There's an old adage - "light, cheap and strong - pick two."
What do you prefer? Personally I'm always biased towards strength and/or performance, followed by price and then weight. I get many products to test and often the first question to be asked by peers is about the weight, and grams always a create a buzz in the comment section. I'm happy to slug a couple of extra pounds of weight up the hill if it means a more enjoyable, or reliable ride on the way down, instead I try to work on my own weaknesses or simply not worry about it on the way back up.
Examples that instantly struck up the weight debate include the Schwalbe Procore system and a gearbox bike I have had to test recently: "200 grams extra per wheel? that's a lot"
- but there are many advantages on the way down like decreased rolling resistance, increased grip, more reliability. Hmm, that gearbox bike weighs 30.5lbs, X bike only weighs this much
- benefits here include a better unsprung to sprung weight ratio and less chance of rocks destroying your pride and joy. Lightweight is sometimes proven to be faster, but I recently spoke to a team manager who had his rider test two different enduro bikes against the clock. The times proved him consistently faster on the heavier machine, but then he refused to race it because it was too heavy!
What do you look for in a product?