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    any lightweight F3s out there? suggestions?

    I would like to get an F3 and make it a little bit lighter.

    I am not out too spend a fortune (no crossmax slrs)...

    I was thinking maybe Mavic 717s on XT hubs. Maybe x-9 shifters, x-9 rear der. and XT or XTR front der. Lighter tires. Maybe eventually a better crankset...

    Just wondering if anyone has some suggestions for a guy on a budget.... what would you do and in what order??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urnicus
    I would like to get an F3 and make it a little bit lighter.

    I am not out too spend a fortune (no crossmax slrs)...

    I was thinking maybe Mavic 717s on XT hubs. Maybe x-9 shifters, x-9 rear der. and XT or XTR front der. Lighter tires. Maybe eventually a better crankset...

    Just wondering if anyone has some suggestions for a guy on a budget.... what would you do and in what order??

    Mine weighs 21.4, but I don' think that fits in with what you are looking for. A buddies is under 20lbs, so if you have the money you can get them very light.

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    Assuming you've already replaced the seat, do these in this order:

    1. Wheels and tires
    2. Crank and bottom bracket
    3. Seatpost
    4. Cassette
    5. Rear dérailleur

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay04cobra
    Mine weighs 21.4, but I don' think that fits in with what you are looking for. A buddies is under 20lbs, so if you have the money you can get them very light.
    My guess is <22 lbs is too much $$$. But what have you done to your bikes to get them that light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    Assuming you've already replaced the seat, do these in this order:

    1. Wheels and tires
    2. Crank and bottom bracket
    3. Seatpost
    4. Cassette
    5. Rear dérailleur
    What's a good light weight Crank/bottom bracket? How about the Race Face Deus x-Type cranks/bottom bracket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamic213
    What's a good light weight Crank/bottom bracket? How about the Race Face Deus x-Type cranks/bottom bracket?

    That's exactly what I would get.

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    If you are going to spend all that money on upgrades, why not just buy a better bike to begin with?

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    You can easily knock a 1/4lb of weight off the cassette, with SRAM PG-990, or Shimano M760 cassettes. Start there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apacherider
    If you are going to spend all that money on upgrades, why not just buy a better bike to begin with?
    because i like the headshock.

    because i want a light weight hard tail on a budget.

    because i can upgrade as i go.

    because i am starting school and cant spend too much right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urnicus
    because i like the headshock.

    because i want a light weight hard tail on a budget.

    because i can upgrade as i go.

    because i am starting school and cant spend too much right now.
    But you will be buying parts twice. You will be throwing money away. You will end up spending $500 just to drop 1/2-1 pound.

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    I have an F3 ('07 model). My comments are: put better tires/(light) tubes/seat/bar grips as near-term upgrades....you'll want to do this on practically any bike you buy, I think. Other stuff is mostly "bling" and really doesn't do that much IMO. Upgraded wheels would be nice, but big bucks there.

    Pretty sure they've upgraded the brakes on the '08's (mine has 6" rotor which is marginal for me), so you probably don't have to do anything there.

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    you can think about mavic crossride then trade off the stock wheel
    crossride have good value, 1Lb heavier than crossmax but cost less than 200 bucks
    07' come with mavic 117+shimano M475 they are entry level parts but good brand it should able to pay back you some $$

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