KTM lists its Shimano XTR-equipped 29er Race hardtail at 9.2kg with pedals, but our 19in sample size actually hit our scales at just under 9.1kg without pedals.
Even so it still drops weight below the psychologically super important 20lb mark for the vast number of imperial weight-calibrated veteran racers that this bike will appeal to.
Ride and handling: twitchy but forgiving racer
Given how light it is, acceleration is more muted than you expect because both back end and wheels are noticeably soft. Spin the power through the pedals rather than trying to stomp it out though and the KTM gains speed and altitude with an eerie efficiency that you’ll appreciate the further you ride.
The same extended play bonus is provided by the leaf spring profile of both the seat- and chainstays. These are specifically
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