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    Weight weenies. Your thoughts.

    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.
    Last edited by gks333; 04-11-2013 at 08:59 AM.
    2015 Pivot Mach 4. XX1, Guide ultimate, NOX wheels, Next SL, KS LEV integra dropper. 24.56lbs

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    You always get arguments from both sides. I think you summed it up with "...enjoy it to it's fullest...", the argument your going to get is that the lighter parts don't make the experience any more enjoyable. Of course that is subjective and pertains to what your goal is. Do you want to be fast? Enjoy the outdoors? Keep up with your friends? Get into better shape?

    All things being equal, a lighter bike is faster.

    If I were in your shoes, I'd spend the money on a) a coach b) a road bike and some rollers for the garage or c) somebody to mow my lawns.

    I personally spend my extra 'upgrade' cash on my coach and a road bike to train on. But YMMV!

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    Omg gks... how many threads are you going to post the exact same post?

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    To quote the ex girlfriend of ex Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong...

    "if it makes you happy, it can't be that bad"

    It's your life/money, do whatever you want with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    To quote the ex girlfriend of 7 time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong...

    "if it makes you happy, it can't be that bad"

    It's your life/money, do whatever you want with it.
    fixed proper.

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    Life's too short to ride stuff you dont want to, if you can afford to replace what you break then go for it.

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