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Old 04-24-08, 11:46 AM
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XC race full suspension?

I am hoping to get some advice on a full suspension frame for XC racing. My hardtail has seen the end of its days, and I am riding a SS hardtail as well now, so I figured I might as well replace it with a dual suspension. Right now I am looking at these frames
Santa Cruz blur XC,
Titus Racer X
Giant Anthem
Specialized Epic

....I am sort of leaning toward the santa cruz or titus due to cheaper frame only options, however I think the anthem might be more of a pure XC bike. The specialized is just up there in case another 1000 dollars happens to land in my lap. Am I thinking along the right lines, or should I look elsewhere? It has also occurred to me that a FSR liscensed horst type bike like the KHS team might be just as good and much much cheaper.
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Titus Racer-X awesome!!!
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I don't think you should go FS.


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I think you should go FS

Epic is a sweet bike
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the racer x or the anthem would be my choices out of that list.
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Trek's Top Fuel line is a XC racing frame design you could look into as well.
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I don't race, but I sure like my Blur.
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specialized epic, trek top fuel, giant nrs, felt virtue
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Blur XC

I race my Blur XC and since I'm not a very good mountain biker by any means and not worry of this bike, it sure forgives alot of my sins!

Before I settled on the Blur, I also had Titus on my list along with Intense. I chose the VPP suspension on the Santa Cruz. Titus and Intense we're more expensive than the Blur in the end for what I felt was going to be the same thing. Plus I like the red color my Blur was offered in.
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I'm using the KHS XC Team and am enjoying it. Of course, everyone is a little different as to thier preferences but I think its an excellent choice. Rico is riding/racing the 604, IIRC.
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Go with the epic.
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Of those bikes, I only have experience with the Epic as I own one. I love the bike (it's an '07 Comp). It fits my needs perfectly.

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I should state my needs. I do primarily trail riding, but I do some racing. I wanted a bike that was fairly light weight, efficient, climbed very well (our local trails are very hilly) and had a good component mix. The Epic, from the fairly smooth single track I ride primarily, to very rocky trails and trails with good downhills and large rocks to ride up, over and off, the bike has served me wonderfully.

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Originally Posted by Bike Lover View Post
I'm using the KHS XC Team and am enjoying it. Of course, everyone is a little different as to thier preferences but I think its an excellent choice. Rico is riding/racing the 604, IIRC.

Is Rico riding or hiding? Seems more like hiding of late. Seems his transition from 2007 sandbagger champ to sport isn't as smooth.
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racer X with a Fox F32 100RLC. Horst Link rear.

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I am hoping to get some advice on a full suspension frame for XC racing. My hardtail has seen the end of its days, and I am riding a SS hardtail as well now, so I figured I might as well replace it with a dual suspension. Right now I am looking at these frames
Santa Cruz blur XC,
Titus Racer X
Giant Anthem
Specialized Epic
I cannot comment on the other bikes you've listed, but I've owned a S/C Blur since 2003. Simply put, this is the perfect f/s bike for me. It's relatively light, and performs very well. I riding buddy of mine had the Epic. After riding my scoot, he sold it and bought a Blur.

I also ride a SS hartail, and love it as well.

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One thing of note....The original Blur was notorious for the rear bearings going bad. You had to replace them constantly. If you didn't, well....umm...it was...umm...bad.

One way to figure out if the original blur's bearings were starting to go was creaking and popping. Another was if the rear started to feel loose if you applied pressure by hand. If it got really bad....umm...toasted frame.

I don't know if they put in beefier bearings in the rear or not in the XC or LT but by the book the original blur's bearing were due to be replaced every 6-12 months. I know a racer that still uses an original blur and for him it became every 3 months.

http://www.santacruzbikes.co.uk/work..._seasonal.html
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