Q: I’m wondering about the weight of the bikes (complete) the professional freestyle riders have. I’ve got a pig of a Diamondback. What’s a respectable frame only weight?
Second to a bike shop, we probably handle, ride and evaluate the largest variety of bikes of anyone you will have a direct line to in the world, so here are a few facts we base all of our weight opinions on. Before anything else, consider bikes are on average five-pounds lighter then they were just five years ago, and they are stronger, so no matter what you choose to ride, if it is new, it is an upgrade. For the average complete, we consider anything 25lbs or less to be light and for frames, anything 5lbs or less fits the bill for the lightweight label. We know you are all turning your noses up, expecting 19lb completes and 3.9lb frames, but for a bike or frame built for “all around” riding and selling for a reasonable price that’s just not realistic. If that’s what you are looking for, then you had better have a lot of cash and a very clear view of what type of riding you want to do, but when you are talking averages and a moderate price range, those two weight are easily attained through most of your favorite brands.