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    what kind of frame is it?

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    The SS I just finished building up last night, with every single part hand picked, probably weighs 31 lbs or so - don't sweat your bike's weight if it works for you.
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    Is my bike too fat?

    Having looked at all the pictures of your lovely bikes and read about how the little they weigh I thought I would weigh my SS on my LBS's digital fishing scales and it came out at ....... nearly 29lbs! I should point out that I ride mostly XC on it and it doesn't feel heavy when its being ridden, if you get my drift. There's no really heavy duty stuff on the frame, but no super lightweight stuff, either. Should I worry about this? Am I starting to get obsessive? Anyone got an SS that weighs more (that would make me feel a lot better)? Or has my bike eaten all the pies?
    ps the frame was going cheap on e bay and it rides like a dream

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    Its a Mountain Cycle Rumble S/1 - looks like this

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    It cracks me up when people worry about how much their bike weighs. How much do you weigh? More than a couple pounds overweight? If so, start there Seriously, if it feels right to you (rides like a dream), that's all that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave
    It cracks me up when people worry about how much their bike weighs. How much do you weigh? More than a couple pounds overweight? If so, start there Seriously, if it feels right to you (rides like a dream), that's all that matters.

    -d
    luckily I'm a lanky streak of pi55, talking of which, it's worth remembering that the difference in weight between a lightweight and a medium weight bike is probably roughly the same as a good crap before going riding. Not that I've ever weighed poo...

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    Its a Mountain Cycle Rumble S/1 - looks like this

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    If you bike rides like a dream does it really matter how light it is? The only difference losing weight will make is that you can accelerate faster, and feel lots o bumps.

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    Slightly OT, but the subject reminds of some friends. True story, no lie. They're slightly overweight, hetersexual guys working out at Gold's after work. The vain friend looks at himself in the mirror during lifts and asks the other, "Do these shorts make my a$$ look fat?" Response: "No dude, it's your a$$ that makes your a$$ look fat."

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    I think I'm feeling the pressure from all that advertising that we get exposed to - like some sort of bike anorexia. Shiny things are so nice though, aren't they? Incidentally I picked up one of those new fangled Scott Genius things the other day and It was loads lighter than my bike, with gears and full sus and all. The wheel on it died the other day, though

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    Well my gearie weighs 21.25 (granted that's with a rigid fork)

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    I need to weigh my SS once I get all the mud off it.

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    OT message for Lucifer re his parts wanted list: check this out

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    Quote Originally Posted by robkhoo
    OT message for Lucifer re his parts wanted list: check this out

    Yeah we have a whole thread going about that auction in VR&C
    They were the best tires ever but 100 bucks each used is absolutely ridiculous.

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    Mine weighs at least that much

    Quote Originally Posted by robkhoo
    Having looked at all the pictures of your lovely bikes and read about how the little they weigh I thought I would weigh my SS on my LBS's digital fishing scales and it came out at ....... nearly 29lbs!
    Hmm, here is my Steelhead, I raise the seat for XC, lower for DJ and semi-FR.

    I built this primarily for DJ and FR, which I totally suck at, but I'm finding that it is really fun to ride XC on it.

    I think of it as weight-training. 32x18 and at least 30lbs.
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    Good man! I'm not feeling so bad now - any more lard ass XC bikes out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robkhoo
    Having looked at all the pictures of your lovely bikes and read about how the little they weigh I thought I would weigh my SS on my LBS's digital fishing scales and it came out at ....... nearly 29lbs! I should point out that I ride mostly XC on it and it doesn't feel heavy when its being ridden, if you get my drift. There's no really heavy duty stuff on the frame, but no super lightweight stuff, either. Should I worry about this? Am I starting to get obsessive? Anyone got an SS that weighs more (that would make me feel a lot better)? Or has my bike eaten all the pies?
    ps the frame was going cheap on e bay and it rides like a dream

    I've got a custom Spicer SS that weighs roughly 33 pounds. I hardly ride it now that I like my 29ers so much, but when I did ride it I didn't mind the weight...but my friends all made fun of my pig. I weigh 150 pounds.

    Sorry that you have to look at my ugly mug along with the bike, but it's the only photo of the bike I've got handy.

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    Nice looking bike qtip! Bring on the chunkers!

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    Spicer

    Quote Originally Posted by qtip
    I've got a custom Spicer SS that weighs roughly 33 pounds. I hardly ride it now that I like my 29ers so much, but when I did ride it I didn't mind the weight...but my friends all made fun of my pig. I weigh 150 pounds.

    Sorry that you have to look at my ugly mug along with the bike, but it's the only photo of the bike I've got handy.

    <img src ='https://gallery.mtbr.com/uploads/mtbr/234565/scott_bike2small.jpg'border=5>
    Jesus, you ARE ugly. Baha, just kidding. Thats one beautiful and probably very expensive bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robkhoo
    Having looked at all the pictures of your lovely bikes and read about how the little they weigh I thought I would weigh my SS on my LBS's digital fishing scales and it came out at ....... nearly 29lbs! I should point out that I ride mostly XC on it and it doesn't feel heavy when its being ridden, if you get my drift. There's no really heavy duty stuff on the frame, but no super lightweight stuff, either. Should I worry about this? Am I starting to get obsessive? Anyone got an SS that weighs more (that would make me feel a lot better)? Or has my bike eaten all the pies?
    ps the frame was going cheap on e bay and it rides like a dream

    i've never actually weighed my ss but i would guess that my ss weighs at least 1/5 of my body weight. maybe a little more. granted that means that my ss weighs about 21 lbs but think of it in terms of proportion: if i weighed 185 and my bike was 1/5 my body weight it would weigh 37 lbs. so, if you weigh around 150 and your bike weighs 29 lbs you're pushing the same proportion of you weigh up the hill as i am.

    rt - isn't math fun?
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    rt,

    Although the math is correct, reality is somewhat different. For example, weightlifters are able to lift 3 times their weight - but only in the lightest of categories. As they get heavier, that ratio drops dramatically. Super heavyweights are lucky to do 1.5 of their body weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    rt,

    Although the math is correct, reality is somewhat different. For example, weightlifters are able to lift 3 times their weight - but only in the lightest of categories. As they get heavier, that ratio drops dramatically. Super heavyweights are lucky to do 1.5 of their body weight.

    By the way, I love your avtar. I love cats!
    i squat almost twice my weight and i weigh 135

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    rt,

    Although the math is correct, reality is somewhat different. For example, weightlifters are able to lift 3 times their weight - but only in the lightest of categories. As they get heavier, that ratio drops dramatically. Super heavyweights are lucky to do 1.5 of their body weight.

    By the way, I love your avtar. I love cats!
    i squat almost twice my weight and i weigh 135

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    i've never actually weighed my ss but i would guess that my ss weighs at least 1/5 of my body weight. maybe a little more. granted that means that my ss weighs about 21 lbs but think of it in terms of proportion: if i weighed 185 and my bike was 1/5 my body weight it would weigh 37 lbs. so, if you weigh around 150 and your bike weighs 29 lbs you're pushing the same proportion of you weigh up the hill as i am.

    rt - isn't math fun?
    I like that theory - does this mean that if I put on weight I can bolt more heavy stuff onto my bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    rt,

    Although the math is correct, reality is somewhat different. For example, weightlifters are able to lift 3 times their weight - but only in the lightest of categories. As they get heavier, that ratio drops dramatically. Super heavyweights are lucky to do 1.5 of their body weight.

    By the way, I love your avtar. I love cats!
    i squat almost twice my weight and i weigh 135

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    Is this some sort of men's support group or something? Knock it off !

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    group hug xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by robkhoo
    I think I'm feeling the pressure from all that advertising that we get exposed to - like some sort of bike anorexia.

    LMAO! aha, ha, ha, ha. That's the funniest thing I've read all day. Is this kind of like penis envy? Size matters?
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    Next thing, you'll be having 'cute attacks' over the new '96 bike models. Cut it out, dammit !

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    Idea! OT - Ano red Mavic front wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Yeah we have a whole thread going about that auction in VR&C
    They were the best tires ever but 100 bucks each used is absolutely ridiculous.
    off-topic (sorry), but your e-mail doesn't work -
    if you get this and you're interested, let me know (my e-mail works!) -

    - Anodized red Mavic 32H rim w/ silver Spot hub (& Mavic quick release) -

    I'm gonna go ride now...

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    My reason for liking a light bike...

    Sometimes I go places where I have to carry the bike across boggy bits or carry it up hills.

    There is also no excuse for a unsuspended single speed bike weighing more than 25 pounds. In the 1890s and early days of the 20th century the sports bikes weighed well under this weight with no aluminium. They were robust enough for cross continental travel on unmade or non existent roads, and they carried heavy loads while doing it.

    Modern technology should be producing much lighter bikes at no premium in the price.
    "The man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest" Henry David Thoreau (obviously a single speeder)

    "...everytime you throw something away your load gets lighter..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by robkhoo
    ... it rides like a dream
    What's the question?

    p.s. My SS weighs approximately 27lbs and it's perfect.
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    Turns out, I weighed my Steelhead and it is 33lbs. Lots of fun on the Vail DH runs, although it did beat me up. Also, rode it in GJ/Fruita this weekend and I did ok with 32x20 gearing on Zippety and Chutes-n-Ladders. I suffered at the Tabeguache trail road / Holy Cross, had to walk 2/3 of the climbs.

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    Exactly!

    Originally Posted by robkhoo
    ... it rides like a dream
    What Mr. Bob says:
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bob
    What's the question?

    p.s. My SS weighs approximately 27lbs and it's perfect.
    I have no idea what my bike weighs but I bet it's somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds, give or take a pound or two. It too rides like a dream.

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    My Spicer is 32lbs and counting.....

    If I get mud on it.

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    My Single with Diamondback beater frame built with an old SID weighed in at 22lbs with nothing careful on the parts pick. I'm 140+ and love it.
    Nevermind the fact my Full-sus shifter bike is only a pound heavier.

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    It's easy to squat twice your weight at 135.

    Quote Originally Posted by cjh_mtb
    i squat almost twice my weight and i weigh 135
    My bro weighs 160 and squats almost 400. I weight 190 and I'm lucky to put 320 up. It gets tougher as you get bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    rt,

    Although the math is correct, reality is somewhat different. For example, weightlifters are able to lift 3 times their weight - but only in the lightest of categories. As they get heavier, that ratio drops dramatically. Super heavyweights are lucky to do 1.5 of their body weight.

    By the way, I love your avtar. I love cats!
    well, there is that power to weight ratio but i was ignoring that.

    nevertheless, it's interesting to think about it from the rider to bike weight perspective occasionally.

    thanks. i tried to coax my own cat into that get-up but somehow she refused.

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    I finished my Rumble today, it weighs..

    28 pounds but it feels lighter when I ride it.
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    My SS is right at 24 pounds...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    28 pounds but it feels lighter when I ride it.
    Nice bike
    Built up my Rumble a few months back and it's just soooo much fun to ride; and like you said it feels lighter when you ride it

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    My Niner SS weighs 24lbs

    in a size large. If you like it, ride it! Think of how much stronger you are getting!

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