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    Lightweight Bike for the Wife

    I'm looking for a lightweight bike for my wife in the $500 to $1k range. Her old Raleigh weighed 27 pounds stock and did really well on the trails here in Colorado. I've read up on a lot of bikes but it's difficult to find the weight as well as find out if it rides well on rough trails. Since she rides singletrack in CO there is a lot of climbing and the trails can be pretty rough. I haven't found any good pro reviews on women's bikes. When I read personal reviews they all seem to be from people that do easy trail rides, dirt roads and the like. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    How light? what kind of weight (range) do you have in mind. I'd check out Specialized myka, Cannondale, and Trek. You'd probably drop 1-3 lbs not likely more.

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    If we can stay close to 27, but under 30 for sure I think she'd be happy.

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    Yeah, check out those bikes, she'd like it.

    Quick tip on dropping weight cheaply; do a stan's conversion and get light, high volume tires that's grippy enough for her riding. I've done this and dropped 2.2 lbs for less than $100. Any other weight loss on the bike usually comes at about $1000 a pound.

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