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Old 04-08-09, 07:26 AM   #1
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Looking for Advice/Justification :)

Hi everyone. Hopefully someone can help give me some advice. I currently ride a 2007 Rockhopper Disc. I have one season of racing under my belt and will be racing Cat 2 this year as well as competing in endurance events. The fork on my Rockhopper is an old Dart 3, and I have come to a crossroad on whether to upgrade the shock or just buy a new FS bike. I have my eye on a 2008 Anthem 2 with a Reba SL front shock for $1550.00 The only thing stopping me is that I would basically swap out all the components. My current ride has better components on it except for the brakes and front shock, but the Anthem is about a pound lighter than my current ride with crappier components. I would just buy a new frame and swap everything out but by the time I buy the fork its the same price as the Anthem.

So what would you do if you were getting more serious about racing. Spend 400-450.00 on a new lighter fork for the Rockhopper or spend 1500.00 on the Anthem 2 to get a lighter frame and fork, swap out the components and sell the old bike with the components from the anthem
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Old 04-08-09, 07:52 AM   #2
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It boils down to the HT vs Dually debate. For most of my local trails, I think a HT would be sufficient. If you're gonna be on extended rough stuff...get the Anthem.
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I'm not sure if it's an option you're looking at, but what about a lighter hardtail? If you're going to be loosing a pound with a full suspension frame, then wouldn't you loose more going with a hardtail?


Unless you're convinced you need the full suspension (and there may be plenty of justification for it), you could spend less on the frame going with a lighter HT and get a nicer fork to go with. Not that I do any racing or have the same needs as you, but I've got a very light Giant XTC Team with a Recon Race Air which is doing really well for me. The fork is still a solid pound over the frame I figure.... the frame weighs nothing.
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I have considered a hardtail frame. This will be my last bike purchase for sometime since my child will soon be going to daycare (215 a week) so I kinda want to get the best bang for my buck and anticipate my future needs since I will be racing more laps and for longer this year.. The trails around here do fine for hardtails except for a few which are very rooty to the point were I avoid them except to race on. My thinking is that once I switch my good components and wheelset over I can shave another 3 pounds off the Anthem and have a 24 pound bike. Just seeing what others would do in this situation
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Have you upgraded the Rockhopper a ton since you bought it b/c the one listed has a lower spec.
http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...6632&Type=bike

than the Anthem you're checking out:
http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...4147&Type=bike
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Yeah those are the two bikes. I have added Sram X-7 shifters and RD, a Deore crankset, Thompson stem, Crank Bros cobalt sl XC headset, Sram PG-970 casset, Race face Next SL carbon seatpost, and DT Swiss 4.2D Wheels to the rockhopper. I would transfer most of this over to the Anthem except for the crankset and headset.
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You "may" be dissapointed in the final weight. It may come out to 24lbs...I'm not sure b/c I haven't researched the total weights of both bikes and all their components.

I doubt it though.
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Never mind just purchased the Santa cruz Blur XC deal on Chainlove 1579.99 for a whole bike.
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Funny, was just looking at that.
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Very noice!
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I was looking at that too, nice choice.
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