Help with FS frame, fork and brakes for roadie, please

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spaniardclimber
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by spaniardclimber

Hi all,
This is my first post on the MTB forum, Im a roadie and have decided to buy a MTB for winter training. Im know of every road component available but I have no idea of MTB components. I've searched around the net and this forum and I haven't seen any comments/reviews on the gost RT frame, it looks nice, light and cheap. For the fork I thought of a manitou minute 2. Is SPV worth it? I also think I will stick with V-brakes (avid light ones).
What do you think/recomend?
Thanks,
SC

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by Frankie - B

Spaniard,

If I had to buy a budget hardtail now, it would be a Ghost HTX scanduim. Pretty cheap and good looking! Sadly i dont know anything about the ghost fullies. they look good. And i think they are good. For a fork, would choose a more high end version. The minute is to cheap for what you are looking for.
V's are a good choice, although many lightweight discs are comming to the market.

good luck with the project.
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by IanB

spaniardclimber wrote:For the fork I thought of a manitou minute 2. Is SPV worth it?


A good choice IMO - I run a pair on my Intense XVP. They are very tuneable and the SPV technology has been effective and reliable for me so far.

Frankie B wrote:For a fork, would choose a more high end version. The minute is to cheap for what you are looking for


Can you justify the logic behind this statement? The Minute is a high end fork, and it certainly isn't cheap :? :wink:

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by Tippster

@ Ghost,


Once you have settled on frame and fork choice, feel free to mount roadie stuff on your mtb. I'm running an 11-23 DA cassette for weight reduction and a 168g SRP tuned DA rear mech. I'm also thinking of upgrading my XT front mech with a DA or campa double front mech (according to Nino a double DA front mech works with mtb tripple chainset - after you adjust the limit screws)

roadie: cassette, front and rear mech and chain all save weight and sometimes are more cost effective too that mtb components.
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by Phat Wookie

If you just plan to ride the mtb in the winter and not race, a lowend RT/Minute setup is fine.

If you're gonna race and use it in the summer, get a nicer one, maybe the scandium and get a better fork, get a skareb or a Black. The SPV is definitely worth the extra money, cause you won't be bobbing all over the place when standing up.... roadies tend to dislike that :wink:
otherwise I'd recommend the Fox Float, that's a sweet fork. Fairly light, ample travel and really rigid.... my personal choice if I wasn't riding Headshok.

V-brakes are a cheaper, lighter and easier maintenance solution than discs, but discs are cooler and offer more control.

Maybe you should consider getting a hardtail instead and then some nice parts...?

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by spaniardclimber

I already have a hardtail, with RS Mag 21 and a mix of 7 and 8 sp components, with grafton brakes and v-brake levers...its a strange mix that doesn't work too fine :-)
Im not a good descender, once I tested a fully and it was awesome, I could descend difficult singletracks that with my hartail I couldn't (not confident enough), plus my butt doesn't get sored that much!
Thanks for all the info/suggestions!
SC

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