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I know my f/s enduro bikes well and was confident when buying these bikes. I want to race, need a bike that is just mental and full of power. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Well I would start with a custom titanium frame from IF. Here is the rest of the build.

Fork: Fox F80x (or 100x depending on preference)
Bottom Bracket: American Classic (removed plastic cover)
Brales: Magura Marta SL (aluminum lever bolts, ti bolts everywhere else)
Cables: Aztec Power cords
Cassette: Dura Ace 12 - 27
Chain: Wipperman
Crankset: Extralite or FSA Carbon Pro MTB (non-integrated)
Chainrings: Boone Ti
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR (aluminum and ti bolts)
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.0 (aluminum and ti bolts)
Grips: Johar Foam Grips trimmed
Bar: AlphaQ Cabon flat bar
Headset: Chris King (aluminum top cap bolt)
Pedals: Triple Ti Eggbeaters w/ shorter spindles
Skewers: Delta Axel Rodz
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
Shifters: SRAM X.0 triggers (aluminum clamp bolts)
FSA XC-115 110mm
Tires: Kenda Karma L3R Pro DTC 2.0
Tubes: Stan's No Tubes
Wheelset: American Classic Disc 350 or something built by Mike Garcia
 

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What about the new carbon fiber HT specialized bike? should make a good dent into the 8k, but should be around 6k...hmm maybe?
 

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saga said:
I know my f/s enduro bikes well and was confident when buying these bikes. I want to race, need a bike that is just mental and full of power. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GTF out of here. You call that a budget? :rolleyes:

Why don't you just pay Geoff Kabush or somebody to race for you. You can ride on the handlebars, wad up money, and throw it at the others racers as the two of you pass by!

I would go with a custom frame and wheels for sure. I had Mike Garcia build my wheels as well and his website is www.oddsandendos.com. Have fun. There are so many great custom builders out there it would be tough to choose.

$8000! :eek:
 

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Surely you aren't serious.

If for some reason you are, you should invest $1000 of that cash into an older Stumpjumper or something, learn how to ride and what you like, then make your own educated decision in a year or five.
 

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I know my f/s enduro bikes well and was confident when buying these bikes. I want to race, need a bike that is just mental and full of power. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously dude please don't take this the wrong way. It sounds as thought you have limited experience with xc racing. If that is indeed the case don't waste your money on a pro level race bike. I would suggest gaining race experience and also learn how to train first. These two factors alone will take you farther than you realize. The bike is not "mental and full of power", you the racer are. You can find a good race bike for well under $2k.
Put any top pro xc racer on a bike that costs $500 or less and they could make any of us look stupid. Its not the bike that is fast.
 

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I would spend $2000-2500 building a steel hardtail for 4" travel fork and disc brakes.

the other 5500-6000 should be spent on giving yourself enough time, room, freedom to train as much as you need to be a decent racer... including buying rollers, a heart rate monitor, some books on maximizing training results, and maybe even some coaching.

the most chi-chi bike in the world won't make you a better racer.

I'm assuming you are trying to be a better racer, and not just a yuppie poseur!
 

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I've got a nice ride for ya!

It's pink and comes from Target. I'd be happy to let it go for 7250.00!!

GTF outa here is right.
 

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lol im sure we all thought you where crazy, but yeah, drop a grand max on a good steel bike and as you start racing just upgrade it to what you like and what fits you. you will come out way ahead finacially and race wise if you just practice on a decent bike and turn it into a monster from there.
 
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