How much does your 160mm bike weigh?
My 2012 Patriot is about 32-33 lbs with Van180 forks, 1×9, CCDB coil shock – thompson post+stem. Formula RX brakes.
The main weight savings are in the Easton Havoc wheelset and a set of Minion EXO tyres set up tubeless. Still got 2.5 tyres, and big hit performance, but not a lot of weight 🙂
Tried it with a Float RP23 shock, so lost a fair bit more, but was a bit of a trapdoor feeling – shock was off an alpine 160, so likely needed a different tune to handle the extra leverage.
My Five is now pushing 30lbs – just got a Marz 44RC3 ti fork on there – first ride about to commence this PM..Posted 5 years agoHob NobMember
I built mine with a view in mind that although light, it would last. So far it’s done 2 Mega’s, a load of uplift days, some DH races, all sorts of trail riding, some enduro races etc – so pretty much everything.
No issues with anything. The only thing I do when riding DH, racing or going to the Alps is chuck a set of dual ply tyres on it.
To be fair, where I live, i’ve been having more fun riding DH on it than I have my DH bike – so I sold it. Will be racing this next season instead 🙂Posted 5 years agotpbikerMember
What gadgetry is everyone using to weigh these exactly? Bathroom scales are no good for the job surely?
Having said that my 31 lbs seemed a bit light so I double checked my scales, they weren’t calibrated correctly…doh. Now reading 33 lbs, which seems a bit more accurate.
So once I’ve stuck on my alpine tyres it’ll be over 34, and thats with air shocks both ends.Posted 5 years agorandomjeremyMember
I have 203s on the front of mine, even though it really doesn’t need it. Reason being, it means the brakes can be working incredibly badly yet still stop me
That’s a good idea, pretty much the same reason I run a 203 up front – it never hurts to be “overbraked” and the weight penalty isn’t massive.
I’m really liking some of the builds on here. Do you think there is a trend towards having one do it all bike these days? Certainly for me getting rid of my XC bike and my DH bike was a good move. The XC bike was constantly being repaired and although excellent uphill was a nightmare on rough stuff, and the DH bike was so specific that it was useless outside of an uplift day. All I do now is stick some big tires on and maybe soften up the fork to go on uplift days/Alps holidays, life is sweet.Posted 5 years agojimjamMember
Seriously doubt you can build any 160mm bike under 29lb and keep it strong/stiff.
Which begs the question, why would you want a weak build on a long travel bike?
No, it’s pretty easy. Still not cheap but far from impossible. Getting it under 26lbs whilst keeping it strong and durable would be more of a challenge.
Strength and stiffness are relative terms of course but most 160mm carbon frames and am components are very very stiff these days and pretty strong.Posted 5 years ago
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