Originally Posted by IndyJonez
I know I could probably extend my search and figure out what the differences are between these components you listed, but could you be so kind to explain the advantages/disadvantages of the different componentry listed above, if not I understand it could take some to explain. Thanx.
Have you recieved your bike yet? What do ya think?
1: Fork is oil/coil/air instead of coil/mcu.
This is the biggie for me. The coil & mcu fork is alright, not great, but alright. It has reasonable damping and is strong, but its adjustment is limited to pre-load. The coil/oil/air fork is about the same weight and strength but the oil damping is rebound adjustable and tunable by altering the oil viscosity and the air pressure can be varied to act in much the same way as the preload on the coil/mcu fork. The quality of damping response in the oil fork has the potential to be better than the mcu can provide, the down side is that oil/air forks are maintenance intensive compared to coil/mcu forks which in my experience at least are set and forget. I think the improved damping response and adjustability are worth the money and maintenance.
2: Hydro brakes instead of cable (they may both be hydro where you are)
Compared to my tektro disks the hayes are from another dimension, nuff said. Hydro V Cable? my experience is limited, but I do like they way hydros provide a smoooooooooth feel at the lever rather than clutch and grab of the cable disks on the Hoss.
3: Better BB and crankset
Really theres not much to say here, the improvement is incremental but raceface look the goods to me. I dont think I would notice if either of these cranksets was flexing.
4: XT RD not Deore
Again incremental improvements, Ive run LX for 12 months now and apart from around the bike shop carpark I dont know XT myself, but I'm reluctant to go down a level to buy a new bike and XT has a very good rep in these forums, so much so that it seems to be the product of choice around here unless your a weight weenie.
5: Better rims
To the best of my knowlege (thanks Raiyn
) the ditch witches are the OEM version of rhinolites, again the product of choice around here.
6: I like the colour
I think the main reason I bought it was that I'm a heavy guy, currently pretty flabby but this year (2006) I'll be in training with the Aussie military and I tend to put on muscle with exercise and by years end I'll still be heavy and the Haro was already at its limits in some situations. More to the point it had started to limit what I was prepared to do on it and next year I wont be near a bike shop for repairs etc so I bought a heavy duty bike. No I dont have it yet, I'm socking cash away in the shop but it wont be long now, the 700$AU I sold the Haro for certainly helped.
Re upgrades, the haro cost me 650$AU, to make it the bike I wanted I spent another 600$ at mates rates and ebay bargain hunting. 1250$AU probably would have bought me the bike I wanted at the time but I didnt have that at the time. Buy the bike you want within reason (H@ll, I want a coilair but thats not going to happen) , upgrades later always cost more and you still end up with a compromise. Cheers
Edit: I forgot to mention that I also suffer from shiney new bike syndrome