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    What to do ? new FS Frame or HT for XC

    So I am, mot sure what to do...

    Did all of my racing on a Santa Cruz superlight this year...

    I also have an old HT frame with very good components on it and I was going to simply get a decent HT frame for racing and build that up & race with that...

    Couple of racers at my club reckon if yr serious about racing, should try to ride a fast, light hardtail...

    Hwvr, seeing Erhan's Anthem racing FS frame (I love those frames), I am not sure whether to double up my money on what I will spend on the racing hardtail and replace the Superlight with an Anthem and just race on that.....

    I cannot see myself swapping HT to FS for specific races so it's one racing bike for all events for me...

    Any thoughts from the wise council here...?

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    What's wrong with the Superlight?

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    To be honest it just feels a bit too small for me - the top tube is very short even for the large frame I have - I have a Thompson layback post on and a long stem but I just doesn't feel quite right.. (Santa Cruz hv lengthened their top tube for their 07 sperlight version)

    I feel in a much better position on the Trek hardtail I have, the top tube is much longer that superlight, but this frame is pretty heavy and built up with similar components weighs no less that the superlight...

    I think I will, as originally planned build up a decent hardtail frame & see how that feels to race, before I spend $$$ on a new FS frame that will not make too much difference..

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    Well up until this year I have tried to have a hardtail and a full suspension. After riding different trails and timing myself several times I find that I am faster on a fully. I don't get as tired and I am able to carry more momentum over the rough sections and all of the baby heads. From now on I'm planning on just having a dual suspension for racing.

    YMMV
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    The FS/hartail debate lives!!

    Here is my take on racing - it's all about the course. If the course is technical with drops, and such, a FS rig is the call. If the course is not technical, you MAY do better on a hardtail. As already mentioned, the increased trauma that your body takes on a hardtail MAY take a toll, and make the heavier FS rig a better choice.

    I race a FS rig for all races. Most all are very technical. I also ride a single speed hardtail for training. It's the best of both worlds.

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    hard tail singlespeed, live a little

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr45h
    hard tail singlespeed, live a little
    +1! If you can ride a course on a rigid bike, the FS will seem like a cloud in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riles
    To be honest it just feels a bit too small for me - the top tube is very short even for the large frame I have - I have a Thompson layback post on and a long stem but I just doesn't feel quite right.. (Santa Cruz hv lengthened their top tube for their 07 sperlight version)

    I feel in a much better position on the Trek hardtail I have, the top tube is much longer that superlight, but this frame is pretty heavy and built up with similar components weighs no less that the superlight...

    I think I will, as originally planned build up a decent hardtail frame & see how that feels to race, before I spend $$$ on a new FS frame that will not make too much difference..
    If it feels too short try out a Cannondale Rush (any model, the go from about 1k upwards). They feel really long compared to other FSXC bikes I've ridden.

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