looking to build a fairly light steel bike,any idea on who makes a decent bike?also doesnt necesaarily need to be a new frame.i have a RockyMountain Blizzard right now but was told that its close to 5 lbs.
I found this one on ebay. I sold some of the parts that came with it so I have about $75 in the frame. It weighs in a 1759g, not true WW but I think it is acceptable. It rides like a dream compared to the cheap Al. frame it replaced. I built it up with an older SID and XTR952 parts off of eBay, Craig list and local MTB pages. All the cable, tires, chain, fork oil, fork seals and bearings on the bike are new. So even though they are older parts it all functions great. Stuff is a little out dated but still works great. Total weight is right around 10.12 kg. That is not really true WW but not to bad considering the total build cost I was around $850ish.
I could go lighter with a few parts but it just works great for my needs as is.
if you want something with more modern geometry (ie. for riding technical trails), i can highly recommend the Chromag Sakura. not a weight-weenie frame, but certainly weight conscious and will still take a good beating. around 4-4.5 lbs for medium.
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