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It seems that people are really concerned about weight in mtbking. Is it really that important if you are not racing? What is a reasonable weight for a hartail that you use 2-3 times per week 2-4 hours at a medium off road trial? Also i am a bit confused about Full Sus. too. They are heavy but then again they work great. OK they are more comfortable but from what i read heavy is more difficult to go uphill, but still FS are fine for that too:confused:
 

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Life is full of trade offs! Weight, Strength, Cost, pick any two! Heavy bikes make climbing more difficult. Suspension bikes are heavier than rigid but make decents easier. No one kind of bike is perfect for everybody. You need to find what works for YOU. What trade off are you willing to make.

Personaly, I'll sacrifice a bit of weight for 5" of suspension front and rear, gears, brakes, etc... In the past I rode a fully rigid super stiff but very light weight bike. I know guys on rigid single speeds and 29ers. I even know a guy who makes his own frames and rides a 24" front wheel and 20" rear wheel. We all have fun and thats the important thing. Ride what YOU like and have FUN!
 

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The only thing with weight is that the lighter the bike the easier it should be for the rider to propel it. For me, I have a lot of rider weight to lose before the weight of my bike really becomes an issue ;)
 

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The only thing with weight is that the lighter the bike the easier it should be for the rider to propel it.
True but to reduce the weight you will most likely sacrifice durability and or pay a small fortune. You can't have everything.

Take a tire for instance. A light weight tire has thiner sidewalls and is not as durable as a heavier but more durable tire. Not to mention that the thiner light weight racing tires will not provide the same level of traction and comfort as a fat, heavy freeride tire. Are traction, durability and comfort a sacrifice you are willing to make for the weight reduction?
 
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