- riding a heavy bike all the time'
Not as an only bike but my xc bikes are a marin quad 140 35lb and a 456 summer season 32lb, I've only just found out how heavy they are and am interested to try a lighter bike if I can but I have them both for the geometry they're built with and downhill ability. Doesn't seem to slow me down any with my group of friends.Posted 7 years agoBoshMember
Up until last week I rode a heavy bike for most things. Spesh 06 enduro with a coil. 38lbs. Heavy cos I'm heavy (21 stone) but just replaced with a heckler which feels just as solid but not in the same class of 'heavy'. Also got a summerseason which comes in at 32ish lbs which I wouldn't call light for a HTPosted 7 years agobravohotel9erMember
Commencal Ramones 2 (2010)
Long travel 'hardcore' hardtail on Pike 454 Coil U-Turns.
At 31.5 lbs I'm not sure whether it counts as really heavy, but I guess that's quite a lot for a hardtail.
It's certainly no XC whippet rocket, but then I don't like that type of mountain biking at all. It's amazing on the trails and for the downs/light freeride/North Shore I'd pitch it against any other hardtail on the planet.
The frame is just ridiculously strong.Posted 7 years ago_tom_Member
My trailstar is about 32lbs I think. Used to use it for a bit of everything but I have a road bike now which is lightning fast in comparison. I think riding a heavy bike with slow tyres helped to build up the fitness a bit. Still use the Trailstar for everything off road, something lighter might be nicer for climbing but I don't think I'd have any faith in it for downhill and jumping.Posted 7 years agogeetee1972Member
Used to ride around on a 36lb bike – a spesh enduro with a coil and full dh build because that's what I also used it for. It's fine if your relative fit but after a while you really start to notice the drag of the weight over singletrack where the bike just doesn't pick up speed so well. Currrently riding a Nicolai (you know the one) and weight is down to 30lbs. But for DH days it will go up to over 36lbs again with a coil damper and dh wheels/tyres.Posted 7 years ago
I weigh 105kg so I need something strong though so I'd not go lighter than this.juliansMember
I ride a 2005 enduro, it weighs ~33lbs and is my only bike.
I dont find the relatively heavy weight a problem, I'm generally last to the top of a hill, but thats probably more to do with my lack of fitness than the weight of the bike.
Having said that , I'd make it lighter if I thought I could do so without sacrificing the way it goes downhill, but I dont think I can do that, so I'll keep it as it is.Posted 7 years agooxforddanMember
Yep ,rode a couple of patriots for a few years – xc , trail and light down hill. My first one was coil with dual crown forks. Even did the london to brighton ride on it with 2.5" tyres. I weigh 15.5 stone so found it all relative. Got a orange strange 5 now with a coil – I have built it up to 36 lbs and can ride it all day – doing the Afan monster on it in a few weeks!Posted 7 years agojuanMember
Well since my HJ has been fubared and is waiting for me to polish it and varnish it, I have only what is normal weight down here (14 ish kg). I can ride it all day everyday. My swithc use to have 2 sets of wheels, getting the weight from 14.5 to 17.5 kgs. Riding the heavy set for more than a couple of hours was very tiresome. But then I am half ton's weight too.Posted 7 years agopitcherproMember
I'm the same as julians , one bike 08 pitch pro and last weighed in at 33lbs ride it to work everyday and local stuff .
I only notice it being a bit porky compared to friends bikes when on long climbs , but is usually out in front on the fun bits 😉
My bike weighs more but i weigh less than others so not that bothered! Just enjoy riding .Posted 7 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
I weigh 9 stone bang on, & recently bought a Marin 140mm Wolf Ridge that comes in at 32.6lbs.
Not my only bike 'cos i have an 04 Mount Vision that weighs 26lb & i've been riding that for 6yrs.
I'm fitter & stronger than i was a few yrs ago & i honestly believe that had i bought the WR 3 yrs ago i would have hated it. However, as my fitness progressed so did my ability so now – whilst i'm still cr@p – i can now cope with the weight of the bike on the uphills. OK, its never going to win races but i can keep up with my mates or even beat some of them on the climbs & i find it very ridable on techy single track etc.Posted 7 years agonicolaisamMember
Used to ride my Nicolai FR which was about 35/36 out all the time,Including 20+ mile xc rides
Got a Nicolai ION which is 40+lbs and i ride it to and from my local spot its about 3 miles each way,Its ok on the flat and going down,you can feel the weight on the climbs.Posted 7 years agoSpacemanMember
I used to use a 42lbs Banshee Chaparral with Boxxers on it for everything as I could only afford one bike and it had to do everything up to and including DH.
It did climb very well for it's weight so wasn't too much of a bind on longer rides. It was so much better than my mate's G Spot that weighed about 7lbs less but bobbed like **** when sat down pedalling and had a slack seat tube that put you over the back wheel when the seat was up.
As I've put on weight since I broke the Banshee, my all up weight now is more on my 26lbs Prince Albert than it was back then, so I don't think bike weight is really that much of an issue!Posted 7 years ago
reason i am asking is…….today i had a go on a 18lb hartail.Posted 7 years ago
on a offroad footpath in a park over tree roots and down a couple of steps.
how do people ride bikes that are so light, it felt terrible, it felt like if i stood up to pedal that the frame would snap.
surley the power a good racer puts thru the pedals causes a shed load of flex on a frame so light.
and god knows what the thing would have felt like riding down anything rocky.
my ventana weighs 36lb and seems pretty light and nippy to me.Big DaveMember
For the last couple of winters I've done most of my road riding on a Thorn Sherpa touring bike. I've no idea how much it weighs but I suspect some fully sussers are lighter. I ride it because it is dependable and handles well in bad weather but I think it does make riding my lighter bikes a more pleasant experience when the weather improves.
I'd like to say it improves my fitness (big hills + heavy bike = greater strength) but I think I cancel out any benefits with beer…Posted 7 years agoAndrewBFMember
Have just been outside with the weighing machine.
Orange P7 / Rohloff / Hope Tech M4 / Fox Vanilla / Thudbuster = 34.5lbs 😮
Orange G2 / Singlespeed / Hope Mono Mini / Rockshox J2 = 29lbs (y)
5.5lb / 2.5kg of way too much weight somewhere.
The difference in the two is night and day when lifting and riding. It it so surprising that 2.5kg (a Camelbak of liquid and a bag of goodies etc.) can make such a difference. That the weight on the P7 is all on the rear axle doesn't help much as the bike is so unbalanced.
Still, as mentioned above – it all helps with the fitness training 🙂Posted 7 years agoyesiamtomMember
ss inbred with fox 32 130mms = dead on 30 pounds. Thats also running a 2.4/2.25 nobby nic tubeless on hope pro/ztr crest rims.
With exotic carbon rigids it drops to about 27 pounds iirc.
Im only 10'4 but probably get closer to 11 with a full rucksack bottle etc. These two builds do all my XC and any trail centres ive been too.
I dont really notice the weight so much and actually tihnk the fox's are more fun to ride with however on the uphills they shed so much power because of no lock out and my slight inability to climb with bouncy forks. To used to leaning on the bars and grinding as fast as possible.Posted 7 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I rode my 06 S-Works Enudro up Whites level (S Wales) when it was in full "Alps" kit. Coil shock, Fox 36 Van R's and DH wheels and 2.5 High Rollers 😀
It was about 38Lbs? and I kept up with 12 mates pretty well. mix of whippet racing snakes, skinny southerners, hardcore northern types
Thankfully I had an uplift sorted for the following day at Cwmcarn cos I was fook'dPosted 7 years agolittlegirlbunnyMember
My all day full suss is 34.5lb. It never feels that heavy and is pretty pleasant to ride uphill compared to my lighter HT.
My HT is currently 28.5lb – it's gonna be a lot heavier when I finally get round to upgrading to bolt through coil forks (I've had quite enough of air) and more substantial wheels and tyres.
Does it bother me? Not really, I can keep up with the guys I ride with easily enough on the up's, and the weight penalty is well worth it to have a bike that descends well.Posted 7 years ago
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