How To Build a 19lb Mountain Bike – Texas Company Announces New 19lb Bike Build Program


San Antonio, Texas – Sage Cycles, a Texas based online retailer of  bicycle parts and accessories, and also known for building uber lightweight bicycles, has announced a new program for those seeking the elusive 19 pound full suspension XC mountain bike. The promise of the 19 pound mountain bike has been around for years. Each year different bicycle manufacturers release early pre-production models that are touted to be the next great lightweight mountain bike. However, when the actual production models come out, most consumers are sadly disappointed when they build up their bike and find that it actually weighs 22 or 23 pounds. Rick Morris, a Cat 1 mountain bike racer and owner of Sage Cycles, knows the frustration of fellow riders and racers and has designed a program that will guarantee the weight of the bike before it is built.

Building a 19 pound full suspension mountain bike that is actually ride-able and race-able is not easy says, Rick. There are many factors that need to be considered when building up a bicycle like this. Every bicycle part that goes into the build must be considered for lightness first, then durability. After all, a lightweight bike that is not reliable would not make a very good race bike. Each bicycle component is weighted and matched to the bicycle and the rider that will be using the bicycle. Only bicycle parts and accessories from major manufacturers are used to build the lightweight bicycles so that if a part needs to be replaced, it can be easily located. The basis for the 19 pound bike build is the all new 2009 Scott Spark frame and includes 4 ½ inches of suspension travel.

Sage Cycles offer 2 programs.

19 lb Program – Riders Up To 180lbs
This program builds on the Scott Spark RC carbon frame and includes tubeless tires and wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, and lots of carbon fiber. This super lightweight bike build is guaranteed to weigh in at 19 pounds with pedals.

20 lb Program – Rider Up To 200lbs
This program also uses the Scott Spark RC frame or optionally the Scott Spark 10 frame and includes tubeless wheels and tires, hydraulic disc brakes and lots of carbon fiber. The bike is guaranteed to weigh in at 20 pounds and will be ride-able and race-able for a rider who weighs up to 200 pounds.

Sage Cycles has a huge inventory of bicycle parts and accessories for building up lightweight mountain bikes. Almost every member of the staff is actively involved in bicycle racing and most importantly, cross country mountain bike racing. So, they know what works and what doesn’t work. Rick Morris, has been racing mountain bikes for over 10 years and is still racing almost every weekend. His bike weighs in at 20lbs and is usually the star of the show whenever he goes racing. A photo of his current race bike can be seen here. Although a complete bicycle parts list for his build is not available, the photo shows that all of the of the bicycle parts are standard off the shelf.

Contact: Rick Morris

source: Rick Morris

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