So, I have noticed on the forums every now and again this hate or disgruntlement toward weight weenies or people buying expensive parts. Here are my thoughts.
If you don’t have the time and don’t revolve your life around MTB’ing why not compensate your lack of physical stamina with less weight to pull around on the trails?
I ride single track XC trails here in the pacific northwest and am currently training for my first race (a 30mile XC). I weigh 160lbs and do not huck at all. Largest drop I see is maybe 2ft once or twice a year so light weight parts need not worry with abuse from me.
I can only afford to go out about once a week for a 2-4hr ride due to work, commitment to the navy reserves, what seems like never ending yard work projects and family (wife and 2 kids).
I have the money and want that 2-4hrs to be as enjoyable as possible and still want to somewhat keep up with the people I ride with.
I have spent about $1500 in the last 3 weeks on weight reduction parts for my 2009 Pivot mach 4 with XT/XO group set. My bike currently weighs 26.21lbs before I add the following parts next week.
Stans crest 26” wheel set
SRAM XO XG-999 cassette
Forte Carve SPD pedals
Alligator serration rotors
Sella itallia SLR XP slow
Shimano XTR M980 chain
Professional bike fitting ($150)
And some new shoes, Diadora escape 2
All were on sale.
The old adage goes “don’t upgrade, go up a grade”. This is very true but if your lifestyle does not permit or MTB’g is not the highest priority but you still want to enjoy it to its fullest with your current lifestyle and obligations…wheres the crime?
Would like your thoughts on this.
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