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Hi,

I have to replace my 2002 S-Works HT that was stolen last week. I really loved the handling of that bike. I was looking at the new Trek 9.9. What to you think about that bike?

Also, I wonder if I should keep the XTR disc brakes and the Bontrager Race X Lite Disc wheels or change for Crossmax SL with XTR V-brakes. At 135lbs (61.23kg) I always had plenty of braking power with the V-Brakes but I'm also thinking of the resale value.

Finally, does anyone have an idea of the weight of the 9.9 frame in 17.5 inch?

Thanks for your help,
 

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Conqueror said:
Hi,

I have to replace my 2002 S-Works HT that was stolen last week. I really loved the handling of that bike. I was looking at the new Trek 9.9. What to you think about that bike?

Also, I wonder if I should keep the XTR disc brakes and the Bontrager Race X Lite Disc wheels or change for Crossmax SL with XTR V-brakes. At 135lbs (61.23kg) I always had plenty of braking power with the V-Brakes but I'm also thinking of the resale value.

Finally, does anyone have an idea of the weight of the 9.9 frame in 17.5 inch?

Thanks for your help,
keep the disk brakes. they're worth it.

don't know if you cross posted your question on the Trek board but you might want to consider doing that if you didn't. i'm sure you'll get lots of opinions there. also, if you haven't, check to see if anyone has reviewed the bike under Product Reviews. another good place to find opinions.

trek should provide the weigh of the bike on their website.

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I second the RTs advice

From what I recall the Trek carbon frames are amoung the heavist of the current carbon hardtails. I think the disks will benifit you when you ride it, as well as the resale value. Also I would do what you can to get a dirt demo on a high end FS bike before you buy another hardtail. Everyone is going FS for a reason. I have a 2006 Titus racer X that weighs 24 Lbs and a 2005 Sworks Hartail the weighs 20 lbs. I do a time trail up a steep climb. like 1000 ft up in about a mile. I time this every couple weeks as a measure of fitness. Over the last 3 attempts on each bike my average time on the Titus is 16 min 21 sec, and the Sworks 16 min 48 sec. my best time on the climb 15:11 was recorded on the hardtail while tapering last season. I don't think either bike really climbs faster, and the Titus is so much faster on the downhill. I don't have a timed route to compare the bikes that includes a desent, but trust me the FS bike would be considerably faster.
I am not trying to talk you out of getting what you want, just saying you should spend a few hours on a high end FS bike and see if you like it. The resale value will be much better as well.
Check out www.weightweenies.com and look up the weight of that frame
 

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Scale

I own a Scott Scale and recently rode a 9.9. My Scale felt a little quicker, and smoother to me. Maybe It just fit me a little better. I'd try both out if you can.

I have the Race X lites and I love them. I have had better luck with them than my Crossmax SL's. I think that change would be a lateral move. If you're going to change wheels get something lighter. You can build up some Olympics (disc only) or ZTR's (V Brake) that are 1/2 lb lighter than the Crossmax/Bontys and cost less.

Like the last poster said.... My Yeti is getting the nod on most races now. The Scale is great for hill climbs and short track, but for XC it's the FS.....
 

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I demo'ed the top of the line Cannondale Scalpel at the Norba Mt.Snow race. I did not race on it, but rode it after my race. I loved it!!! It was several pounds lighter than my hardtail and climbed steep slippery stuff easily. I was a little worried about the carbon fiber cracking with the Rp3 in the firm setting, but I was even wheelie droping on it and it held up. The whole bike was beautiful, I spent hours on it and had a though time parting with it. It was so efficiant and provided just enough cusion to take the edge off stuff. The bike just shines on steep climbs and has ubelievable traction.

Hardatils are great, I love mine for training and racing smooth stuff. But I was sorta upset because I lost 4 minutes off my time on the downhill at Mt.Snow. The hardatil was bouncing me all over the place. Oh well, it helped on the climb. I think soft-tails are the answer for XC racing because of the light weight and efficiantcy on both uphill and downhill. Just my $0.02 :thumbsup:

Whatever you end up with, tell us and stuff us bike porn!!! Sorry that such a great bike as yours was stolen. :eek:
 

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Thanks !

Hi,

Thanks for all you're replies. I got the Trek 9.9 with the disk brakes. I had to purchase the new bike quick since I had no bike to race on. I also don't have much time to spend on maintenance and at 135 lbs, weight is important for me. For all those reason, I decided to stick with a Hardtail. I will consider a FS the next time for sure.

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Try a FS here in Colorado most of the XC races i see more and more FS try on of the race FS such as;

1) Yeti ASR-SL my friends medium is 5.1# with the carbon rear triangle
2 ) Titus Racer X
3) Orbea Oiz this is what I race, my frame is 4.75 # for a 19" nice and lite !
4) Specialized Epic
5) Turner Nitrous
6) Trek Carbon Fuel don't see as many as I use to.
7) Cannondale Scalpel


Good luck !
 
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