This is my first build, a Cotic Soul. I'm 5'9", 160 lb geared up, and I like to think I ride pretty smooth (read: haven't broken many parts), so I felt I could go rather lightweight on the build without too much risk. I'm not done, but this got me up and riding. Here is the spec:
Frame: 2010 Cotic Soul (M)
Fork: 2011 Fox 32 RL120 - QR
Wheels: Hope Hoops - Pro2 to Stan's Crest w/ Salsa Skewers
Tires: Weirwolf Race Front/MotoRaptor Race Rear
Stem/Seatpost: Thomson 70mm and 400mm
Drivetrain: X9 shifters/rear and XT front
Brakes: Formula RX w/ R1 Rotors
Saddle: Charge Spoon
Grips: ODI Crosstrainer
Bar: Titec Hellbent 660mm
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1) I re-used my 660mm bar to get a better feeling for what length to get. I'm leaning towards ~710mm length. My top choices are Haven or Chromag Acute. Any thoughts?
2) I went with the QR fork as it was so cheap, I couldn't pass it up. I'm coming from a HeadShok, which although minimal in travel, is as stiff as they come. I haven't noticed any flex on the first three rides, 1 of which included what was effectively a 5 mile rock garden. I'm thinking of converting to a 9mm thruaxle. The only negative I've heard on the DT RWS is that it can ruin the fork dropouts. There's also the Hadley, which isn't QR, or Fireeye, which Chain Reaction Cycles sells. Any thoughts?
3) I hate the routing of the computer cable. Any thoughts on better methods aside from buying a wireless?
4) I dislike the Motoraptor in the back, so am thinking of moving the Weirwolf back there and getting a Bronson up front. Anyone run a Weirwolf in the back and have an opinion?
Feel free to insult the build as not AM enough. Compared to my Cannondale F4 with 80mm of travel which I've ridden on everything, this is immensely slacker and tougher.
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