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    Here's a pic of the beast itself, and the specs list...well the pic is outdated a bit...as this was before the v-brake conversion, the oury grips, and my swapping out the deore front disc caliper and rotor for the Avid/Hope setup.: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

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    Chairman of the Bored catatonic's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by never
    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...
    Last edited by catatonic; 06-18-06 at 09:24 AM.
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