Reducing rotational weight

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5/16/2019 8:31 PM

Just after solid opinions on the difference of cutting 1+ pounds going to foldings?

Some days bike just feels like a fucking tank and wondering if this might help.


5/16/2019 8:46 PM

$36 innertubes, light rims , ti spokes , light tires. park kid shit, not good for street


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5/16/2019 9:07 PM

Yeah I hear that.

But I can literally cut 1.1 LB off the bike with just a pair of new treads, and want to know if people find that to be a noticed change to their ride?


5/16/2019 10:05 PM

For me it was definitely the case. Went from 2.3 Fit FAFs to 1.95 folding Maxxis tires like 3 years back and haven't gone above 1.95 since. The size of course made a difference, but the fact that they were folding was probably the biggest factor.


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5/16/2019 11:04 PM

You want something durable for street, especially if you grind a lot. I’ve had bad experiences with lighter tyres, and that was from just riding around.
Budget dependent, look for a lighter wheelset. And lighter cranks make a pretty big difference


5/17/2019 1:15 AM

Yeah considering going with the mirage 2.35 to replace these generic 2.4 65psi deals


5/17/2019 1:56 AM

Maxxis Grifters are strong enough for street riding and grinds ...


5/17/2019 4:29 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/17/2019 4:30 AM

Not sure what tires you are using but yeah, just a thinner tire really helps the "feel". I went from 2.4's to 1.95 Maxxis Grifters & never looked back. The bike, instantly, felt more agile and "light" (I didn't really change for an actual weight savings... more for the "feel").


5/17/2019 6:19 AM

streethack wrote:

Yeah considering going with the mirage 2.35 to replace these generic 2.4 65psi deals

The Mirage are very good tires, I'm picky about my tires and they ride fast and are pretty light. 21.7 oz for the wire bead 2.35 is good, and you can save 2oz if you can find the folding versions. They are made by Maxxis. Puncture resistant too.


5/17/2019 8:32 AM

I'm also curious about rotating weight. The Maxxis Grifters will save you 1lb but how I'm sure it feels like 5 when you're up in the air. Just a guess though. If anyone wants to share their experiences I'm all ears.


5/17/2019 11:04 AM

I dropped a LOT of rotational weight when I went to Demolition Momentums. Not great for rough stuff grinds though.


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5/17/2019 12:16 PM

I prefer at least a folding tire on the back wheel because the bike feels more balanced to me (and hops are easier) - but folding tires on both wheels are better.


5/18/2019 8:22 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/18/2019 8:23 AM

Tapping your brakes just before you spin will help a lot


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5/18/2019 8:29 AM

Bro if you ain't running 48h porn hubs to triple wall Alex Supras you ain't riding a real bike


5/18/2019 2:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/18/2019 2:17 PM

If you dont wana go crazy spending, 16" tubes, double butted spokes, folding tyres Maxxis or khe, if moneys not an issue ti spokes ti spindle alloy axles or ti but alloy cheaper and lighter. rotational will always make the biggest difference over static weight, once you've sorted out rotational then pick at static.

Something that can help tremendously while increasing fitness and strength without spending much, deadlifts, squats and bench.


5/20/2019 9:38 PM

Appreciate the info thanks


5/20/2019 10:37 PM

GSport Birdcages with titanium spokes



5/21/2019 5:38 AM

any decent tire is going to fell epic compared to some of those OEM 35oz+ rubbers some bikes come with.


5/22/2019 5:50 AM

I’m thinking of getting alloy nipples. But I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone that isn’t confident with truing wheels as they strip fairly easily if you over tension the spokes. Very cheap, and save a fair bit of weight for the price