How Could I Save Weight

Discuss light weight issues concerning mountain bikes & parts.

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weightless
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by weightless

Hi All,

I am pretty keen on getting a new bike, but just wanted to explore how I might go about reducing the weight of my Orange Crush as an alternative. This is the specification:

http://www.orangebikes.co.uk/archive/2009/crush

A lot of the components aren't present in the listings, so just wanted to get some thoughts for where the obvious weight/£ savings might be?

I was thinking:

1. New wheelset, including tyres - something like Stans ZTR Arch Ex?
2. A move to a singlespeed / 1 x X setup.
3. Pedals?

AdyM
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by AdyM

Arch wheels seem to be a little out dated, not that heavy and quite narrow internal diameter. So personally I would look for something wider. Moving to a 1x set up will shave off around 400-500g, and be very cheap. Also the weight of tyres can make a huge difference but really depends on terrain/riding style. Switching to a carbon handlebars/seatpost/lighter saddle is another good way of shifting grams cheaply.

mattr
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by mattr

Your link doesn't actually work, it goes to the Orange home page........ For me anyway. But. Must of the crushes, even the top spec shiny ones, are seriously weighty, it's a sturdy frame with long forks on it. Built for crashing through rock gardens.
It's never going to be an XC bike.

On the plus side, anything decent you put on it is going to reduce the weight, lots.

Marin
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by Marin

Saving an amount of weight that you actually feel while riding will be more expensive than a new bike, or will impede the functionality too much (like going to superlight XC race tires etc).

TheRookie
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by TheRookie

Not at all true......

For me the link goes to a homepage as well, can you post the specs properly.
Impoverished weight weenie wanna-be!
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weightless
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by weightless

Apologies, worked out the link...

It needs a forward slash on the end:

http://www.orangebikes.co.uk/archive/2009/crush/

weightless
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by weightless

Any thoughts based on that spec?

mattr
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by mattr

Sell and start again.
Even with the lightest bits you can get the frame is still a tank built for crashing through stuff, and built around a long fork.

TheRookie
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by TheRookie

Do you want a light bike, or just lighter than that with the same hardcore useage?

Plenty you can do on that to make it a lighter hardcore HT, 1x gearing is the first obvious step, lighter stem and bars can be had and the seatpost is another obvious one, especially as on that you shouldn't be in the saddle all that often, lighter weight folding tyres are also a good move and get some lighter weight tubes in them, an easy 1-1.5kg there without reducing it's effectiveness.
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airsky
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by airsky

I would prefer to buy a new bike with all the components to be of lighter weight.

droid1973
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by droid1973

Personally I don't think 1X drive train is worth it. Keep both chain rings and loose weight some where else

TALEO
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by TALEO

1 x11 is great, i would never go back too a double

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by DanW

^ Ditto

TheRookie
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by TheRookie

I'm not particularly fit, but cope just fine with a 1x9 transmission, I could fit an expander ring if I wanted either a lower first or taller top gear (with larger chainring) but most the time it suites me just fine.
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