Taking it to the limit: Removing material
is typically a terrible idea for dropping
weight from a bike, but there’s an exception to every rule. The Delta 7 bike uses
a carbon lattice design that even takes
most of the frame tubing out of the
Know your limits: Saving weight on a bike is a good thing, but it’s going to cause reliabil-ity issues if you take it too far. Even downhill guys use double-crown forks for steering
precision and two-ply tires for flat protection. Choosing the best place to drop weight is a
Pick the right rotor size for your bike
Picking the right rotor size is easy: the smallest one that
will give you enough power without overheating is the right
Remove your bottom bracket after washing
Water gets trapped in your frame after washing it with a
hose, even if you’re not using a pressure washer. Pulling the
bottom bracket from time to time to drain it will not only save
a bit of weight, it will save your frame and bearings.
Know your bike’s component spec
Knowing your bike’s component spec makes it easier to
make the right choices for upgrades.
Use tubeless systems
Tubeless systems don’t save as much weight as you’d think,
and most of the benefits are actually in how they improve ride
quality and prevent pinch flats.
Think about the whole package
Think about you and your bike as a whole. It’s easier to
lose a couple pounds by eating smart than it is to spend
money on new components. It’s even easier to not bring 5
pounds of water on a ride that’s only going to be an hourlong.
Don’t use a big rotor because it “looks cool”
Sorry, but overkill doesn’t look cool. If you’re not riding
a downhill bike, you probably don’t need an 8-inch pie
plate to slow you down.
Don’t refuse to wash your bike
It’s a mountain bike, and it doesn’t have to be sparkling
clean to work. But never cleaning your bike shows you
don’t care about your ride. Take the time to wash your
favorite machine once in a while.
Don’t go for the flashiest upgrade first
Bike manufacturers often skimp on components that
can’t easily be seen on the shop floor, like cassettes and
bottom brackets. While it’s flashier to upgrade from an XT
to an XTR derailleur, there’s a bigger reward and lower
cost to upgrade from that entry-level cassette to an XT.
Don’t use “about the right amount” of sealant
When you go tubeless, be sure to use the right amount of
sealant—and no more. Most sealants come with a measuring cup, and you should use it religiously. Just pouring and
saying, “That looks about right” will almost always add a
couple ounces to your wheels.
Don’t overlook your shoes and pedals
Shoes and pedals are rotated and lifted roughly 4000
times during a normal mountain bike ride. Even a few
ounces can make a huge difference. ;
THE DOS THE DON’TS