Hi Ladies,

I was casually looking for a mountain bike, and picked up a 29er Trek Lush SL as an impulse buy (I only went into the shop to rent a bike). It was my size (14.5) and a screaming deal.

I am 5'1, 110lbs and primarily a road rider. When I tried to follow my friends through through tight corners on the trail that day, I had trouble. It was probably my lack of experience, although at the time I was cursing the 29 inch wheels.

A couple of questions:

Any pointers for making those turns?

The bike weighs 29lbs. I had the shop order me some Stans Crests to swap out for the stock wheels. Am I missing another obvious weight saver that would make this beast easier to handle?