

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    My steel all mountain hardtail is around 30lbs with a heavy 140mm travel fork (Pike) and heavy wheel/tires. The rest of my build it pretty lightweight (Shimano XT).

    If yours is an inexpensive/department store bike, I'd ride it as is until you're no longer happy with it, then buy or build a new bike with lighter weight in mind.

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    Ok so it would be reasonable for an AM but not something with 80mm travel and less sturdy.

    Its not exactly a department store bike, just an inexpensive XC hardtail

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    6.5 lbs for one wheel?? jesus. my entire wheelset is less than 3.5lbs
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    Re: 32lb Hardtail

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    6.5 lbs for one wheel?? jesus. my entire wheelset is less than 3.5lbs
    I think he means with rotor tire, etc. My first low end wheels and kenda nevegals weighed near that (rear). Not uncommon. Just ride it. Have fun. Upgrade as you can afford it.
    http://biketubes.blogspot.com/2010/0...eight.html?m=0

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    wheels would be the best place to start. it's what makes the bike feel heavy and sluggish.
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    You don't get a better workout with a heavier bike. You'll just go slower.

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    ^^This. Power won't change. Just slower.

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    don't upgrade the wheels. save up and buy a new bike in the future. enjoy.

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    Hi and thanks.

    It would improve fitness if I keep up the same speed and push more surely?
    I think if anything I would upgrade the wheels (because of rotating mass) but probably just leave it and live with it until I get a new bike frame, as it would be a bit pointless to upgrade every component on a cheap heavyish frame.

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    Just ride it and enjoy it! You will want to upgrade things soon enough. Other than bars, stem, grips, seat, pedals, you should leave it alone. Save up as others mentioned for a better bike in 1-2 years.
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