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I weighed my 2001 Trek 4500 hardtail today on the bathroom scale (which is pretty accurate) and it was 30lbs. I was a little surprised as I thought it would be in the mid 20's. I'm sure the Tora 318 solo air adds quite a bit of weight.

I'm not having any issues climbing though and I'm not bothered by it's weight.

I've seen quite a few FS much lighter than my hardtail.

Is 30lbs for a hardtail considered heavy by today's standards?
 

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Its an entry level hardtail, its pretty much what its supposed to weigh. I have a tora also, its supposed to be a little less than ~5lbs. Higher end trail forks weigh around 4lbs. Its all the components adding up to that weight, not just the fork thats tipping it.
 

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Mines a Hardrock and it weighs in at 31-32 lbs. Don't bother me
 

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30lbs is pretty typical for XC hardtails in that price range. The lower end bikes will often weigh more than that. It can cost quite a bit to get from a 30 pound hardtail to a 25 pound one, and significantly more to get into the low 20s.
 

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Not too bad weight wise IMO. I have higher end Steel and Ti hardtails with just about all high end stuff and they're still in the mid 20's. Static weight doesn't mean as much as rolling weight either. I put a set of tubeless mid level wheels on my Ti hardtail and it felt like it was a full gear or 2 faster with about the same static weight.
 

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I'm actually happy it weighs 30lbs.

My new Flite AM biking arriving next week weighs around 34lb/35lb.

Since I'm very comfortable on my hardtail, the slight increase in weight on the AM should not bother me much, if at all.
 

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Dictatorsaurus said:
Very nice.

What distinguishes AM hardtails from regular XC hardtails? The extra long travel?
Frame tube thickness, beefed up head tubes, beefed up bottom brackets, beefed up everything basically, and typically slacker head angles on AM HTs allowing you to use bigger travel forks.

edit: Vagrant is solid as hell Alex. Nice rig
 

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my old "entry level" HT the Spec P.1 AM Disc weighed about 31lbs. I wasn't happy with it. the fork alone weighed 5 lbs, upgraded that to a Recon and it dropped a whole lb.

I then sold that crap and upgraded to my current bike which weighed in @ ~25lbs stock.

5lbs is a WORLD of a difference in a XC HT bike
 

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If I want to drop 5lbs on my hardtail I need to spend LOTS of money.

The way I see it right now, if my bike is too heavy, then I'm too weak!
 

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Exactly. Trailville is right you're looking at a coupla stacks of cash to knock a few pounds off. You like your bike which is all that matters anyway.
 

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if ur cool with your bike and its weight then keep it!!!

but climbing and more technical stuff and jumps are way easier with a lighter bike ;)

and its fun spending money
 

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louisssss said:
my old "entry level" HT the Spec P.1 AM Disc weighed about 31lbs. I wasn't happy with it. the fork alone weighed 5 lbs, upgraded that to a Recon and it dropped a whole lb.

I then sold that crap and upgraded to my current bike which weighed in @ ~25lbs stock.

5lbs is a WORLD of a difference in a XC HT bike
Well yea, but you're comparing an AM to XC in this post... Getting another 5lbs lighter would cost $$
 
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