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i have a new 2009 giant glory dh
what can i do to make it lighter and stronger
size XS, S, M, L
color Team Blue/Black
frame ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum, 8.8" Maestro Suspension
fork Fox 40 RC2, 203mm travel
shock Fox DHX 5.0, Coil
handlebar Race Face Diabolus DH, 31.8mm
stem sunline direct mount
seatpost Race Face Evolve DH 300x30.9mm
saddle WTB Devo Team
pedals Not Included
shifters Shimano Saint Rapidfire, rear only
front derailleur MRP G2 guide, Custom for Giant
rear derailleur Shimano Saint, top normal
brakes Shimano Saint 203F/180R
levers Shimano Saint
cassette Shimano Saint 11/28, 9-speed
chain Shimano HG-93
cranks Shimano Saint, 38T
BB Shimano Saint, External
rims Mavic EX729
hubs Shimano Saint, 32H
spokes DT Competition, 14/15g
tires Michelin Hot S, 26x2.5
 

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Titanium coil. Lighter bars, seatpost, cranks, and rims. For the post, you can go with a Thomson, strong and light. Cranks... Saint is pretty burly. You can go lighter with something like the Atlas FR, but you will be sacrificing a bit in terms of strength. With rims, you can go with the lighter 721s... but you'll also be sacrificing strength. You can probably drop some weight in the cassette with something like an Ultegra (or Dura Ace if you have money to spend). If you're running the 4 piston Saints, there are plenty of lighter brakes out there. The Elixir CR is pretty light and performs quite well.

You can check out lighter tires and tubes.
 

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well first off you should pick a size instead of riding every frame size haha. jk.

2010 Boxxer WC
RCS Ti spring
Sunline V1 bars
Thompson Elite seatpost
Sunline V1 seat
Wellgo Mg-1 pedals (if you ride flats)
Get some lighter rims like 5.1's

These suggestions are based on if you want to lighten up your ride and want better parts IMO.
 

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Lighter and stronger is a cliche of the industry. You have to balance the amount of abuse you put on the bike with it's amount of weight.

If you're racing and have lots of money, build it light. If you need it strong, build it tough. It's a balancing act, especially when you're considering your wheel build. Everything Will said is on par...
 

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS said:
take a pro training class and be a better rider.....it is way cheaper then buying lighter parts
+1 to that!

Not part on the stock Glory will hold you back unless your name is Sam Hill, Gee Atherton, Brian Lopes, Steve Peat, etc.

Paying for some professional training is not only cheaper but it will makes you faster.
 

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If you're asking that question, then it means you should really be asking "What can I do to make myself a better rider" I've never met a pro or semi pro who didn't know exactly what they wanted their bike to do and how they wanted it setup. Thats a ridiculously sold build right there, that a pro rider could rock and enjo. Go rip it up and don't worry about weight. Eventually when you want to start cutting it down, you'll have more experience and know good options. Sciklines has great weight info, FCLinder has posted great instructions for cutting weight, I've posted good instructions for cutting weight, and there is lots of good tips in the "post your glory" thread in the giant forum.

Will
 

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If you make the engine that propels your machine lighter, your gonna be faster, however you will be weighed down by all the cash in your back pocket.
 

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great classes

www.betterride.net

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS said:
great classes

www.betterride.org

2009 BetterRide Camps

Jan 9-11 Phoenix, AZ Women's Mountain Bike Camp 2 of 7 spots open

Jan 16-18 Phoenix, AZ Mountain Bike Camp 5 of 7 spots open

Jan 23-25 Phoenix, AZ Cross Country Race Camp 2 of 7 spots open

Feb. 20-22 Boulder City, NV Mountain Bike Clinic 7 of 12 spots open

Feb. 27-March 1 Boulder City, NV Women's Downhill Camp 8 of 12 spots open

Mar. 6-8 Atlanta, GA Women's Mountain Bike Clinic 12 of 12 spots open

Mar. 13-15 Atlanta, GA Cross Country Race Camp 10 of 12 spots open

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Apr. 3-5 Fruita, CO Women's Mountain Bike Camp 11 of 12 spots open

Apr. 10-12 Fruita, CO Mountain Bike Clinic 10 of 12 spots open

Apr. 17-19 Fruita, CO and Western, UT All-Mountain Bike Camp 12 of 12 spots open

Apr. 24-26 Boulder City, NV Downhill Coaching Session 12 of 12 spots open

May 1-3 Chalk Creek MSC

May 8-10 Fruita, CO Women's Mountain Bike Camp 12 of 12 spots open

May 15-17 Denver/Lakewood Mountain Bike Camp 12 of 12 spots open

May 22-25 Chili Challenge, Angel Fire, NM DH Race Camp 12 of 12 spots open

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June 12-14 Crested Butte, CO Women's DH Race Camp 7 of 7 spots open

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LMAO
 

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS said:
take a pro training class and be a better rider.....it is way cheaper then buying lighter parts
Yeah but then he would actually be a good rider...He probably just wants to look sweet while going slow. It's the cool thing to do these days apparently.
 

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that build looks pretty much fine to me.

if it was mine, for personal preference i'd swap out:

deity dirt 30 bars
thomson seatpost
selle italia slr sadle or other lightweight road type saddle
shimano ultegra 12-23 road cassette
e.13 16 toof chainring
convert tires to tubeless (ghetto method with stans)
ti coil
push treatment on rear shock
deity pedals

otherwise, thats a damn fine build.
 

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in stock trim this bike is super fast.


Keep all the saint parts, any weight you may gain by selling them is marginal to the performance you will lose. The cranks are pretty light anyhow. Brakes are amazing.


Before I raced my 09 last year i added the following

Sunline V1 29" bar and boxxer stem mount

SDG Ifly Ibeam post saddle combo

MG1 pedals

Tubeless in my wheelset.

Unfortunately the glory dh is a very heavy bike (frame) So going below 40lbs really hurts your component strength. I have mine at 43 with heavy wheels and true DH tires.

For the 09' season, i have built a race wheelset that will drop 2 lbs. I coudl see 40lbs, but I dont think it is worth it. Great bike though, I love mine. Been on it since October!
 

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