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    KHS 656 XC... ready to start building

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    So, just got this baby in, looking for some thoughts, and advice/opinions. Don't hold anything back.

    So, I'm not sure how much typical F/S frames weigh, but this is a 650 Small frame, weighed in at 3300g, including rear shock, which I found weighed at 218g. So final frame weight at 3082g (6.79 lbs) How do you feel about this weight?

    Build Forethought. I am a XC rider (Texas), not much hill or anything, and I would like to get into racing, eventually. I was thinking of this possible setup:
    Crankset/BB - SLX
    R Der : XT Shadow +
    F Der : SLX
    Chain : HG94 (XT)
    Cassette : SLX
    Shifters : XT
    Brake kit : SLX
    Rotor : XT Ice (not sure size)
    Wheels : WTB i23
    Tires : WTB ...

    What do you think about that setup, also, what recommmendation on rotor size for xc? 160 front? 140 rear?

    Any wheel and tire recommendations?
    Handlebars, stem, seatpost, all that I will go carbon eventually, not real worried about it at the moment. Good start for xc and beginner race setup? Please let me know your thoughts, thanks

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    If you plan on keeping this bike for a long time I would go ahead and get the XT brakes as well, I had them on my Spec Epic and loved them, enough that it was a huge reason why I bought the Giant Anthem Advance 27.5-1 instead of the 27.5-0 model.

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    Consider 1 x 10

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    Like jrsbike I'd look into 1x10 it will save a decent amount of weight. I'd also wouldn't worry about the Icetech rotors either, just a standard 160/140 rotor set up would work fine but I would step up to the xt brakes.

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    I have the icetech rotors and love them, new bike came with 160mm and I still have my 180mm. They seem to bed in faster and have a more consistent braking force over the other rotors. They really are not that much more than some of the other brands as well.

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    Why xt brakes vs slx? Everywhere I have read said the only thing better about the xt brakes is the icetech rotor. Also, I will be taking the bike to washington with me next year, I don't know that 1x10 will do up there.

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    bump?

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