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    My First Build - AM Light

    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
    Headset: King
    BB: XT
    Crank: Hone
    Pedals: Alium
    Drivetrain: X9 shifters/rear and XT front
    Brakes: Formula RX w/ R1 Rotors
    Saddle: Charge Spoon
    Grips: ODI Crosstrainer
    Bar: Titec Hellbent 660mm
    Seatclamp: Hope


    IMAG0099 by smklein38, on Flickr


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    IMAG0104 by smklein38, on Flickr


    IMAG0100 by smklein38, on Flickr

    Couple questions:
    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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    1. Same widths/angles? Chromag.

    2. None. Ride it as is, save for a T/A fork.

    3. Ditch it completely.

    4. Do it. Imo, WW is best insoft & loose, not so hot on hardpack or chunky
    rocks, as the knobs fold too much for my tastes.

    Ride the **** out of that bike.
    Florence Nightingale's Stormtrooper

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    I actually like the Weirwolf. I have Weirwolf 2.1 UST Tire on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Ride it as is, save for a T/A fork.
    +1 for T/A, QR are fork obsolete.

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