newb with specs question... please help!
hello all, just joined (as you can tell). i'm getting back into biking after a hiatus (6 years). i'm 31 and i like to think i've retained some of my athleticism. anyway.. i'm looking at bikes now and i'm stunned with how much things have changed in the 10 years since i've bought my last bike. it's exciting to see the growth, but overwhelming in the same way.
anyway... i tend to get longwinded (long fingered? )...
i've found a bike that meet my price range, for the sake of avoiding the brand loyalist bashing that is common with most things, here is the specs list. the bike sells for $450. can you help me with the specs? is this a decent combo of components?
Frame Custom 7005 Aluminum Trail-Tuned POWER STAY frame, box section chainstays, bi-axial gussetted downtube, sculpted rear dropouts with replaceable rear derailleur hanger, 2x H2O bosses, International Standard rear disc mounts
Fork RockShox Dart 2 Adjustable with Hydraulic damping and 100mm travel
Crankset TruVativ 5D Aluminum Triple 22/32/42T 175mm (TruShift Rings)
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
Pedals ATB Beartrap (metal cages)
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore Mega 9 top swing
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT long cage (traditional action - not rapidrise)
Shifters Shimano Deore Mega 9 Speed STI Rapidfire Pods (27 speeds total)
Cassette/Freewheel Cassette 11-32T 9 Speed Hyperglide
Chain 9 Speed Z9000 Super Narrow
Hubs Skye DiscSpecific Aluminum (black) Sealed Bearing mechanism
Spokes Stainless Steel
Rims WEINMANN SP-17 - Double Wall Aluminum CNC sidewalls
Tires WTB Velociraptor Blackwall 26 x 2.10
Brakes TEKTRO AQUILA Mechanical Disc Brakes with Multi Pad Angle adjustments
Brake Levers Tektro for Disc
Headset Cane Creek Internal Sealed bearing VP A42E 1.125 inch
Handlebar Skye Comp Aluminum Riser
Stem Skye Comp Threadless Aluminum
Tape/Grip WTB Dual Compound
Saddle WTB Speed V with comfort groove
Seat Post Skye Aluminum Micro-Adjust
Seat Clamp Alloy w/QR
Sizes 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 inch
Colors Polished Silver
Last edited by sc-pierce; 05-17-07 at 07:59 AM.