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Old 06-17-06, 05:41 AM   #1
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OK....time to spoil my bike rotten...advice.

I figure I might as well spoil my mountainbike as badly as i spoiled my roadbike.

The bike was marketed as primarily an XC bike, but the frame is beefy enough to handle lesser beatings as well. Either way, i am looking at lightening it where I can, and strenthening it where it matters, if that makes any sense.

Here's a pic of the beast itself, and the specs list...well the pic is outdated a bit...as this was before the v-brake conversion, the oury grips, and my swapping out the deore front disc caliper and rotor for the Avid/Hope setup.:



Raleigh Talus 17"
Ritchey Comp Seatpost/stem
Answer pro-taper riser bars
Oury lock-on grips
Deore LX brake/shifters (mechanical)
WTB Zero-stoack headset
Manitou Axel Elite fork (80mm)
Avid BB7 front disc brake w/ hope gothic rotor
Deore LX rear V-brake
WTB Speed-disc front wheel
Ritchey Grifter rear wheel (needed for rim brakes)
WTB Speed-V Comp saddle
Truvativ ISIS BB
Truvativ Stylo cranks
eggbeater c pedals
sram chain (forgot what model...it was like $35 though)
sram rear cassette (11-34, drilled upper cogs)
deore LX front/ XT rear derailers
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get new wheels first, thats always the best way to improve your ride.
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You converted the rear from disc to v-brake? Why?

You can lose quite a bit of weight by getting rid of the fork and going to something better. What do you have for tires/tubes, going to a lighter weight pair with a faster tread pattern will make a noticeable difference.

You mention what the bike is built for but what type of riding do you do?
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The best place to lose weight is on tires and wheels. Even if you want to go with a heavier-duty wheelset, you can probably get something that is very strong but that weighs less than what you have now.
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You converted the rear from disc to v-brake? Why?

You can lose quite a bit of weight by getting rid of the fork and going to something better. What do you have for tires/tubes, going to a lighter weight pair with a faster tread pattern will make a noticeable difference.

You mention what the bike is built for but what type of riding do you do?
The V-brake conversion was for two reasons:

1) nothing out here is technical enough to justify a rear disc. Mostly flatland, soft ground, but easily stoppable.
2) Sometimes I put a rack on this bike...and I do not own a disc-compatible rack

Mostly XC, but I also jump off stuff up to 2 feet tall.

Tires vary depending on what I'm doing, between WTB Weirwolf 2.1 (trail fun) and Specialized Nimbus (street riding). Tubes are some ultralight stuff...they seem alright.


edit: in the photo that bike had some kenda Klaw XT tires on them....chepos I used for road use until I got my Nimbus.

I also grabbed some parts from my currently dismantled roadbike, so this bike now has a thomson elite seatpost, and a specialized alias saddle. So far that saddle is far nicer than the WTB one.

I'm also debating on some xtr v-brakes since I have a chance to get them for a steal. I know the weight savings isn't much, but it is a darn nice brake....but now that I found some decent non-skewer based rear racks...I might just go back to disc anyways...who knows...

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