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    Kona Blast

    A friend of mine just bought a 05 Blast and she was complaining about the weight, I looked on kona's site and the blast is 30+ pounds, which is really heavy for a hard tail. Anyway I was wondering if any blast owners or any xc riders knew of enexpensive ways to lighten it up.

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    Replacing the discs with V brakes would help. Cheap discs can be heavy.

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    30 lbs is not that heavy

    If you were to weigh most manufacturers in that price range the Blast would not be that heavy. I bought my son a 04 FireMountain and trust I picked up many brands and gave them the comparison weight test. The Kona was definately lighter than most. Hell my 7 year olds little 24" wheeled Specialized HardRock is about 27.5 and that was a lot lighter than most kids bikes out there. Saving weight is an expensive proposition. It would be cheaper and more sensible to trade it in on a Caldera or better yet a Kula! It's really bits of the entire package that adds up. A few ounces here, a couple there. To save a few pounds you may as well replace the bike. Personally I think the disc brakes are worth the weight they may add. Just my .02
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeopardDog
    Personally I think the disc brakes are worth the weight they may add. Just my .02
    Yeah, I agree. The all weather performace of discs is far better than V's.

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    Those shimano mechanical discs are heavy as is the fork. Swapping to hydro discs and a lighter fork would easily shave 2 lbs off, but those are expensive upgrades. The tires that come on those bikes are also heavy, around 900 grams each. Switching to a light weight knobbie or semi-slick can easily shave almost 2 lbs off, and thats rotating mass. Tires are a lot cheaper to replace.

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    Coping with weight too...

    I just bought a Kona Cinder Cone weighing in at 28.1 pounds. My previous bike was 24 pounds and it's a noticeable difference. However, I love the hydrualic brakes and the weight seems only a problem lifting it into the SUV. Still, I'd like to lighten it some. I thought of the tires, going to Kevlar bead. I was also thinking of the seatpost. The crankset is also a possibility.

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