There’s been some recent discussion within our circle of riders about bike weights. How important is a low bike weight to you? When does a bike become too light and the parts too weight weenie that reliability is compromised? What tricks would you consider implementing and which would you stay away from?
Extralite’s 17.26 lbs hardtail RC1 Custom
Coming from the 29er side, I start thinking compromises to reliability are being made for weight loss when I see a hardtail under 23ish lbs for XC/trail riding or a full suspension under 25 lbs. I don’t know what those weights would translate to for 26″ bikes. (I don’t think reducing gears or riding without suspension is a compromise to reliability. Rather, I think of it as a legitimate way to reduce the weight of your bike.) Of course your opinion on what a minimum weight might be different from me, but in general the aforementioned 29er weights is where the line is drawn for me. I am, after all, a clydesdale so I need to know that my components will last when I exert my MASSIVE amounts of force my body is so accustomed to delivering to my components. 😉
I, for one, have entertained running a 140mm rear rotor for my hydraulic brakes but I’m not quite ready to drop that weight for the loss in braking power. Or how about a common racer practice of screwing on only three rotor bolts per rotor instead of the 6 provided? Over two rotors on a bike, you actually end up going from 12 rotor bolts to just 6 or half of what you normally would run. But is this something you would do to reduce the weight of your bike? What about reliability?
3 bolts per rotor: too much weight weenie-ism or totally reliable?
Where do you draw your line when it comes to weight weenie-ism? Are there any particular components that you would absolutely not put on your bike because it reduces reliability (carbon handlebars, maybe?) or performance for the sake of weight? What about certain tricks that you would or would not do to go lighter on the bike?