NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Another BIG GUY checking in. I have a couple of bikes, a lighter weight XC bike. A Cannondale F2000, which I use for longer group rides and anywhere with significant climbs. I also have a Specialized P.3, which I use for shorter more technical trails and anything with drops and jumps.
I will have to agree that it's the wheels and drivetrain that should be of concern not the frame. I would strongly recommend a "Chain-Checker" and replace chains as soon as they hit the .75 mark. That way you won't destroy your cassette and chains are relatively cheap!
Regarding wheels. I replaced my stock XC rims with some beefier rims, and bought a second set of lightweight XC wheels for racing only! That way, I do all my riding on a heavy-duty downhill rim, and come race-day I switch them out and the bike feels feather-light!
Yes, it's more expensive to have 2 sets of wheels, but you'll find out after rebuilding your wheel for the 3rd time that it's worth it!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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