any idea what my frame weight is? GT

Discuss light weight issues concerning mountain bikes & parts.

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LowMach
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by LowMach

I have a 1999 GT richochet 7000 series AL 16" frame and wondering why my bike is so freaking heavy?

I've replaced the fork, wheelset etc..... Still one heavy bike!

Of course I could weight the frame w/ out components, but I'm lazy like that.

Anyone have an idea what this frame weighs? I'm trying to decide what to do next....

thanks
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yoko
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by yoko

What do you mean heavy, is it when you carry it or when you're riding it?

A list of your bike's parts will help a lot for us to know where you need to start dieting the bike.

If it feels heavy while riding it, most probably your wheelset is on the heavy side.

LowMach
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by LowMach

Hi Yoko-

Well the bike is heavy while carrying. I mean I was unloading my bike and
some others out of the auto and I noticed mine was the heaviest.

So I started looking to shed some weight:
after a wheel change(mavic x222/xt hubs) and fork(sid xc) I'm at 26 lbs

the following stuff is:
avid single digit v brake system
titec bar
azonic orc stem
lx shifters and de-railers
xt 9 speed cassette
250gr specialized seat
stock seat post
lx cranks
stock bottom bracket
s & m bmx pedals

I would like to shed about 3 more pounds and I'm wondering
if a frame change could get me headed in the right direction?

I've noticed most of the hardtail frames are listed at less than 4 lbs on the
listing site here, but frame is not listed. If my frame is say 5lbs then I want to pick up a lighter frame.

I suppose to figure out my frame weight I could start with my complete bike weight
and start subtracting all the other items.

Anyways any advice would be appreciated for this biking newbie on a diet.

8-)

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Frankie - B
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by Frankie - B

Hi, I have got two GT's. A Zaskar and the latest addition to the gt collection: a 20" Backwoods. The frame is made from 7005 Al. I think it is the same type of frame as yours. The frame weighs without hanger and brake studs a nice 2.2 kilo's.

So yeah, you could say that when changing the frame you could loose lots of grams!

I'm building up my zaskar as a WW project. it is going to be sub 9 kilo!
'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'

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Tippster
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by Tippster

Titec pork rinds grips - potential to lose 100g over stock grips at minimal cost

Maxxiss flyweight tubes approx 85g each. Potential to save 150g over stock tubes at minimal cost

lightweight tyres - depending on terrain and mud etc - a 350g to 400g tyre (conti twister super sonic or Nokian NBX lite) will save you potentially 400g over a standard mtb tyre set.

Dusted74 bolt-on skewers? cheap ($35 posted) and likely save you another 100g (ish)


Upgrades above could shed approx. 750g for a cost of around £100 UK


tuning from here is going to hit the wallet a lot harder. With a more complete bike spec it would be easier to make suggestions. . .
"Ride it like you've just stolen it!"

LowMach
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by LowMach

Thanks for the input!

I have an inexpensive 3.5 lb frame on the way and I will get the
grips, tubes, tires mentioned to shed some weight for low cost.

I'm looking forward to getting some nice riding in this weekend
and I hope everyone else here does as well.

8-)

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Tippster
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by Tippster

3.5lbs is a tidy weight if it can be had at a cheap cost.

thats around 1,588g yes?

roughly saving you 612g.



hope it rides well . . .
"Ride it like you've just stolen it!"

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by Frankie - B

over a 20" frame

Sorry i had to post the pic. I love Gt's to much! :roll: :oops:
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'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'

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