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  1. #1
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    Access XCL or Generic Chinese carbon ? Which one should I go with.

    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.


  2. #2
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    Re: Access XCL or Generic Chinese carbon ? Which one should I go with.

    So you can walk backwards pretty well? I would go for the carbon. It will satisfy the bike lust longer than keeping the access.
    South Central PA

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    I guess you get the name. Penn Stater? I think you're right in the long run. Even if it might not be the more practical move, probably result in less upgrading etc over time.

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    As someone who just built a Chinese carbon with rigid fork I say go with the carbon. The frame is every bit as good as a $1500 name brand frame.

  5. #5
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    access made a stealth frame. performance closed them out super cheap so if some is selling theirs the price should be low. I just bought one used with full xt for 1200. you can also find flyxii or hongfu frames on craigslist. a person in tempe is selling one for $195

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    My Access frame handled like crap. No matter how it was set up it handled like a tractor trailer.

    I'd definitely lean towards the carbon if it's got better geometry.

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