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Mountain Bike Weight | Average weights & Weight charts

When I was researching mountain bikes, I wasn’t sure if the weight of the bike mather and why more expensive mountain bikes aren’t much lighter than less expensive ones, and I really needed a comparison of the more popular bikes regarding weight.

Unfortunately, I could not find such a comparison and if you buy a heavier bike it is costlier to upgrade in the future. I was asking myself what is the average weight of a mountain bike and what is considered to be too heavy.

The average weight of a hardtail mountain bike is 26.95 lbs / 12.22 kg and the average weight of a full-suspension mountain bike is 29.22 lbs / 13.25 kg, while the average price is 2687.9$ for hardtails and 4749.8$ for full-suspension mountain bikes.

In this article, I will compare the most popular mountain bikes regarding weight and I will disclose with you the weight averages of hardtails and full-suspension mountain bikes. At the end of this article, you will know how much you will need to spend to get a light mountain bike or an average one. So keep reading!

Does Weight Really Matter on Mountain Bikes?

The weight of the mountain bike is a decisive factor when sprinting and on uphill portions of the ride, the maximum speed is not influenced by the bike weight. The lighter the bike is the easier is to go uphill and the faster you reach the maximum speed when accelerating.

Mountain Biker

For road bikes, the weight of the bike is one of the most important features of the bike. In road bike competitions you need to sprint to get ahead of your competitors.

One of the best moments to leave behind your competitors is on uphill portions of the race, so you need to sprint when climbing if you want to win a road bike race. In this scenario, the bike weight is very important.

But mountain biking is different, the most important factors here are the bike suspensions and the stability of the bike on rough terrain. Mountain bikers win races by having the best time, you don’t need to sprint better than your opponents, you need to be more technical.

So you see, in mountain biking bike weight is not the most important factor, you need to get a bike with good suspensions and the best geometry for riding on trails.

This is why on downhill bikes weight is not at all important (you only ride downhill), the only thing that matters here is the bike’s capability to handle rough terrain.

The best thing you can do is not to be obsessed with the weight of your mountain bike, it is important but the quality of your bike suspension is far more important. Keep in mind that if you have a heavier bike your effort level on ascents will be greater

It is better to spend your budget on a bike with quality suspensions than on a lighter bike.

Mountain Bike Weight Averages

Because the price of an MTB is heavily impacted by the amount of suspension (sus. travel) it has, you will not see a huge drop in bike weight correlated with the price increase. Suspensions are heavy, so you need to make a compromise in bike weight to have an MTB that performs well on trails.

Now let us compare the mountain bike weight average from the most popular manufacturers on the market:

MTB mabufacturer (HARDTAIL)Avg. WeightAvg. Price
Trek27.56 lbs / 12.5 kg2163.5$
Specialized27.17 lbs / 12.32 kg2372.5$
Giant26.93 lbs / 12.22 kg2304.5$
Cannondale27.18 lbs / 12.33 kg3085$
Santa Cruz 25.93 lbs / 11.76 kg3514$
Overall Avg.26.95 lbs / 12.22 kg 2687.9$
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The average weight of a hardtail mountain bike is 26.95 lbs / 12.22 kg, while the average price is 2687.9$.

Avg. hartails weight chart
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We can see that Santa Crus hardtail mountain bikes are the lightest, but they are the biggest price tag.

Giant hardtails are the best choice from an average weight to a price standpoint.

MTB manufacturer ( Full-suspension)Avg. WeightAvg. Price
Trek29.55 lbs / 13.4 kg5300$
Specialized30.55 lbs / 13.86 kg4318.5$
Giant29.75 lbs / 13.49 kg4061$
Cannondale30.33 lbs / 13.76 kg4216.5$
Santa Cruz 25.93 lbs / 11.76 kg5853$
Overall Avg.29.22 lbs / 13.25 kg 4749.8$
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The average weight of a full-suspension mountain bike is 29.22 lbs / 13.25 kg, while the average price is 4749.8$.

Avg. full-suspension weight chart
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We have the same situation here, the lightest full-suspension mountain bikes are the Santa Cruz ones, but they are also the most expensive ones here.

The winner in the average weight to price category is still Giant, their full-suspension mountain bikes have an average weight of 29.75 lbs with an average price of 4061$, practically the lowest price in this comparison.

Trek Mountain Bikes Weight

Trek MTB

To paint a whole picture of Trek mountain bikes weights I centralized the weight of the most popular bikes in two main categories, Hardtails, and full-suspension mountain bikes and the results are:

MTB Model (HARDTAIL)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Marlin 430.82 lbs / 13.98 kg500-599$
Marlin 530.80 lbs / 13.97 kg 600-699$
Marlin 631.11 lbs / 14.11 kg700-799$
Marlin 729.70 lbs / 13.47 kg900-999$
Marlin 829.10 lbs / 13.20 kg1200$
Roscoe 633.97 lbs / 15.41 kg1100-1200$
Roscoe 730.84 lbs / 13.99 kg1700$
Roscoe 829.85 lbs / 13.54 kg2300$
Roscoe 928.95 lbs / 13.13 kg2700$
Carbon frame
Procaliber 9.525.66 lbs / 11.64 kg2200$
Procaliber 9.624.99 lbs / 11.34 kg2700-2800$
Procaliber 9.723.05 lbs / 10.46 kg4200-4300$
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The average weight of a Trek aluminum hardtail is 30.57 lbs / 13.86 kg while the average weight of a Trek carbon hardtail is 24.56 lbs / 11.46 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Trek aluminum hardtails: avg. weight 30.57 lbs / 13.86 kg –> avg. price 1261$
  • Trek carbon hardtails: avg. weight 24.56 lbs / 11.46 kg –> avg. price 3066$

If you what a lighter hardtail you need to really break the bank, on average if you what to so save around 6 pounds on a Trek hardtail you need to increase your budget by approx 1805$.

MTB Model (Full-suspension)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Fuel EX 534.61 lbs / 15.7 kg2500$
Top Fuel 7 SX31.24 lbs / 14.17 kg3000$
Fuel EX 731.92 lbs / 14.48 kg3250$
Top Fuel 8 NX30.12 lbs1 / 3.66 kg3500$
Slash 733.25 lbs / 15.08 kg3700$
Fuel EX 830.56 lbs / 13.86 kg3900$
Remedy 831.01 lbs / 14.07 kg4100$
Slash 833.15 lbs / 15.04 kg4200$
Carbon frame
Top Fuel 9.725.66 lbs / 11.64 kg4000$
Supercaliber 9.626.96 lbs / 12.23 kg 4200$
Fuel EX 9.730.09 lbs / 13.65 kg4300$
Slash 9.731.87 lbs / 14.46 kg4800$
Supercaliber 9.725.13 lbs / 11.40 kg5000$
Remedy 9.829.86 lbs / 13.54 kg5700$
Top Fuel 9.8 GX25.88 lbs / 11.74 kg6000-6500$
Top Fuel 9.8 XT26.08 lbs / 11.83 kg6000-6500$
Fuel EX 9.828.88 lbs / 13.10 kg to
29.12 lbs / 13.21 kg
5500-6700$
Supercaliber 9.8 GX23.04 lbs / 10.45 kg6500-7000$
Supercaliber 9.8 XT22.95 lbs / 10.41 kg7000$
Slash 9.831.44 lbs / 14.26 kg to
32.12 lbs / 14.57 kg
6000-7200$
Top Fuel 9.9 X0124.92 lbs / 11.30 kg8000-8500$
Top Fuel 9.9 XTR24.23 lbs / 10.99 kg8500-9000$
Fuel EX 9.927.85 lbs / 12.63 kg to
28.61 lbs / 12.98 kg
7500-9500$
Supercaliber 9.9 XTR21.50 lbs / 9.75 kg9500$
Top Fuel 9.9 XX1 AXS24.40 lbs / 11.07 kg10000-10500$
Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS21.58 lbs / 9.79 kg11000$
Slash 9.930.73 lbs / 13.94 kg to
31.14 lbs / 14.12 kg
7000-11500$
Downhill mountain bikes
Session 8 29 GX38.98 lbs / 17.68 kg5000$
Session 9 X0137.65 lbs / 17.08 kg7000$
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The average weight of a Trek aluminum full-suspension MTB is 31.98 lbs / 13.25 kg while the average weight of Trek a carbon full-suspension MTB is 27.13 lbs / 12.3 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Trek aluminum full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 31.98 lbs / 13.25 kg –> avg. price 3518$
  • Trek carbon full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 27.13 lbs / 12.3 kg –> avg. price 7082$

On average, if you want to save around 4.85 pounds on a Trek full-suspension MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 3564$.

The first thing we can see is that bike weight doesn’t decrease by a substantial amount in regards to the price increase, this is because in mountain biking the amount of bike suspension you have is very important because it allows you to ride more easily on rougher terrain.

One of the most expensive parts of a mountain bike is the suspension and this is one of the heavier parts also. This is the reason why the price is increased by a substantial amount and bike weight is roughly the same or even higher.

Specialized Mountain Bikes Weight

Specialized MTB
MTB Model (HARDTAIL)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Rockhopper 2930.23 lbs / 13.7 kg700$
Rockhopper Comp 29 32.69 lbs / 14.83kg1000$
Rockhopper Elite 2928.20 lbs / 12.79 kg1100$
Rockhopper Expert29.89 lbs / 13.55 kg1400$
Chisel33 lbs / 14.97 kg1600-1900$
Fuse Comp 2929.72 lbs / 13.48 kg 2200$
Fuse Expert 2929 lbs / 13.6 kg2700$
Carbon frame
Epic Hardtail25.44 lbs / 11.54kg 2400$
Men’s Epic Hardtail Comp24.6 lbs / 11.16 kg 2450-2720$
Epic Hardtail Pro21.3 lbs / 9.662 kg5800$
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The average weight of a Specialized aluminum hardtail MTB is 30.39 lbs / 13.78 kg while the average weight of a Specialized carbon hardtail MTB is 23.78 lbs / 10.79 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Specialized aluminum hardtail MTB: avg. weight 30.39 lbs / 13.78 kg –> avg. price 1150$
  • Specialized carbon hardtail MTB: avg. weight 23.78 lbs / 10.79 kg –> avg. price 3595$

On average, if you want to save around 6.61 pounds on a Specialized hardtail MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 2445$.

MTB Model (Full-suspension)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Stumpjumper Alloy35.76 lbs / 16.22 kg2500$
Stumpjumper Comp Alloy32.5 lbs / 14.74 kg 3500$
Carbon frame
Epic EVO24.49 lbs / 11.11 kg 3800$
Epic EVO Comp 26.12 lbs / 11.85 kg 4400$
Stumpjumper EVO Expert31.79 lbs / 14.42 kg 5000$
Stumpjumper EVO Comp31.88 lbs / 14.46 kg 5000$
Stumpjumper Expert27.89 lbs / 12.65 kg 5900$
Epic Expert21.5 lbs / 9.752 kg 6200$
Enduro Expert29.67 lbs / 13.46 kg 6300$
Epic Pro22.53 lbs / 10.22 kg 8500$
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The average weight of a Specialized aluminum full-suspension MTB is 34.13 lbs / 15.48 kg while the average weight of Specialized carbon full-suspension MTB is 26.98 lbs / 12.24 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Specialized aluminum full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 34.13 lbs / 15.48 kg –> avg. price 3000$
  • Specialized carbon full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 26.98 lbs / 12.24 kg –> avg. price 5637$

On average, if you want to save around 7.15 pounds on a Specialized full-suspension MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 2637$.

Giant mountain bikes weight

MTB Model (HARDTAIL)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
ATX (size XL)34.17 lbs / 15.5 kg480$
Talon 129.34 lbs / 13.31 kg950$
Talon 229.5 lbs / 13.38 kg685$
Talon 329 lbs / 13.15 kg550$
Fathom 29 229.07lbs / 13.34 Kg1420$
XTC SLR 29 1 / 226.05lbs / 11.94 Kg to
27.04lbs / 12.34 Kg
1420$
Fathom 29 129.10lbs / 13.5 Kg 1770$
Carbon frame
XTC Advanced 29 326.68 lbs / 12.1 kg2250$
XTC Advanced SL 29 1 19.69 lbs / 8.93 kg5150$
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The average weight of a Giant aluminum hardtail MTB is 29.15 lbs / 13.22 kg while the average weight of a Giant carbon hardtail MTB is 23.18 lbs / 10.51 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Giant aluminum hardtail MTB: avg. weight 29.15 lbs / 13.22 kg –> avg. price 909$
  • Giant carbon hardtail MTB: avg. weight 23.78 lbs / 10.79 kg –> avg. price 3700$

On average, if you want to save around 5.37 pounds on a Giant hardtail MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 2791$.

MTB Model (Full-suspension)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Stance 29 230.64 lbs / 13.9 kg1685$
Stance 29 132 lbs / 14.52 kg2150$
Trance 29 330.64 lbs / 13.9 kg 2400$
Anthem 29 229.37 lbs / 13.32 kg2450$
Reign 29 232.6 lbs / 14.79 kg3500$
Reign SX 29 (size L)34.61 lbs / 15.7 kg4450$
Carbon frame
Trance Advanced Pro 29 327.29 lbs / 12.38 kg3800$
Reign Advanced Pro 29 228.88 lbs / 13.10 kg4900$
Trance Advanced Pro 29 127.73 lbs / 12.58 kg 5850$
Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1
(size L)
24.6 lbs / 11.16 kg 6100$
Reign Advanced Pro 29 130.86 lbs / 14 kg 6100$
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The average weight of a Giant aluminum full-suspension MTB is 31.64 lbs / 14.35 kg while the average weight of Giant carbon full-suspension MTB is 27.87 lbs / 12.64 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Giant aluminum full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 31.64 lbs / 14.35 kg –> avg. price 2772$
  • Giant carbon full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 27.87 lbs / 12.64 kg –> avg. price 5350$

On average, if you want to save around 3.77 pounds on a Giant full-suspension MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 2578$.

Cannondale Mountain Bikes Weight

Cannondale MTB
MTB Model (HARDTAIL)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Trail 832.50 lbs / 14.74 kg600$
Trail 732.89 lbs / 14.92 kg 700$
Trail 632.61 lbs / 14.79 kg825$
Trail 532.6 lbs / 14.8 kg950$
Trail SE 431.5 lbs / 14.3 kg1150$
Carbon frame
F-Si Carbon 525.2 lbs / 11.4 kg2700$
F-Si Carbon 323.4 lbs / 10.6 kg4250$
F-Si Hi-MOD 119.7 lbs / 8.9 kg9000$
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The average weight of a Cannondale aluminum hardtail MTB is 32.42 lbs / 14.71 kg while the average weight of a Cannondale carbon hardtail MTB is 22.76 lbs / 10.32 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Cannondale aluminum hardtail MTB: avg. weight 32.42 lbs / 14.71 kg –> avg. price 854$
  • Cannondale carbon hardtail MTB: avg. weight 22.76 lbs / 10.32 kg –> avg. price 5316$

On average, if you want to save around 9.66 pounds on a Cannondale hardtail MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 4462$.

MTB Model (Full-suspension)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Habit 534.4 lbs / 15.6 kg2500$
Habit 433.29 lbs / 15.1 kg 3000$
Habit Waves34.81 lbs / 15.79 kg3300$
Carbon frame
Scalpel Carbon SE 227.2 lbs / 12.35 kg4000$
Scalpel Carbon 325.93 lbs / 11.76 kg5000$
Habit Carbon 127.3 lbs / 12.4 kg5500$
Scalpel Carbon SE 124.9 lbs / 11.32 kg 6100$
Jekyll 129.32 lbs / 13.3 kg 6100$
Scalpel Carbon 224.38 lbs / 11.06 kg 6300$
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The average weight of a Cannondale aluminum full-suspension MTB is 34.16 lbs / 15.49 kg while the average weight of Cannondale carbon full-suspension MTB is 26.5 lbs / 12.02 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Cannondale aluminum full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 34.16 lbs / 15.49 kg –> avg. price 2933$
  • Cannondale carbon full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 26.5 lbs / 12.02 kg –> avg. price 5500$

On average, if you want to save around 7.66 pounds on a Cannondale full-suspension MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 2567$.

Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes Weight

MTB
MTB Model (HARDTAIL)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Chameleon Kit D30.00 lbs / 13.61 kg2149$
Chameleon Kit R 28.23 lbs / 12.8 kg2649$
Carbon frame
Chameleon Kit R 27.47 lbs / 12.46 kg2999$
Highball Kit R24.68 lbs / 11.2 kg3299$
Highball Kit S22.87 lbs / 10.38 kg4049$
Highball Kit XT 23.07 lbs / 10.46 kg4699$
Highball Kit X01 AXS RSV20.05 lbs / 9.1 kg8099$
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The average weight of a Santa Cruz aluminum hardtail MTB is 29.11 lbs / 13.2 kg while the average weight of a Santa Cruz carbon hardtail MTB is 23.62 lbs / 10.71 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Santa Cruz aluminum hardtail MTB: avg. weight 29.11 lbs / 13.2 kg –> avg. price 2399$
  • Santa Cruz carbon hardtail MTB: avg. weight 22.76 lbs / 10.32 kg –> avg. price 4629$

On average, if you want to save around 6.35 pounds on a Santa Cruz hardtail MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 2230$.

MTB Model (Full-suspension)WeightPrice range
Aluminum frame
Tallboy Kit D34.62lbs / 15.7kg3349$
Tallboy Kit R 33.06lbs / 15kg3899$
Hightower Kit D to S35.1lbs / 15.92kg to
34.15lbs / 15.49kg
3549-4899$
Carbon frame
Tallboy Kit R to X01 AXS RSV31.54lbs / 14.31kg to
28.67lbs / 13kg
4799-9699$
Hightower Kit R to X01 AXS RSV32.03lbs / 14.53kg to
30.31lbs / 13.75kg
4949-9849$
Megatower Kit R to X01 AXS Coil RSV33.52lbs / 15.21kg to
34.54lbs1 / 5.67kg
5149-10249$
Blur Kit S to XX1 AXS RSV26.18lbs / 11.88kg to
22.56lbs / 10.23kg
5199-11299$
Bronson Kit R to XX1 AXS32.89lbs / 14.92kg to
30.56lbs / 13.86kg
5049-11399$
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The average weight of a Santa Cruz aluminum full-suspension MTB is 34.23 lbs / 15.53 kg while the average weight of a Santa Cruz carbon full-suspension MTB is 30.28 lbs / 13.73 kg.

Now let’s compare the average weight with the average price:

  • Santa Cruz aluminum full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 34.23 lbs / 15.53 kg –> avg. price 3924$
  • Santa Cruz carbon full-suspension MTB: avg. weight 30.28 lbs / 13.73 kg –> avg. price 7764$

On average, if you want to save around 3.95 pounds on a Santa Cruz full-suspension MTB, you need to increase your budget by approx 3840$.

FAQ

Is 30 Lbs Heavy for a Mountain Bike?

At 30 lbs a full-suspension mountain bike will be considered to be average weight but if we are talking about a hardtail it will be heavier than the average hardtail, so in this case, it will be considered heavy.

Is 34 Lbs Heavy for a Mountain Bike?

The average weight of a full-suspension mountain bike is 29.22 lbs, so a 24 lbs bike is considered heavy and if your budget can afford it, get a lighter bike.

Is 17 Kg Heavy for a Mountain Bike?

17 kg is an average weight for a downhill mountain bike but for the rest of the mountain bike types, it is considered too heavy. Downhill bikes need suspensions with a lot of travel and they are heavy.

How Much Does a Cheap Mountain Bike Weigh?

Cheap mountain bikes are usually in the weight range of 30 to 34 lbs and they are hardtails, practically you buy a hardtail with the average weight of a full-suspension mountain bike.

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