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    Just another "Suggest me a bike" thread

    Hey this is my first post on MTBR forums and I'm looking to get back in to mountainbiking more than I have done in the last several years.

    My current rig is a GT Karakoram from about 1995; chromoly frame, many stock parts but I replaced the headset and the stem and I had upgraded the drivetrain with XT, added some clipless pedals, and replaced the rigid fork with a Manitou FS Ti fork around 1998. Unfortunately, it's so old that it can't be upgraded (had to replace a shifter with Alivo because they don't make a 24spd XT anymore, can't mount disc brakes, etc.)

    I have looked at a few bikes in big box stores like Dick's or even bike-specific stores nearby, and they all seemed super heavy in comparison to the Karakoram.

    I'm looking for a lightweight hardtail, preferably 100mm of travel in the front, disc brakes, and mid-level components/drivetrain (I'm not a racer or anything, but I don't want the cheapest heaviest sh*t they make, either). I have never ridden a 29'er but the big tire single-speed idea intrigues me and I notice the new Karakoram is a 29'er so I would definitely consider staying loyal to this bike model if the price is right!

    I used to read all the mags (before the internet) and thought I knew my stuff back in the day but I've been so far out of the loop for the last decade that I really don't know anything about which brands are good anymore or what I should expect to spend etc.

    What sort of $$$ will I need to spend to get a bike that meets these requirements? What are some options that you'd suggest for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Z View Post
    What sort of $$$ will I need to spend to get a bike that meets these requirements?
    Your requirements are too vague. What do you consider a lightweight hardtail? 18lb? 20lb? 25lb?
    Essentially every pound cut will cost you a few hundred dollars.
    Sub 20lb will cost you in the thousands. Sub 30 will cost you in the hundreds.

    It's really best if you give a price range you can afford or are willing to spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Your requirements are too vague. What do you consider a lightweight hardtail? 18lb? 20lb? 25lb?
    Essentially every pound cut will cost you a few hundred dollars.
    Sub 20lb will cost you in the thousands. Sub 30 will cost you in the hundreds.

    It's really best if you give a price range you can afford or are willing to spend.
    I'm gonna say $1000 max, knowing that if I start looking at $1000 bikes I'll end up buying one that costs $1400. I have a funny way of upselling myself. Salesmen probably love me.

    Sub 20 is out of the question. I think 25-27 lbs or so would be good. Then again, I have no idea how much my old one weighs. I should probably step on a scale with it and figure that out, eh?

    This may not be the best comparison but it is the only one I have: my wife has a recent (2-3yr old) GT Aggressor. I know this is an entry-level department store bike but honestly my old Karakoram feels like it weighs half as much. I have tried the "pick it up and see what it feels like test" on other, more expensive bikes ($1100 Treks), but I get the same ton-of-bricks feel.

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    Smile All Nice Bikes

    Hey there friend!

    These are my suggestions. All well within your proposed budget:

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    The NEW GT Karakoram (But only in Aluminum this time 'round)..

    Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoabiSlim View Post
    Hey there friend!

    These are my suggestions. All well within your proposed budget:

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    GT Karakoram (But only in Aluminum this time 'round)..

    Good Luck!
    Thanks for the suggestions! So the Karakoram is a 29'er but not a single speed. That alleviates some concerns, 29er is a change to begin with but a single-speed and 29er might be too different from what I'm used to riding. Given the good experience I've had with this brand in the past, I may lean that way but I will look at the other options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Z View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions! So the Karakoram is a 29'er but not a single speed. That alleviates some concerns, 29er is a change to begin with but a single-speed and 29er might be too different from what I'm used to riding. Given the good experience I've had with this brand in the past, I may lean that way but I will look at the other options.
    Just remember that GT has different ownership than it did when you bought your last bike. That isn't necessarily a bad thing but I would not rely so much on your past bike experience. Check out the GT forum here first.
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    OK, finally put mine on the scale with me today, weighed in twice with & without the bike and both times my old bike's weight has come in at 27.4 with two water bottle cages on it, so it's a shade over 27 lbs.

    Prefer to keep in the same weight range.

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