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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:21 pm 
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Been a looooooong time since I posted a build up here. In terms of XC performance and reliability - I think I've hit the mark... this thing is FAST!

9.7 kilo (21.4 lbs)

2015 S-Works Epic World Cup Module
XX1 Drive
Formula R1 Racing brakes
Ritchey WCS Cockpit
Light-Bicycles.com Wheelset (27mm hookless @ 1450g)
Extralite front through axle (Yes, one WW part)
Fizik Braided Gobi
Thunder Burts/Racing Ralphs/Rocket Rons (all 2.1s - I switch based on conditions)
XTR Pedals
Anrdews Mfg King Ti Cages

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:23 pm 
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This replaces my former 2013 Scott Spark 900SL.

Also a top flite XC rig. Lighter weight at 20.4 lbs (w/ pedals).

Slightly slacker head tube angle was nice. Twin lock was also nice... Those Syncros branded DT wheels were poo. I must have broken 10+ spokes in two seasons...

But the S-Works is a faster bike all day long. The inertia valves on the S-Works take some getting used to, but once they are dialed, they are the kill.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:41 pm 
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Both bikes look great :thumbup: You can definitely see a trend of what you like to ride :D

What is it that draws you to the Epic over the Spark? Just Sus action or are there are there other big differences worth mentioning for someone in the market for an XC frame?

No reason to change anything at all but there appears scope to lose weight which is always nice (EDIT: while sacrificing nothing in function IMO). Some budget options, maybe not too much total g's to save, I'm not sure....

Spiderless chainring -> Absolute Black 55g
Stem -> KCNC sub 100g
Bars -> New Ultimate or Mt Zoom ~110g
Seatpost? -> Ebay CF 135g
Saddle? -> Depends on limits of your preferences, under 100g
Grips? -> Bontrager X-Lite are nice ~20g
Cages -> I get on with Tune very well, 10g each w/ bolts
Pedals -> Xpedo XMF08TT 215g
Bolt tuning, KCNC jockeys, etc?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:05 pm 
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Thanks for the help Dan - While I truly appreciate the feedback - trust me, I've tried lots of stuff. I no longer choose parts based on weight alone. This build is about what works, not what does not.

As for you spec recommendations...

Non xx1 ring... just not as smooth nor quiet. I originally had a Raceface Next SL crank with the one piece ring. Moved that crank to my HT.
Stem - prefer stiffness and strength. I run Ritchey on all my bikes.
Bars - prefer strength
Post - S-works is approx 170g
Saddle - light saddles = discomfort and they break. Discomfort = loss of speed. I have a Gobi 00 @ 145g (broke it in a race)... Same with AX saddle years ago.
Grips - I run ESI race (buy them 6 pairs at a time)
Cages - I had tune cages on a previous build - the weight of the bottle snapped the bottom tabs first ride out and marred that frame.
Pedals - I'll stick with XTR. They work. Between 3 CX bikes and 4 MTBs... I use XTR across the board.
Bolts - nope
Jockey Wheels? Hahaha


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:48 pm 
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^that made me smile, good on you!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:04 am 
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Very nice builds you have there! Maybe the final weight reduction would be to give carbon tubulars a go? :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:48 pm 
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hjb1000 wrote:
Very nice builds you have there! Maybe the final weight reduction would be to give carbon tubulars a go? :)


Now You're talkin! Would love a set of light tubs w/ Dugast rubber! Courses here are pretty rocky though.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:59 am 
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Well done Rich. I'm totally on board with you on this.

Functional check, functional AND light check.

My latest mtb is a 25 lb hardtail that is the best riding and working mtb that I have ever owned. What am I changing on it? Nothing.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:41 pm 
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*Like* :thumbup:

Thanks John! Gotta tell Ya I am enjoying this bike. Spent 7 hours aboard it this weekend! It absolutely shreds and conditions were spectacular blue sky fall weather here in Jersey.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:31 pm 
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Great build!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:59 pm 
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Rich_W wrote:
Non xx1 ring... just not as smooth nor quiet. I originally had a Raceface Next SL crank with the one piece ring. Moved that crank to my HT.


Have you tried the absolut black one? I'm going to need a new chainring soon and it's on the top of my list..


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:31 pm 
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Nope - when in doubt - ride stock parts. They work better. My drivetrain is all XX1.

Also, update on Forumla 1 piece rotors - they squeal like a stuck pig...

Swapped some Avid 2-piece rotors I had laying around they they are working awesome and thankfully silent.

Formula sent me some sintered pads to try with the one piece rotors... going to try this weekend.


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