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Old 11-25-08, 08:20 AM
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Second set of forks and wheels for bike diet, any suggestions?

Hi!

I have been riding my Specialized Enduro around for a while and love it. It is the S-Works version of the frame and is set up with a more DH focus with a Marzocchi 66 RC up front and slightly older (non-UST) Deemax rims laced to Hadley hubs.

It is awesome. On the DH that is. Climbing is ok, but this frame is capable of much more as the fork is so long travel and heavy. A friend of mine told me a while back to get a 2nd set of lightweight wheels and fork. I have finally decided to do as he had suggested.

So I am looking into forks and wheels. (ps, I am in Japan, so ebay and buying from US stores isn't quite as easy)

I know low spoke count wheelsets aren't as reliable, but this will be my light usage set (and I love the style). I am thinking of getting the Shimano WH-M775 wheelset, they come in at 1677g, which will be much lighter than my current set, and are tubeless compatible. I have found a set for sale online in Japan for 42,000yen, or about $400USD which seems quite good.



For the fork, I was thinking of a 2007 Marzocchi XC 700 SL. It is very light, although it is only 130mm travel. I choose this fork because it is a bit cheaper (being 2007), has TST2 and ATA and finally because it looks sweet.

My frame is spec'd as being 150mm rear travel.

Is it ok to have a bit less travel up front? I would pump the DHX air up to stiffen it when paired up with the lighter fork.

So what do you think of these choices? What do you suggest?

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Old 11-25-08, 08:31 AM
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I think you may want to consider an adjustable travel fork such as ATA, U-Turn, or TALAS.
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Old 11-25-08, 09:48 AM
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I am aren't I?

The xc700 sl is ata isn't it??

It comes in at 1800g, which seems really light to me, how well will it match my frame? Having 20mm less travel!
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Ive got a set of 06 XT's that have been plenty tough for XC riding in Kansas. Wouldn't recommend them for any kind of jumping though. And that 1677 grams was over 1800 on my set. If I had it to do over again I would go a different route. American classics can be had (Over here on Ebay) for that price range, and actually are under 1500 grams
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FYI, dunno anything about them but JensonUSA has Easton XC One Disc wheels on sale for $349 (retail: $700). They claim to be 1590g. I love my Easton road wheels and the price seems pretty attractive but worry about durability given how light they are...
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Old 11-25-08, 06:30 PM
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Wheelset weight difference from shimano spec could be because they usually list the weight without skewers! So 1677g + 130g skewer set = about 1800g.

I have seen those wheels on jensonusa. Shipping to japan will boost the price higher than I can get the m775's which have free shipping inside japan.

Can you help me with the fork? That is what I need the most help with the decision. Like about my question of using a 130mm fork when I have 150mm rear travel.
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Like about my question of using a 130mm fork when I have 150mm rear travel.
Irrelevant, as long as the geometry doesn't change too much. Plenty of DH bikes come with more rear travel than front.

I'd say that you'll most likely be moving into a more aggressive XC position with a shorter travel fork, unless the axle-to-crown height is super dumb on the fork you choose.
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Irrelevant, as long as the geometry doesn't change too much. Plenty of DH bikes come with more rear travel than front.

I'd say that you'll most likely be moving into a more aggressive XC position with a shorter travel fork, unless the axle-to-crown height is super dumb on the fork you choose.
Which is usually the case with Marzocchi's.
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Super dumb as in too tall?

The 66RC I have on it at the moment is soooooo tall, you can see how slack my head angle is in my sig photo. It makes long distance riding uncomfortable as I get lower back ache (I do raise the seat up to the correct length). So more aggressive would be good.

My ideal situation would be to have a fork and wheels for xc long distance riding and swap over to my current set for DH ski park days.

Do u think the 2007 700xc SL is a good shock? To make my enduro more XC? I am planning on selling my Bianchi Pista to finance the parts, so I want to get as much fork for my money. So probably looking at about 300 for the fork. What other options do you reccomend in that price frame?
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Opps, wrong signiture photo!!
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So, the fork you're talking about. You may get the ATA version, but the 130 mm is the top end of the travel range right?

I was thinking more like a fork with the travel range of 120mm to 160mm, like the 55ATA, for example (IIRC).
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Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
So, the fork you're talking about. You may get the ATA version, but the 130 mm is the top end of the travel range right?

I was thinking more like a fork with the travel range of 120mm to 160mm, like the 55ATA, for example (IIRC).
Hey there Mr. BenLi. Seems like you are onto a good idea. I was thinking that the 66RC on it is awesome with it's 170mm travel. And it is, but as I have been feeling, it limits the abilities of the bike in long rides and up hills.

I have been looking at the 55 ATA forks and the 08 model with 165mm travel, which can be wound down to 125mm and it's Micro TST for adjusting softness sounds just the ticket! All with a weight of 4.64lbs is fantastic compared to the 6lbs of my 66RC.

I think this shock will be able to completely replace the 66 for DH duties (I like to go fast over tecnical stuff, but don't hit big jumps). And be controlable enough to tune down for XC duties.

No need for a new wheelset either I think!

JensonUSA seems to have a sale on at the moment too!!!

sweet! Thanks for the idea!
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