If you’re going to be taking your mountain bike around the country lifting it in and out of your truck. You’re going to want a mountain bike that you’re capable of lifting. With modern mountain bike frames transitioning from the old steel bikes to aluminium and carbon frames. Mountain bikes are getting lighter and lighter.
Taking into consideration the three different frame materials, frame size and wheel size the average mountain bike weighs just over 30lbs.
Full suspension mountain bikes tend to be heavier than a hardtail purely down to the extra suspension mechanism. But the three different frame materials play a big part in the average weight. With carbon frames being the lightest and steel frames being the heaviest.
Although I have no scientific explanation and this stat can vary for each individual person. The average weight a person should be able to lift at waist height is between 35-40 lbs. And all of the bikes we’ve looked at are below the 35lbs mark. This is just putting into perspective how heavier some bikes actually are.
Steel Framed MTBs
Steel framed bikes have recently over the past few years started to phase out. With the overall cost of bike parts coming down in price this has made more competition which is good for the consumer because higher-quality bikes are being produced. And because of this Aluminium frame bikes are becoming the norm.
From the two that were picked out you can see the average weight is around 32lbs for a steel-framed mountain bike.
- 31lbs – JAMIS DRAGONSLAYER PRO
- 33.39lbs – Trek 820
Aluminium Framed MTBs
There’s a lot to choose from…
Aluminium frame bikes are pretty much make up for the majority of bikes sold today. You can find them from prices as low as $200 all the way to $2000+.
With the average weight coming in around 31lbs which is just slightly under the steel-framed bikes.
Although it must be said that due to the large price difference for aluminium frame bikes. As you start getting to the higher end of the price range there are a lot more components added to the bike which ultimately increases the weight.
- 30lbs – 2020 Polygon Siskiu D7 Dual Suspension
- 31.3lbs – Polygon Siskiu T7 Dual Suspension
- 31.75lbs – JAMIS KOMODO SPORT 26+ BIKE
- 27.5lbs – JAMIS EDEN EXPERT 26+ BIKE
- 35lbs – Gravity 2020 FSX 1.0 Dual Full Suspension
- 32lbs – Merax 26″ Aluminum 24-Speed
- 33.4lbs – Diamondback Bikes Atroz 2
- 33lbs – Diamondback Sync 3.0
- 31lbs – Cannondale Catalyst 4
- 30lbs – Diamondback Line
- 28lbs – Salsa Timberjack SLX
- 30.5lbs – Mondraker Vantage
- 32lbs – Salsa Redpoint NX1
- 31lbs – Diamondback Mission
- 32.2lbs – Ghost Kato FS
- 31.79lbs – Fuel EX
Some carbon bikes are extremely light. But they also come at the price of a few thousand dollars. From the ones we’ve looked at the average carbon framed mountain bike is roughly 22 lbs. Which is a bigger jump between the weight of aluminium to carbon as it was between aluminium to steel.
- 25.7lbs – Diamondback Overdrive Comp
- 10.2lbs – Diamondback Cobra
- 16lbs – Santa Cruz Stigmata
- 26.02lbs – Top Fuel 9.8
- 23.06lbs – Supercaliber 9.8
- 28.99lbs – Slash 9.8
- 28.53lbs – Remedy 9.8
Why are mountain bikes that heavy?
When you think of how heavy mountain bikes are. There are a few main components that make up this weight. This includes wheels, rims, frame, handlebars, gears, pedals, and any suspension mechanisms that it may also have.
When you think about it that way listing all the part you can start to see why mountain bikes weigh around 30lbs.
Especially when you start to consider any upgrades such as disc brakes instead of the standard linear-pull brakes. As well as with added extras such as rear-mounted racks and any performance add-ons such as dropper seats.
If you’re looking for a lighter bike closer to the 25 lbs mark. Then, unfortunately, you’re probably going to have to look at the carbon ranges. Which aren’t cheap.
Alternatively, you can make alterations to some of the parts of the bike to make them lighter from the manufacturers stock components. Although you must check to see if this does void your warranty.
Can you make a bike lighter?
One of the main components that are easy to change is the rims. Some of the cheaper mountain bikes will have steel rims which can be really heavy.
You can buy alternate rims online or at your local bike shop (probably better because at least you’ll know they fit before you buy). You can swap the steel rims for some aluminium rims to lower the weight. Or even upgrade them further to carbon rims which is the lightest you’ll be able to go.
Lighter rims definitely will help improve your speeds when climbing steep inclines.
Although slightly more difficult you can change your handlebars. You’re able to get carbon fibre handlebars and front stem to reduce the weight. This is, however, a more difficult job as you’ll need to rewire the brakes and make sure they’re assembled back together properly and safely.
You can pretty much change all the parts on your bike for aftermarket parts to reduce the overall weight of your mountain bike.
From reducing the number of gears to changing the pedals, seat and seat post.
To even changing the actual frame of the bike.
Should you care about the weight of your MTB?