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Is the weight of a downhill bike an issue when riding WB?

Aug. 13, 2018, 9:09 p.m.
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Once a liftie girl made a comment my bike was heavy. As I didnt overly like the comment, I just responded 'thats what I have'.

Technically she was right, my 2014 Norco Aurum is about 39.5lb. But I like this bike a lot, and I dont think it is a problem. Am I wrong? Does the weight slow my progress? Would I be able to clear larger table tops on a lighter bike?

Aug. 13, 2018, 10:40 p.m.
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It is less fatiguing to have a lighter bike, assuming everything else is the same.

That said, when your Aurum came out there were many Norco pro’s clearing every jump you know about now, easily.

That said, if you rode a crank with a 28.99mm spindle, those jumps would melt away.

Aug. 14, 2018, 12:18 a.m.
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I think it will cost a lot to get your bike weight down enough to have a noticeable difference while simultaneously being strong enough to survive bike park abuse. 39 pounds sounds good to me.

Aaron Gwin's YT DH rig weighs 34 pounds, but shockingly Rude's Enduro (non DH) weapon weighs 33. I think you're fine.

Aug. 14, 2018, 10:05 a.m.
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My old Divinci DH bike weighs a ton but I only ride the park a couple times a year.

Sure soaks it up with the 888's on the front.

I have a blast every time I go out on it so it works for me, thing is bombproof.

Trick is not to demo a new DH bike, it will make yours feel like shit.

I ride bikes to meet women.... Mostly nurses.

Aug. 14, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
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I think Orange are making a DH bike with what looks like bottle mounts under bottom of the down tube low down so one can add weight. Heavier bikes will not be deflected as easily as a lighter bike when it’s choppy. Just like super light skis can be skittery in choppy crud. I see no real disadvantage to a heavy bike in the park. Within reason of course. No one needs a 60 pound Banshee anymore.

 Last edited by: andy-eunson on Aug. 14, 2018, 2:07 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Aug. 14, 2018, 2:31 p.m.
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I actually find the stability of weight a benefit when jumping rather than a negative. Definitely feel twitchier on my trail bike on Dirt Merchant even when running DH tires on it. Dont sweat the weight.

Aug. 15, 2018, 7:22 p.m.
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Thanks for the comments, looks like I'll do just fine on my Norco Aurum. Cool.

Aug. 15, 2018, 9:57 p.m.
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I had a Giant Glory that weighed close to 45lbs thanks to 888 coil fork + Marz coil shock, old Mavic 729 disc rims etc. When I got my Aurum (weight 35lbs with pedals) I found it slightly easier to clear jumps but maybe it was just easier to carry speed on a better bike/650b wheels? It wasn't night and day but it was noticeable. Tech trails was a bigger difference but that's because the bike was so much better in every way = go faster... my gut feeling is 5lbs or even 10lbs on a DH bike probably doesn't make much of a difference jumping unless you weigh like 120lbs.

39lbs is probably average for a DH bike as well. Rare to see one much under 35lbs unless it's running lighter tires.

 Last edited by: grambo on Aug. 15, 2018, 10:02 p.m., edited 1 time in total.

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