Lightness, comfort and ease of use are the main features of this new model. Owing to the use of HM carbon fibres, in its mixed conception, single shell and tube to tube, the engineers have optimized the frame's weight. The 986 Pro Team bike effectively only weighs 9.4kg (in S size with pedals). The bases and the braces have a specific design that improves comfort. The new saddle stem and its elastomers allow filtering vibrations and absorb shocks, which usually increase fatigue as the kilometers go by. For Miguel Martinez Olympic champion in Sydney and four times world champion who took part in the development of the new frame, the 986 is astonishingly easy to use and comfortable.
Bike Setup: FSA carbon cranks, magura marta brakes, Rock Shox Sid fork, Sram xo, and yes the Mavic Crossmax SLR wheelset!
a Weekend Warrior
from Oakland, CA
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2010
Strengths: Light, Stiff, Rare, Sexy...
Weaknesses: Too Light sometimes, Bumpy...too light...
The bike is solid for XC Racers Im sure...I just wanted something different, fun and light. I got what I asked for and love it. The problem is that it can be too light at times...front lifts during climbing and feels a bit scary. Took it on some technical single track downhills and it was madness. Survived...but not sure I can compare it to anything I have experienced with a Hardtail since the last time I road something as bumpy and technical, I bombed through it with my Intense 6.6.
For XC, its great...easy bike to ride, light, stiff and is a dream machine for speed. I love the bike and will be keeping this bad boy for a while. I let a few folks ride it and the one common thing they all said...that thing is too light. LOL.
Similar Products Used: had Santa Cruz Blur XC-missed the feeling of the trail and having a light bike-I ride a LaPierre X-bike often on the same trails-could have gotten another full susser but don't see any w/soul
Bike Setup: Size-M, SRAM X-O,Reba 100mm-purchased as factory build, wuold change a few things but for the money it is a good buy
Cross post from the Santa Cruz forum but I haven't gotten much feedback
Built a small Blur TRc for my girlfriend and the front derailleur interferes with the chain when it is in the big big(largest 2-3cogs) combination and the suspension compresses
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OK, so here's the issue. After using an XTR 986 "Race" Front Deraileur for about 4 months, the whole time thinking that this has to be the greatest thing since sliced bread (I mean it shifts up so easy) the shift started to develop some resistance and then a hard "click" sound when shifting into the ... Read More »
So I am putting together a new build, and I have the opportunity to use my choice of Dia Compe brakes. 985, 986, or 987. I prefer the 986’s. I think they are the simplest, easiest to adjust, and most attractive. And most importantly I think they have the best “brake feel”. Just curious if anyon ... Read More »
So I STILL haven't received my tech book from Shimano...it's only been three years of asking.
Can anyone post the derailleur band height range for the FD-986? Did they stay consistent with 120-150 through the range of 2x cranks?
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