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After more than 20 years riding Cannondales, I have finally decided to try something new: the Scott technology has always impressed me, so I thought I would give the Scott Spark a chance. In many regards, both FS 29er cannot even begin to compare.
It's been a long day, but needless to say, "the ride" of the month for sure.
The Spark comes in at 21.75lbs - it's about to loose 1 to 1.5 more pounds, but I'll have to wait for the next paycheck for that.
Cranks: XX1 GXP 168Q factor
Chainring: XX1 30T
Cassette: XX 11-36
Derailleur RR: XX med cage
Chain: XX1 cut with one spare link
Brakes: XX world cup
Handlebar: Xtra light
Seatpost: Xtra light
Saddle: SLR selle italia
Stem: Finally, I can easily find the perfect stem (length & angle)
RR Wheel: NoTubes
FT Wheel: Waiting for more money
RR Shock: Stock
Total current weight: 21.75lbs
Goal: trail-worthy and 20.5lbs
Long ride in the morning; I'll post photos of the aftermath.
Roots... Huge downhill rock gardens... Jaw breakers... I am more worried about my old age, but not at all worried about the chain dropping. It's super quiet too, and of course, without a front chain guide.
The XX1 rear has given me more climbing ease for really steep and long stuff, but I can get pretty close to that with a 28T (on order).
I really have to work my wheel situation; torn between:
Carbon Enve 29 XC tubeless
Carbon Enve 29 XC Tubular (hummm)
Mavic CrossMaxx SLR 29
Overall, I am looking for a super light rig with very stiff and durable wheels.
PS - Awesome bike.
For a real downhill, in the woods, or open land... I never spin out: I just let gravity take over, and am known to stay off the brakes.
My last modify will be arriving later today: Mavic CrossMax SLR wheels - I'll let you know the weight and will compare it with ZTR Crest wheels from NoTubes. The mavic have proven themselves to me in the past as being very durable, super stable... and even offering a much nicer ride that's seemed more predictable.
Completed bike photo to come (soon).
Time to ride now.
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