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I'm not really a weight weenie but after recently finishing up my Karate Monkey I had to weigh it... not bad considering I used alot of "parts on hand"... but not super great either. Keeping in mind that I purposly did not go super light on the wheelset for longevities sake on our local rocky and rugged terrain. There are a few parts that I could easily go lighter on if money were no object. However, I built it to be a nice reliable ride, not a super light purpose built race bike.

What's the going weight for a daily ridable 29er SS that does'nt cost a fortune? Mine currently weighs in at 25 lbs. on my super accurate bathroom scale.
 

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How about a 33 lb 26er? That's what you get when you convert an '06 Hardrock.

I would love to shave a few pounds for sure, but I don't think it's too much of a hindrance. I suppose my tune may change if I were to ever get my hands on a new bike.
 

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I've got a bang-for-the-buck/weight weenie Redline Flight 29er at 20lbs that I race, but I used to ride it around daily until I got a Raleigh XXIX. On the Raleigh I added Gordos, Big Apples and 3 piece BMX cranks to bring the weight up to 32 lbs.
 

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My Moto Outcast 29er comes in at 26# with some upgraded parts such as stem, handlebars and seat post. Not bad but I'm sure I could shave off a few more ounces if I went to some different tires and hubs but for the money I like it where it is.
 

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Need to weigh my Mary....stock is supposed to be 27.5 lbs, but I swapped the bars (Easton EA50), stem (leftover Specialized 90mm, 31.8mm clamp from 2008 Rockhopper 29er), grips (Lizard Skin Charger Lock-Ons), saddle (WTB Devo), and pedals (Kona Wah Wahs.) I'll post back after checking on the shop scale.
 

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Apparently my 29er SS weighs 25lbs but I don't believe it. Maybe it is all that wheel weight and frame weight but I don't know. KM frame, L, Surly hubs, 2.0 spokes, 32h Flows, tubeless XDX, On One Carbon, Ti Titec stem, Moots post, WTB Devo Ti, XTR M970, WI 18t Trials FW, H-bars, SD7 levers, GP1 Superlight Ergons, Eggbeater SL. It feels light.... but I9s and a Ti frame would be nice...
 

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My Brodie Unibomber is not that heavy, somewhere between 20 and 25 pounds. No suspension and Avid Ultimates help a lot.
 

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I just put one off those fancy plastic forks on my Soma, and now it weighs under 22 lbs. With it's original steel fork it was closer to 23.5 lbs, which is what my Karate Monkey with a Reba weighs. Both are 16".

Tire choice came make the weight fluctuate over a pound, but can also help insure you aren't taking your bike for a nice long walk in the woods.
 

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On-One Scandal, carbon fork 29er at 9.69kg or 21.3lbs
 

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Man, I guess KM's are just sort of tanks. Like I said, I built this thing to be a reliable ride but I would like to get it in the 23.5 - 24 lb. range. I paid attention to the weight of the parts I did buy, that I could afford, but some of the stuff I already had I was already stuck with so I used them for now.

Here are my specs...

Surly KM 16" frame and chrome moly fork
WTB Speed disc rims, Surly hubs, 2.0-1.8-2.0 DT spokes
Racing Ralph 2.4 front tire
Kenda small block 8 rear tire
Race Face forged square taper crank with 30t stainless chainring
SRAM 971; 9 speed chain
Shimano 18t freewheel
Crankbrothers Eggbeater SL pedals
Race Face Turbine square taper bottom bracket
Race Face sealed headset
No Name stem
Race Face Evolve XC alloy handlebar
Shimano XT brake levers
ODI mushroom grips
short titec bar ends
FSA carbon seat post
WTB Devo chro mo. seat
Avid BB7 160mm brakes



Any ideas on how to shave some ounces off of this thing?
 

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Norris_Hanna said:


Any other ideas on how to shave some ounces off of this thing?[/QUOTE]

The frame, fork, and wheelset are very heavy. I'd look to upgrade the wheelset first. Don't waste your money now on upgrading little things like the stem.
 

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Yeah, that's what I said when I started this build, but now the obsession begins...
I let go of that a long time ago... my riding has never been about speed. I like to take the scenery in. As long as its fun, do your thing.
 

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Norris_Hanna said:


Man, I guess KM's are just sort of tanks. Like I said, I built this thing to be a reliable ride but I would like to get it in the 23.5 - 24 lb. range. I paid attention to the weight of the parts I did buy, that I could afford, but some of the stuff I already had I was already stuck with so I used them for now.

Here are my specs...

Surly KM 16" frame and chrome moly fork
WTB Speed disc rims, Surly hubs, 2.0-1.8-2.0 DT spokes
Racing Ralph 2.4 front tire
Kenda small block 8 rear tire
Race Face forged square taper crank with 30t stainless chainring
SRAM 971; 9 speed chain
Shimano 18t freewheel
Crankbrothers Eggbeater SL pedals
Race Face Turbine square taper bottom bracket
Race Face sealed headset
No Name stem
Race Face Evolve XC alloy handlebar
Shimano XT brake levers
ODI mushroom grips
short titec bar ends
FSA carbon seat post
WTB Devo chro mo. seat
Avid BB7 160mm brakes



Any ideas on how to shave some ounces off of this thing?
The red looks better on the KM than I imagined it would.

FWIW - my 08 Black KM is 24.5. No WW going on here, solid, fun peace of mind.

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My 04 C'dale 1FG is right at 23.5lbs (stock everything but Juicy 7s). A decent wheelset, crankset, tubeless tires, and maybe the new Niner EBB shell should shave a good deal of weight, CF bits even more.

I think 25lbs for a steel 29er is very respectable, but a new wheelset (tubeless) will go a long way, maybe not on the scale per se but in feel; if I were in your shoes (which I'm not...), I'd go tubeless first, grab a nicer/lighter wheelset, swap to hydraulic brakes (lighter weight, and better performance IMHO) and a carbon fork. Not necessarily all at once, but over time. Ultimately you'll be able to get the weight down to your goal...
 
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