Here's an £1,100 hardtail Marin that weighs 28.2lbs... really Marin? Really? Does nearly 20 years of development really lead to something that's more expensive (allowing for inflation) and considerably heavier than a my steel Kona, despite using aluminium and plastic? Agreed it'll be a little stronger and have more travel, but the brakes won't be much better than my retro HS33s.
an £1,100 HT Giant that weighs 29.6lbs and is hailed for it's lightness! Amazing.
This is a better offering from Cannondale, at 25lbs. And here's a Boardman
that's got it right. We all know it's possible, and we all know these rigs are tougher than they used to be, but they COULD be so much more.
The point is not just that modern bikes seem heavier, but that they COULD be cheaper and lighter than they are (and shout about it), especially considering how far materials tech has moved on. I'd have thought 24lbs should be the low-mid-range for HTs by now, and £1k should easily get you an aluminium crosscountry HT in the 20-22lb range.
'03 Cannondale Jekyll & '00 Cannondale F500
Previously: '97 Cannondale F1000, '94 Kona Lava Dome, '03 Cannondale F800, '99 Marin Mount Vision, Custom Brand-X, '97 Marin Monocoque, Custom Merlin Hardtail, Falcon Stealth, Raleigh Grifter, Raleigh Burner