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Just recieved my El Santo and i'm looking for some ideas on a build kit.
I got the "XS 14" frame, but the seat tube measures 16" c-t.
I work for a bike shop in Dearborn, Michigan so I will be buying all parts through QBP.
My budget is around $1000-$1500 for a custom build. Possibly more?
Any Suggestions?
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Former bike wrench, so knowing what kind of prices you should be able to get from QBP...here is a rough list of what I would be looking at keeping in mind your budget

-SRAM X-9 Shifters and Derailleurs (close to XO performance but quite a bit cheaper)
-SRAM 980 Cassette
-Shimano CN-7701 (XTR) chain and SRAM Powerlink
-Race Face Evolve XC or Truvativ Stylo 3.3 crankset
-Rock Shox Recon Race fork
-Avid Juicy 7 or Elixer R brakes
-Race Face, Truvativ, or Titec Controls (handlebar, stem, seatpost)
-Cane Creek S-3 headset
-Hand Built Wheelset (I like Shimano XT M756 hubs, DT Competition Spokes w/alloy nipples, Mavic rims, 3X 32 hole)
-Saddle, Tires, Grips, and Pedals of your choice

This is only what I would be looking at, I'm sure there are many opinions out there. But I base my choices on what I have used and worked on over the years. Value and durability is why I have picked what I have picked.
 

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Planned Build Kit

-Here's my idea of a sweet kit. Thoughts?
Fork: RockShox Reba Team Dual Air 120mm<O:p</O:p
Headset: Cane Creek 110 11/8<O:p</O:p
Wheelset: DT Swiss XR 4.2 Rim, Chris King red ISO Disc Hubs, DT Comp. 263mm spokes, DT Standard Nipps(Red)<O:p</O:p
Tires: WTB Mutano Raptor(f)2.25, WTB ExiWolf(r)1.95<O:p</O:p
Tubes: Kenda Standard Presta Valve <O:p</O:p
Brakes: Avid Elixir CR (Carbon Lever Optional)<O:p</O:p
Shifters: SRAM X.9
R. Derailleur: SRAM X.9 Long Cage
F. Derailleur: Shimano XT<O:p</O:p
Crank: TruVativ Stylo Team<O:p</O:p
Pedals: CrankBros. Eggbeater SL
Chain: SRAM PC-991 9sp
Cassette: SRAM PG-990 11-34t
Handlebar: Ritchey Pro Carbon Rizer<O:p</O:p
Grips: Ritchey WCS<O:p</O:p
Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis .100mm<O:p</O:p
Seatpost: Ritchey PRO POST 27.2mm<O:p</O:p
Seat: fi'zi:k Tundra
 

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Elixir!

Got Elixir R's for my B-Day, plus $200 from my grand parents in Arizona(awesome place). I now have enough moolah to buy a fork--2008 Reba Team, silver
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I'll keep you guys well informed
 

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WOW! That's a nice set-up. Looks like an XL. Do you have a ride report on that fork.That Corsa goes well with the cranks, brakes, rear derailleur, and rear wheel.
Just curious, what is the approx. weight on that build, mine will be very comparable
 

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a_burnside said:
WOW! That's a nice set-up. Looks like an XL. Do you have a ride report on that fork.That Corsa goes well with the cranks, brakes, rear derailleur, and rear wheel.
Just curious, what is the approx. weight on that build, mine will be very comparable
the corsa is an adjustable air fork so you can monkey around with it to make it squishier or firmer and it also has the TST 2 setup which lets you change dampening on the fly (it even locks out for pavement--really cool). i like it, it's a very light fork, too. but at times can be a bit firm.

i have no idea what it weighs, sorry, since i don't have a bathroom scale at home.
 
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