What he said but is cheaper for you to loose the weight than buying expensive parts to cut some grams off.In general it would depend on your current body weight and your bike's current weight. If you weight 200lbs, 5lbs is a 2% weight reduction. If your bike weighs 30lbs, 5lbs is 16% reduction in weight. In this scenario, you'll notice the bike's weight loss more.
Lol, true!It does matter. If you weighed more you would be slower. If your bike weighed less you would be faster.
That's how I first understood it.When you say "five pounds off your body" do you mean losing body mass, or taking gear off your body, like using bottle cages instead of a pack?
My Osprey pack loaded with 3 liters of water and a few tools weighs about 7 pounds!
Maybe.Does not matter. And in any event, 5 pounds is 2 minutes per hour maximum, even if you spend the whole time climbing.
I think everyone automatically assumed XC (except for me of course, since I'm highly advanced like that).why not both? If you plan to race XC and do well you need light bike and good power/weight ratio. Usually that means less body weight as most people can stand to lose a few lbs.
I didn't assume the OP was talking about XC racing at all.I think everyone automatically assumed XC (except for me of course, since I'm highly advanced like that).