I have an Access XCL frame. I've been happy with it. It's gotten great reviews, relatively light weight around 3.34lbs for the medium. I have a decent On-one carbon rigid fork on it and a decent set of Velocity VCX wheels. I run it as a 1x9, it is fairly minimilist and fine, but while it's fun to ride, it doesn't give me that warm fuzzy feeling when I see it that I get when I see my custom painted, top-end cervelo road bike. It is a plain workhorse.
I've been flirting with the idea of getting the Ltk-023 chinese carbon frame, which has gotten great reviews as well and is dead sexy and light. I'm on a budget after moving into a new house and with the wife pushing for a new patio, my funds are not endless.
My choices are:
1. Keep the Access. Strip off the black paint with large "ACCESS" label and go raw. Upgrade to a used niner rigid fork about 1lb lighter than what I have for $250 and maybe a sharper wheelset, like the Easton EA 70 XC wheelset to jazz it up and lighten it up for another $300.
2. Chinese carbon frame, with matching carbon rigid fork. Frame drops 1lb as does the fork. Cost $500. Keep wheels and other components to put on the chinese frame.
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