- New Bikes – why so expensive, and heavy
This has been bothering me for a while. £2.5-3k for a bike seems commonplance these days. That’s a lot of cash. Anyway, my gripe is that bikes in this price range and above are actually that light. As I shelled out money to make my bike lighter it dawned on me that in total I’ve spent about £2,500 on my 5 Spot – it weighs 25.9lbs, with pedals, mud and a bottlecage. I got the frame 2nd hand for £500 – so add £1k and I’d be at £3,500, buying stuff retail, bit by bit. If I’m paying retail and can build a bike at 26lbs for £3.5k just how much mark up is going on in the bike business? Does anyone know?Posted 7 years agoStuey01Member
Stumpjumper carbon, £3549 and 26lbs.Posted 7 years agopastcaringMember
cos most bikes aren’t built to be xc whippets?Posted 7 years ago
this was under 28lbs when built i could of gone lighter for the same amount of cash, but i’d rather a stronger build. it probably weighs nearer 30lbs now i have changed the shock and fork, but rides better imo
weight isn’t everything…
My old FS was just over 27lbs with nothing too posh – XT & SLX bits, Thomson Post & stem, Carbon bars, Hope Hoops and 130mm QR Revs
My new one is 29lbs with XT/Deus, bigger Elixir Brakes, Joplin 3, EA70 Monkeylites and the same wheels.
You knows whats, it climbs just as well by descends a whole lot better and is way better on fast single track.
Sure it could be lighter by a pound instantly by swapping the post, bars & stem to Thomson and Carbon Bars, but hey. Who really caresPosted 7 years agoloddrikMember
Tbf the turner isn’t the lightest frame out there.
As for not trusting a trail bike which is sub 26lbs, what a load of bollox. My epiphany is prob sub 25lbs now, supposedly one of the best full sus frames out there, with 150mm forks up front, certainly not designed for towpaths…Posted 7 years ago
KINGTUT – Member
“I wouldn’t trust a 26lb full suspension bike on anything much more than smooth singletrack”
Ha ha ha ahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, oh my.
i reckon he’s got a point akshully. i find light bikes feel really sketchy on anything difficult, especially if there’s wheels-off-the-ground action, or rock-tech.
if i know i’ll be pissing around on jumps or tricky rocks i’ll put my heavy wheels on. not because they’re stronger, but the extra weight helps make the bike less nervous.Posted 7 years ago
I have to agree – now those wheels on my Turner are very light and beautiful; but they are flexy and don’t suit my inelegant riding style. Now, for those dissing sub 26lbs bikes for big boings go to the Ibis site and see Brian Lopes doing some mad things on a Mojo. I don’t know if that bike he’s riding is 26lbs, but the frame sure looks up to the job.Posted 7 years ago
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