To build up a slightly modified AM/XC MTB.
Right now, I'm going to go with a HiFi Deluxe, but am going to test a Roscoe I.
I want to get the Roscoe I because of it's cutting edge technology which seems to be the future of MTBing.
But, I've yet to test one, so I'll hold my judgement till then.
5" Full Suspension MTB from a reputable manufacturer with great local service and warranty.
25 pounds build weight when finished.
The HiFi is easy to get there, but the Roscoe will definitely be a challenge.
I believe the Roscoe to be the stronger of the two naturally.
I know I will give up some of the HiFi's quickeness,
but I'm willing to give that up if the Roscoe is as good as it's made out to be.
What I don't want is to make either bike weaker in the pursuit to lighten either up.
Either bike will get crank/pedal/front der/bar ends/grips/saddles/carbon seat posts/tubless Kenda's (2.1/2.35 Small Block 8/Nevegal combos)/remote fork lockout in a Stage I upgrade.
The Stage II upgrade will be the wheelset.
And, if it becomes my "it" bike, a Stage III upgrade will be with full XTR/XO Drivetrain, Elixir CR's and Roscoe III Fork/Shock.
I know The HiFi Deluxe will make it to the 25lb. mark by the first upgrade.
I "hope" the Roscoe will make it by the 2nd stage of upgrade.
One more thing and this is the most important thing:
I want this bike to be something that I can take on trips around the world with reliable performance, that would be able to take whatever conditions/weather I come across.
I want it to be comfortable for all day Epic Rides.
I want it to be strong.
I'd be happy with a sub-28lb. Roscoe built-up if I will have the stronger bike.
Have you been to HighBridge....? I hope to go there once the weather warms up
Highbridge was my 2nd ride in 10 years.
I went there in all my MTB Nubeness and rode it after riding across the George Washington Bridge (6 miles "to" Highbridge), rode the 4.5 mile trail (twice!) with Timberland hiking boots and NO helmet on a stock 2007 Gary Fisher Opie (hardtail dirt jumper).
Talk about a hair raising experience. The guys there were soooo cool with me and they were patient with me. My 2nd go round I didn't have to stop once.
I rode home another 6 miles (for a total of about 21 miles that day) and after taking a shower, hit the sack at 6:00PM. I woke up the next day. I slept like a rock!
It is a very technical trail. Don't let the location fool you. If you're coming with a hardtail, prepare yourself for a very, very longgg day.
I'll definitely be hitting it again, but next time, with my Roscoe and fully geared up with "real" MTBing gear
(shorts, jersey, gloves, helmet, Camelbak, tools, clipless MTB shoes, etc...).
I'm going to stand at that trailhead and yell at it just before I enter: