I bought my girlfriends son a 2007 hardrock sport size small 26" wheels and v-brakes. He beat the snot out of his dick sport goods bike and was ready for a real bike. I purchased the bike on CL and got an great deal $170.
The problem we have having is that this bike is as heavy as sin! Just under 32 lbs with the kickstand . He is just around 5 foot tall and 117 lbs and growing.
I'm in the process of learning to build a set of wheels and I am building a set for his bike and expect a little weight loss from there.
I'm just trying to get ideas as how how to lighten up his bike w/o breaking the bank.
I was thinking wheels( that ill build) a fork ( used eBay) and new tires(pricepoint)
Wheels will probably lose a 400 grams if I can't figure how to build em!
Thinking of replacing the current 100mm fork with an 80mm air that is 1100grams lighter that the tank on there now a rst gilla
The tires are 26x2.2 and weight over 700 grams for each tire. Found a set of tires 2.1 front and 1.9 rear that are a combined 980 grams saving 450 grams
In total a weight loss of just over 4lbs
Theoretically the bike would weight just under 28lbs.
How does that compare to other kids bike? I know it's a heavier because its an adults bike. I just want to see what other have for insight.
He enjoys biking and going riding trails with me and his mother. I want to make his bike easier to Handle to help him enjoy it that much more this coming spring summer and fall.
Sorry for the this huge write up!
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