How much does your Dakar XLT weigh?
2005 XLT 13" frame weighs 35lbs. Normal weight for this frame and size?
That seems quite heavy, what do you have hanging off of it?
For comparison, my 2005 XLT 19" weighs 33lbs with the following major mods:
-Titec Pluto Carbon Bar (subtract about a 1/3 pound from stock)
-Romic Double D rear shock (add about a pound)
-Crank Bros Mallet C pedals (add 1/3 pound)
-Race Face Ride XC cranks with Bashguard (maybe 1/4 less than triple Hussfelts)
-7" front rotor and heavier spring in Fox Forx (add maybe 1/8 pound)
-Ritchey Girder Pro Disc Wheelset (close to even with stock)
-SRAM 990 11-34 cassette (1/4 less than stock)
-Front Fender (add 1/8 pound)
So it is probably pretty close to stock weight. My guess is that you have either a pessimistic scale or you have a lot of accessories (like a saddle bag full of tools, tubes, etc) or maybe your running something like Slime in your tubes or tire liners (or maybe a combination of several things).
Noting on bike when weighing it. Yes, I recently installed a Slime tube in front and a thorn-resistant tune in rear, both lined with Slime liner. I've noticed the rear is significantly heavier with the new tube. The rear wheel alone weoghs 5lbs! I'm thinking of ways to reduce weight now!
Worst place for weight
Adding a pound of rotating weight will feel like three pounds of frame weight!!! Don't bother trying to reduce weight in other areas, you need to work on your rotating weight in a serious way.
Originally Posted by djork
What kind of flat problems are you having?
If its pinch flats, try using standard tubes and increasing 5-10 psi in your tires. If its thorns, here are a few suggestions that will work. But ditch the TR tubes and tire liners, massive weight in the worst possible place!
-Best Option-go tubeless, a tubeless setup with Stans Sealant is almost flat proof
-Good Option-if you have a Specialized dealer nearby (you can order these from Specialized direct as well), pick up their Airlock tubes. Similar to Slime, but lighter and much more effective.
-Good Option #2-if you want additional protection, pick up some SpinSkins tire liners. They weigh less than 1/16th of a pound yet are made of kevlar and are very effective against thorns.
Hope this helps...you'll drop 2-3 lbs easy with these suggestions
Ive managed to get my XLT down around the 30 lb range. XTR, carbon, and a couple other light weight components helped get it down. Its a nice ride and climbs well.
I have a 2003 XLT but don't use it for huge drops
and it weighs in at just over 28 lbs. I use it for XC use only since my original ordeal with broken chainstays when I first got the frame. Harder riding I use my other bikes.
Specifics of note:
Wheels: built them with 28 hole Am Classic rear hubs, alloy nips, VXC rims, DT revolution spokes, front hub is a Lefty hub.
Tires Hutch spiders
Lefty max 130 fork with ti spring
Cane creek headset
Cane Creek AD 10 shock
Scandium Kore seat post
Ti rail WTB SST saddle
M952 XTR crank, M950 BB
XTR M950 rear derailler
SRP (out of buisness) full ti rear cassette.
There's no need to fear.
'03 Xlt 2.
I have managed to get my XLT under 30 pounds with some part switches over the years.
Easton carbon bar and seatpost
Race Face stem
Lightweight Terry saddle
XT 11-34 casette
Easton AM Havoc wheelset.
Pano Rampage front tyre
Maxxis Ignitor rear tyre (these tyres aren't lighter but they have improved the ride heaps)
I've been waiting for the old XT crankset to die so I can upgrade that too but it is still as good as new. Tough stuff.
I mainly ride it on light AM with no drops over 3 feet. I have ridden a lot of bikes in the last 5 years and the Jamis stacks up very well.
19" 2004 XLT 3.0 - 28 lbs complete
Bought a 2004 XLT 3.0 frame (19") off Ebay from Rbikes.com in 2005 ($599) and built up with following parts:
Swapped TALAS shock for RP3
2004 TALAS RLC fork
Cane Creek ZS-2 headset
Thomson Elite stem
Monkeylite carbon bar
Ruffian lock-on grips
XTR 9-spd rapidfire shifters (old generation w/ gear display)
SDG Bel-Air ti saddle
Thomson Elite seatpost
Salsa Flip-lock seat collar
XTR front derailleur
XTR short-cage rear derailleur (M952)
XTR 11-34 cassette
Sram PC-991 hollowpin chain
Juicy Carbon brakes
Spinergy Xyclone Disc wheelset
Salsa ti Flip-Off skewers
Velox rim strips
Panaracer greenlite tubes
Kenda 2.1 DTC Nevegal tires
Titec Micro bar-ends
Carbon headset spacer
Specialized Turbo Pro wireless computer
Lizard Skins chainstay protector
56-piece ti bolt set (replacing frame, headset, stem, seatpost, seat binder, brake, bar-end, F derailleur, R derailleur, crank, shifter bolts - shaved 1/4 lb )
Comes out to 27.5 lbs w/out accessories, 28 lbs complete - not bad for a 19" beast of a bike. Next upgrade will be Chris King/Revolution/alu nip/317 disc wheelset - will shave another 1/3 lb of rotating weight, mostly at the rim (Spinergy rims are boat anchors). Would buy Stans Olympic rims to shave another 100g, but already have the wheelset, aside from the hubs. Might get the fork/shock pushed in the future also. Anyway, perfect ride for the local trails/backcountry rides up here in Anchorage, Alaska - couldn't be happier. Best part is the joy of finding stuff on sale ($3600 invested, $5500 retail) and satisfaction of building it by hand.
Hey, I didn't see that rock there."
2005 black xlt 19" frame - 34.4lbs
2005 black xlt 19" frame
just put on a thompson x-4 stem & easton ea50 bar (25.4mm)
Fox Vanilla R
Hayes Nine brakes
SRAM 7 shifters
seat bag w/ritchy tool, tube & patch kit
34.4 pounds - I'm not much of a weight weenie as I'm 200 lbs and any minor shavings will be in the fractions of percentile difference - besides I need the work out!