Making my Mountain Bike lighter — Introduction
Starting point for making my mountain bike lighter project
When I bought my Trek Superfly 8 second hand in Fall 2016 it was mostly stock. Back then I didn’t really care about the weight of the bike, as long as it rode well all was good. It wasn’t until the beginning of January that I finally got fed up with the bike feeling so sluggish and heavy. That’s when I decided to start making the bike lighter. Here’s a picture of the setup I used to have in January, the bike used to weigh 14.2 kg or 31.3 pounds at the time. That is really heavy for a Cross Country hardtail, even with an aluminum frame. Granted, quite a bit of the extra weight came from those heavy studded tires and bar mitts.
What’s the point of this project and what have I learned?
The main idea of this project is to see how much weight is possible to lose off the bike with a very reasonable budget. I’m a student, so I don’t have enough resources to buy a new Carbon frame, Carbon wheelset and all the bells and whistles. That’s why I ended up using lots of cheap Chinese made parts and got to test them in real life. It’s thanks to this project that I could write reviews on multiple different components (you can find them in Reviews category if you are interested in some specific components used in this project). Ever since I started in January I have also gained lots of experience with working on bikes and maintaining them, again thanks to this project.
Also, because the bike gets ridden every week I needed to focus on making the bike practical as well. Light weight is nice, but functionality and comfort are far more important. That’s another thing I learned. It’s not worth overdoing it.
If I caught your attention, feel free to check out other posts about this project.