Hi all! I would like some advice for selecting parts for a AM/FR hardtail build. I want to use it for AM/FR and occasional dirt jump. I have already bought a NS Surge frame. I chose a hardtail to keep the price down, have less parts that need servicing, and seems suitable for the Belgium/Germany/UK hills where it will be ridden.
Weight should be around 30~35lbs (14~16kg) max. Budget including frame is around $2000 (€1500). I would like to spend money on parts that affect the ride (and safety) such as fork, drivetrain, wheels, breaks, save some money on the rest, and buy used if possible. I'd rather not buy cheaper parts in cases where cheaper also means it needs replacement more often. I have only ridden some XC, so I am not so sure of some choices and combinations of parts for this type of bike.
frame (already bought): NS Surge medium size, a 6lbs (2.7kg) chromo hardtail. I am m 6.3'' (1.92m) tall so the frame might be a bit cramped, but since it will be mainly for going downhill we'll see.
fork (frame has a 1 1/8" headset):
- single crown
- suitable for AM/FR
- travel 150-160mm travel, or 170mm travel that can be lowered to 150mm. Don't need on-the-fly travel switching.
- easy to service and find parts for.
- not too heavy 4.5~5 lbs (2~2.2 kg)
- good adjustability for compression and rebound
- not sure if I need 20 or 15 mm axle versions
I am thinking of the following options
- Rockshox Lyrik rc2DH
- Rockshox Lyrik Solo Air with floodgate removed. Would this be similar to the rc2DH?
- Marzocci 55CR
- X-Fusion Vengeance HLR
Not sure if I want air or coil version of the Lyrik. I like the lower weight of the air, and I assume adjusting travel is easier than coil? I read that downsides of air are progressive of travel and needing more maintenance and tweaking. I haven't really looked into the Fox forks so far.
It appears to me that 1 1/8" standard is being replaced by tapered headsets, so I'd rather buy used than having an expensive new 1 1/8" fork that I can't resell in a few years.
headset (frame has 'standard press-fit 1.125”, 1-1/8” A-head') : FSA/Hope/Chris King? Are there any specific things to look out for?
stem (0 degree rise, short/medium length): NS bikes Quark Pro
handlebar (31.8mm clamp size): something similar to the Chromag Fubar OSX dimensions ( 5° upsweep, 8° backsweep, 1'' rise, 30'' wide) but cheaper ?
grips: ODI Rogue Lock-On Grip (130mm)
wheelset (32 spokes, 3cross lacing): mavic EX721 or + hope II pro, prebuilt from Superstar or save some money with Superstar switch hub. Also Superstar has prebuilt wheels Stans Flow rims. The possibility of notubes seems appealing but I've read mixed experiences about how well the rims hold up for downhill.
rear axle (frame supports 'O.L.D 135 x 10mm') : DT RWS 135mm x 10mm thru or Superstar 10mm Rear QR Through Axle
tyres: Maxxis Minion exo 2.5, single ply front, dual ply back
cranks (175mm): Shimano XTR/Truvativ Hussefelt?
chain device: e13 TRS/SRS depending on whether I choose dual / single ring
chainring set (frame supports 38tmax): 22/36t, 24/36t ring or single 36t ring. I'm not sure how much climbing I want to do, so I may switch to single ring. Brands?
cassette: 10spd 11-36t cassette. SRAM X7/X9/X0?
breaks (hydraulic): Avid Elixir1/X0?
derailleur: medium cage rear, 10spd, front derailleur, SRAM X7/X9/X0? What is a good price-performance balance?
pedals: Superstar nano tech
bottom bracket (frame has euro bb 73mm with ISCG-05 mounts): Superstar
disc rotors (8" front, 6" rear): Superstar ? How useful/necessary is a 'floating' type rotor?
seatpost (frame has 27.2mm diameter): I'd like a long seatpost for the sitting down bits. So Thomson 410mm or Superstar layback 400mm.
other (chain/cables/breakpads/chainprotector/..): whatever I can find cheap.
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