This bike has gotten really cheap (Performance has it for 699), but I'm weighing out buying it and spending a bunch of cash to lighten it or spending more initially for a lighter bike.
GT Karakoram 1.0 29er Bike - 2011 at REI.com
I'd need a medium which weighs about 30.5 lbs.
I figure the following would get it down to about 26 lbs:
Stans wheelset: 550 (after selling original wheels)
Reba RL shock upgrade: 300 (after selling old shock)
Easton EA70XC bar: 100
Thomson post/Specialized saddle: 150
Total = 1100 + 800 (cost of bike) = 1900
Estimated weight after upgrades = 26 lbs ?
Or, I can be patient and wait for one of these Ti Motobecane 29ers to come back in stock:
SRAM X9, 3x10 Speed 29er Titanium Front Suspension Mountain Bikes - MTB - 2011 Motobecane Fantom Titanium 29er | SRAM X9 hardtail mountain bikes | Save up to 60% off list prices on new bicycles
That is 1700 and weighs 26 lbs right out of the box. Plus, I'd get a much nicer drivetrain and I could probably lighten it another pound fairly easily.
Almost seems like a no brainer to not get the GT.
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