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    Is it worth loosing 2lbs?

    I am trying to loose some weight of my "race" bike. I was thinking of turning my SS back into a geared bike. I weighed the 2 frames and the HT frame is about a 1.5-2lbs lighter than the FS with the rear shock. I know race courses makes a big difference but in general which is better a FS bike or a HT(-2lbs)?

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    If your race courses are rough enough that you'd have to frequently stop pedaling your hardtail to ride out cobble or root carpets, that's where a FS bike can gain you time as you can pedal and keep the speed up through those sections. If the courses are smooth and just have some bigger obstacles here and there so you can generally pedal a hardtail all the time, then the hardtail is likely faster.

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