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BIKE 10/2012

Technology forum

Weight tolerance new bike

As the price and the weight of a new bike strongly depend from one another and as the delivered bike often brings more weight on the scales, I would like to know, which weight deviation is still acceptable? 

Reply by Dirk Zedler, bicycle expert

Unfortunately, no judgement relating to the world of bicycles providing clarity in this point has come to my knowledge. From my point of view as an expert, not all mountain bikes can be thrown into one pot. The deviation of one kilogram for an ultra-light cross-country racer made of carbon is in my opinion inacceptable. In the case of a freerider with 18 kilograms it is, however. But two kilograms would be too much in this case, as well. It should, however, be considered that normally manufacturers weigh the smallest sizes in a condition that is not ready for use and indicate the measured weight in the catalogue. This means, the bike is weighed without pedals and bottle cage. Further accessories that many bikers mount, e.g. bicycle computers, pumps and saddle bags, are also left aside. My tip: Take note of the real weights of the BIKE tests and take the scales with you to the cycle shop.

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