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Old 02-04-05, 05:44 AM
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Putting together a new bike: need input

I'm putting together a new bike made to last for more than a year or two. My previous "Scott Racing Elite" is beginning to fall to pieces after several thousand kms of hard riding. I'm planning on several XC races this year. As well, I'm living in South Korea at the moment so I don't have the chances to get stuff "cheap on e-bay" Here's what I was thinking but I would appreciate knowledgeable input:

Frame: Rocky Mountain Vertex TSc (Scandium)
Forks: Marzocchi Marathon SL
Wheels: Mavic Crossland disc
Drive Train: XT all around
Brakes: XT disc
Headset: King
Bars: Easton Scandium
Pedals: ???
Seatpost: ???
Stem: ???
Spokes:????
Saddle: Velo Ti/Chr
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Old 02-04-05, 05:53 AM
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What kind of budget are you working with? how big are you? do you have preferences?
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As to budget I don't care too much. but as I said I don't have the shoppping options so I'm looking at about $4000 for the above mentioned and don't want to go too much higher lest my wife have to take a second job.
Am about 168 pounds (75KGs) and 5'11" (177 cm)
Being Canadian I really like the Rocky Mountain with the Canadian paint job but besides that I'm open to better options on the bike.
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Personally i would swap out the drivetrain with SRAM stuff, my x.7 is super smooth. I like it much more than the shimano stuff, and its cheaper
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Old 02-04-05, 07:30 AM
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Pedals: Time A.T.A.C. or Crank Bros.
Seatpost: Thomson Elite (there is none better - last post you'll ever need)
Stem: Thomson or Truvative or Easton
Spokes: DT Swiss or Wheelsmith

Since you're Canadian, why not get some Race Face cranks!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Zeggelaar
I'm putting together a new bike made to last for more than a year or two. My previous "Scott Racing Elite" is beginning to fall to pieces after several thousand kms of hard riding. I'm planning on several XC races this year. As well, I'm living in South Korea at the moment so I don't have the chances to get stuff "cheap on e-bay" Here's what I was thinking but I would appreciate knowledgeable input:

Frame: Rocky Mountain Vertex TSc (Scandium)
Forks: Marzocchi Marathon SL
Wheels: Mavic Crossland disc
Drive Train: XT all around
Brakes: XT disc
Headset: King
Bars: Easton Scandium
Pedals: ???
Seatpost: ???
Stem: ???
Spokes:????
Saddle: Velo Ti/Chr

I'd seriously look into an Element frame. They're super efficient and plush. You're most likely going to be a bit faster over an entire race because the bike takes a lot of beating instead of your body.

At least take one out for a long test ride before you go with the hardtail

Fork, I'd consider the Marathon Race. It only has 80mm of travel, but for XC racing, it should be an excellent choice.

Sounds like you picked out some good parts, and I dont need to comment on those
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Old 02-04-05, 11:45 AM
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I second the Marathon Race, it's a lot lighter than the SL and 80mm should be perfect for the Vertex TeamSC. As for wheels, I have the Crossland's on my 02 RM Trailhead, they're great BUDGET wheels. That said, for a frame like the TeamSC I'd go with something lighter, like a custom 717 + dt supercomp + Hugi or a Crossmax SL.

I agree with a2psyklnut as well, a Canadian classic like the RM Vertex NEEDS a full compliment of Raceface gear. I've just got a RF Next flat bar and RF Next seatpost, haven't ridden them yet but they are jewlerly! Plus they are light and have a LIFETIME warrantee, can't go wrong imo. The new Deus stem is superlight, and comes with a slick faceplate... although I like the looks of the old machined Deus better. For cranks Deus is also a great choise, 40g more than XTR for less than 1/2 the cash and they look awsome, seems like a no brainer for me.

For the saddle, unless the one you mentioned realllly works for you I'd look into an SLR XC @180g.

Most important thing... POST SOME PICS of the build!!!
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Old 02-04-05, 01:55 PM
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I agree on the crank brothers. Candy SL's are the best pedals i have tried
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time,thomson,thomsom and dt swiss
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Well one thing with DT swiss is that they come in large packs, wheelsmith spokes come in smaller packs. I get my spokes frm http://www.icyclesusa.com and they are sold individually, but wheelsmith is nice stuff i think.
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