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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?
My only experiance with your list is on the Titus Racer-X and the Fuel 100. Personally, I wouldn't buy a Fuel. They haven't quite worked out the pedal induced bob issues yet. Plus I'm the same way about carbon MTB frames. I currently own a Trek STP 400 and have cracked one frame already and had to have it replaced. If you ride hard that means you crash....part of the sport! I'm just not trusting of a carbon MTB frame in those situations (especially based on my own experiances).
That said the Titus Racer X is an awsome bike. I would also love to get the exogrid frame, but it is just to pricey. I have ridden the Al version and have a bunch of friends that have them. They are a performance dream. With any of the new platform rear shocks (fox pro-pedal, manito swinger, or progressive 5th air) they handle like a hardtail when they are supposed to and a full suspension when it counts. The other really nice thing about the Titus Racer X verses some of the others is you get a full 3.75 inches of travel on the rear. Alot of other good XC FS bikes only get you 3 inches or less travel.
Take a Titus Racer X with a progressive 5th element air shock and put a fox 80X fork on and you have a bike that will handle better than any other FS out there (at least in my opinion).
Just a thought.
My current HARDtail is rediculously stiff, so anything FS is going to feel soft to me! I'm more concerned with if I'm going to be going faster than how much less of a pounding I'll be having to take when it gets rough.
I have never heard of Push before. Looked at their website, but it doesn't say much. What do they do that makes them so great?
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