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I do not want a herd of bicycles. I want one geared XC bike for racing and riding, period. Since racing to me means endurance races as well as traditional XC stuff, it follows that I will be making a compromise one way or another whether I try to build up a light FS or stick with what I know best, a light and dependable hardtail.

Some opinions? How to split this hair?
 

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Hmm,

Ellsworth? Merlin?

Let's talk about more proletarian rides. I'm not pulling down the dough for King hubs or ti frames. One guy, one ride is an outgrowth of a desire to staunch the hemorrhage of cash that is an unfortunate part of mountain biking.
 

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GrantB said:
Hmm,

Ellsworth? Merlin?

Let's talk about more proletarian rides. I'm not pulling down the dough for King hubs or ti frames. One guy, one ride is an outgrowth of a desire to staunch the hemorrhage of cash that is an unfortunate part of mountain biking.
What's your budget?
 

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GrantB said:
Hmm,

Ellsworth? Merlin?

Let's talk about more proletarian rides. I'm not pulling down the dough for King hubs or ti frames. One guy, one ride is an outgrowth of a desire to staunch the hemorrhage of cash that is an unfortunate part of mountain biking.
Okay, The Attitude Pro which is the same as you ride weighs 22.5 lbs. with the suspension post. I would suggest looking for a good used Ti or Ti soft-tail, maybe less than $1k for frame and switch all your parts.
 

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Grant i can see you are still torn on what to do.
That stumpy you are riding i dont think would make you very happy if you tried to race all the places we do. Way to much bike for a short xc race.

Maybe something like the scalpel or look for a nice used truth. Maybe even a superlight, single pivot bikes are not bad with the way rear shocks are now with all the pro pedal. With bikes like these you wont loose as much of the hardtail speed that you like but they will be much better for the 12 hour races.

oh i am thinking about riding dauset on friday. you in?
 

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Good question

GrantB said:
I do not want a herd of bicycles. I want one geared XC bike for racing and riding, period. Since racing to me means endurance races as well as traditional XC stuff, it follows that I will be making a compromise one way or another whether I try to build up a light FS or stick with what I know best, a light and dependable hardtail.

Some opinions? How to split this hair?
I'm sitting on three bikes and 2 extra frames and lots of wheel sets.

My main rides are a Ti HT with a Sid race up front, approx 22lbs. climbs freaking great, but harsh on the fast down hills.

My other/main ride is a santa cruz superlite with a RLT 80 up frt and RP3 rear, approx 26 or 27 lbs, it climbs good, not as good as the lighter HT of course, but much faster down hill without half the beating.

If all my shet got stolen with no insurance and I had to start over, spending my own money
I'd either put together a moderatley priced steel hardtail (Jamis Dragon, Gunner Rockhound or something similar.) with a RLT 80 some decent 2.1 tires, low riser bars and good Vbrakes with some XTR wheel on 717's. Try to keep it about 24lbs

Or another Superlight with the same componets as above but maybe try an RLT100 and try to keep it at or under the 26lb mark.
 
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