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.