Maybe that would be a better choice? looking at full 6" travel and descending and FR capabilities with Nomad geometryDogboy said:Put a bunch of XC parts on it and marginalize its ability as a burly bike.
ps. why not a Blur LT? Sounds much more like what you want.
Remember, he said light FR. Personally I'd be concerned with anything less than something like the CrossMax XLs. Plus for aggressive trail with light FR, wouldn't a 6" fork be a better choice? When you get that bike builder program to break the 30lb. mark, you're getting a long travel XC bike...not a bad deal if that's what you're after, but when you say "light FR" you'd better up the ante on components just a little bit. Heck, I built a 29lb. Bullit, but it was barely aggressive trail, and it sure wasn't FR worthy at any level.stephanmol said:I just build mine with xo grupo and a nixon fork, 5th element gravity and weighted at 28 lb
Huh! Great minds must think alike. I just built up a 519 on a Hadley rear hub because theym-dub said:I have had great luck with the mavic F519 ( may have changed its name for 05/06) They weigh 460g and are 24.5mm wide.Handle 2.35 great and have hammered on them with no issues. I also consider myself a smooth rider and have shuttled, dropped 5'+ to flat and bigger to tranny. Also the same wheels that I have done 24hour events with. just a thought. They are laced to king hubs and 14/15 spokes. The only thing that I didnt like was the rim brake (silver)side wall but nothing a little wide tipped sharpy couldn't turn black PS im 190lbs
I'll give a 3rd vote for the F519 (now renamed as "X719"). I've got them on my Heckler and feel they strike the best balance of weight and durability. Mine have stayed round on the northshore yet aren't too heavy for all day epics.pffft said:Huh! Great minds must think alike. I just built up a 519 on a Hadley rear hub because they
seemed the obvious next step. And they're cheap!
Yeah, I've been tempted for some time by one of those Gravity Dropper posts, and after seeing one on Weir's bike, it didn't help...LOL! I think many consider this a DH/FR-only item, but I agree with you that it is probably a real asset on long trail rides in technical terrain with lots of up and down. Looks like it may be worth the weight.GspotRider said:I found the F519 were easy to warp and never really fell in love with them being a tad bit narrow. I would definately give Stan's notubes freeride rims a look. They are bit expensive, but their weight (545g if i remember) is not bad and they are pretty wide giving a nice profile with wider tires. The extra weight compared to the F519 can be offset by the fact you can convert a tire to tubeless with stans latex goop and not have to add a heavy rimstrip. I have stans notube olympic rims for my xc bike and tires seal on it really fast and easy compared to the rimstrips.
I was inspired by Mark Weir's bike and tried out a gravity dropper seatpost. I makes the bike heavier, but it really changes how you approach the trail. When the trail becomes undulating, you can put the seat down and really groove on the dh and if needed you can put the seat back up to climb up short climbs more comfortably and fast. With it I tend to ride faster. But the important thing is that this seatpost really increases my ride enjoyment... a lot.