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Old 03-25-09, 05:47 PM
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950/2 vs 760

So I am narrowing down my frame choices...Bob Jackson or now leaning towards Thorn Sherpa...

Anyway I have 2 mountain bikes in garage that I never ride. One has a full 950/2 XTR group, the other has a newer, less than 50mile full 760 (XT) group. While I have always been a fan and lusted after the XTR, which of these is a better group the old top-of-the-line XTR or the newer XT? Which is better for my touring bike and why? Thanks for your thoughts.
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Hard to get much out of mountain bikes, so you might keep the one that is harder to get your money out of, assuming they fit the same, geometry is the same, etc.

Otherwise, fit trumps components.
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Hard to get much out of mountain bikes, so you might keep the one that is harder to get your money out of, assuming they fit the same, geometry is the same, etc.
Planning on selling both. My TT frame is going on eBay soon. Someone is coming tomorrow for the Langster. Selling my scooter etc...
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Mostly horses for courses. the XT derailleurs are probably better, wider pivot links now. I prefer 8 speed to 9, so if you're going to keep flat bars for the touring bike I would go with the XTR on the shifters at least. Of course, if I were setting up a flat bar touring bike I would probably use paul thumbies. I've got a 760 HTII crankset on my touring bike. Really nice, but the bearings did seem a little rough last time I had the cranks off. Never faced my BB shell, however, but I never felt any binding in the bearings. The long term durability of HTII bottom brackets still seems to be a question mark, but I'm sure if I reload them with phil bearings they'll be fine enough. Better as is than the first gen octalink on the 950.

But really, either is perfectly fine. You should find other things to worry about.
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