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    light hardtail

    I'm looking for a new bike.
    Currently riding a Trek 8000.
    It weighs 26.5 pounds with a Rock Shox SID front fork.
    Not interested in 29ers - so 27.5.
    Not interested in full suspension.

    I want a hardtail that weighs under 25 pounds.
    I am 5'9'' and weigh 140.

    I ride mostly cross country (5-8 hour rides) and tight singletrack.
    I don't mind the lack of rear suspension on techy descents.

    I want a light bike for around $2500.

    Any suggestions?

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    For what its worth, i've loved my cannondale FSI. had a flash, that got stolen then got a 2016 FSI Carbon 2. i bet you could pick one of these up on closeout or lightly used in your budget. its a 29" so unless that completely rules it out, i'd seriously look at it. 21 lbs and snappy as hell. read the reviews- everyone gives it kudos for responsiveness and agility even in 29". get the medium though. i'm 5'10 with gangly arms and legs and went with a large and regret not trying a medium before i bought. seems large for me, but i've gotten used to it.

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    Specialized Epic Carbon Hardtail is a nice looking ride. Not sure if it is sub-29 though.

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    That's easy. Most used carbon hardtail xc bikes are going to be at least that light and smaller wheels will help too.

    I ride a kona king kahuna from 2012, which was their first 29er carbon hardtail. Not a super light frame, mid-range build, weighs 23lbs even with pedals and bottle cages.

    Norco, KHS, giant, scott, all have 27.5 carbon XC bikes off the top of my head.

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    DEAN sells refurbished Ti hardtail frames for $1000. I bought a 27.5 for my wife. Build it exactly how you want it. You have to call them to see what they have. https://www.deanbikes.com/closeout
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    Why no love for 29? Seems like all the light hardtails right now are 29. For where you live and ride 27+ might be pretty good. I've ridden that Oat Hill chunk ... 27+ could be good on less traveled and chunky trails.

    Giant XTC Advanced 27+ should be around 23ish lbs and on end of season clearance at some point, maybe right in your budget.
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    Santa Cruz makes a carbon 27.5 hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLCMunchie View Post
    get the medium though. i'm 5'10 with gangly arms and legs and went with a large and regret not trying a medium before i bought. seems large for me, but i've gotten used to it.
    I'm the same size and went with a large, got a 0 setback post and shorter stem and have been super happy. I have long legs + short torso so I usually have to figure out where I want to compromise. Might be worth playing trying out (I got the stuff to swap stems if you need help.)
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    A buddy rides an Intense Hard Eddie that can't weigh more than 21 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    I'm looking for a new bike.
    Currently riding a Trek 8000.
    It weighs 26.5 pounds with a Rock Shox SID front fork.
    Not interested in 29ers - so 27.5.
    Not interested in full suspension.

    I want a hardtail that weighs under 25 pounds.
    I am 5'9'' and weigh 140.

    I ride mostly cross country (5-8 hour rides) and tight singletrack.
    I don't mind the lack of rear suspension on techy descents.

    I want a light bike for around $2500.

    Any suggestions?
    21lbs and it's even a 26". Bet you could get it for $2500 or less. Parts spec is a bit of a mutt though, needs a M980 crank and some custom wheels IMHO.

    https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2235855/

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    Transition's hardtails are now carbon. Looks fun. Yes, there's a 27.5. You could probably build it up super light, but not have stupid race geo.
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    You could also consider a Ti hardtail, $862 for the frame, and with some very careful parts picking you could build it up for under $2500 and have it be 23lb or so.

    https://lynskeyperformance.com/2017-mt-27-5-frame-only/

    CRC also has a variety of cheaper all mountain hardtail frames that you could build up with really good parts:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/u.../rp-prod152976

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