Hey all - could use some advice, as this is my first bike build.
I mostly enjoy riding on the AM side of XC, but don't have a clue about some current tech:
Fork: I want this bike to be on the light side of things. I'm on a 2006 Caldera right now, and really like the feel, it's just too big for me (for sale, by the way!). The 456 can take a great range of forks, but I don't really want anything more than 130mm travel. Adjustable would be great. I'm seriously limited in choices because I am going to run v-brakes instead of disc (long, boring story). I like the look of the Marz 700 XC SL, but it's a touch on the expensive side. Also, I like the look of the RS Recon, but it seems a touch on the heavy side. Any other ideas / options?
Drivetrain: I'm pretty convinced that a 2X9 w/ bashie is the way to go - something like the Stylo 2.2 RG. Should I be concerned about giving up my big ring? I never use it except on roads... With the 2X9, I think I can get away with a medium cage X9 or X0 rear (sale prices depending, with X9 shifters and XT front der.). Anybody have a negative experience or opinion with this setup?
Thanks for your advice, I really appreciate it...
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