Afternoon boys and girls!
After a couple years of racing my not exactly weight weenie bike (I blame the low budget and my lack of research...) and a race on my brother's rather lighter bike, I've come to the decision that I need to do this right and start again from the beginning on a proper light bike (also now that I've got some $$$ stored up).
So, starting at the beginning means getting the big things right; frame and such. Decided to go with FS to replace the hardtail, but only if test rides convince me it's great.
Anyway, I've been looking around and come up with this as a short-list.
Nicolai Saturn TCC--looks good but I do wonder about the single-pivot-style suspension
Nicolai Helius CC--I prefer the idea of 4-link suspension, but not keen on the weight penalty
Titus Racer-X--very nice. Exogrid is cool, but is the only one that blows the budget, so Al it is, then.
Ghost RT Scandium--don't know much about it, but i wouldn't want to miss out on something that no-one else around me will have. Any thoughts?
Dean Ace X-lite 3.0--have heard these are flexy in the seat-stays. hmm.
Extralite F1--I've seen a discounted frame for sale, but again I've heard varying things about them; easily blown shocks and questionably rigidity were the worst, but like any of these I won't buy what I haven't ridden first.
Yeti AS-R SL--seen a lot of them at the last race (also Tituses), but wonder a bit about those pivots
I'm not really convinced on carbon as a frame material (the failure mechanism frankly scares me to be trusting my life with), so i prefer metals; perfectly happy with it for bars and derailleur cages and stuff, though.
Thus, if I stop fearing carbon, we can add: Trek Fuel 100, Storck Organic/Adrenaline, Scott G-Zero/Strike and some others that I've probably forgotten.
So: thoughts, opinions, comments?