I'm going to pull the trigger on my first FS bike after over 20 years on HTs. I like fast trail riding / XC on the North East's rocky and rooty trails. I also have some 50+ endurance races coming up. I weigh 175 lbs. My current ride is a Large 2011 Cannondale Flash 29er 2 (with X0). I will buy a complete build rather that my own custom build, I've narrowed it down to these two:
1) This Jet9 RDO build at competitive cyclist (XO, EA70 Wheelset, Fox Float 29 120 RLC):
2012 Niner Jet 9 RDO/SRAM X0 Complete Bike - Competitive Cyclist
2) A Cannondale Scalpel 29er 2 (available at my LBS now)
I'm interested in any opinions on the relative merits of the builds, price is almost the same. Gearing on the RDO would need to be changed and the tires.
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