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    Trek 8500 build help

    Looking to build my first bike and picked up a 2005 Trek 8500 for cheap. It's never been built up. I need some advice on making it as light and quick as possible. It's not going to be beaten on so it doesn't need to be beefy.

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    What are you going to use it for?

    Really, the specific answers are all pretty easy. The general ones are a bit tougher. Do you want multiple gears? Suspension? Those both add weight, but I consider them worth it.
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    The bike isn't going to see very rough terrain. Mainly want to know whether to go with deore xt or sram, reba or sid, a decently light wheelset that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaulding52 View Post
    The bike isn't going to see very rough terrain. Mainly want to know whether to go with deore xt or sram, reba or sid, a decently light wheelset that sort of thing.
    Are you light? If so go with the SID and light wheels, if not Reba. I used to run Shimano but my current ride has SRAM and honestly like it better.

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    Check the weigh wennie forum ,lots of idaes.

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    Idea! Trek 8500 2005 XC build list

    Fyi, I bought a 2005 Trek 8500 brand new frame last Dec in 2012; it took me 5-6 months to figure out & complete. This is my first diy cross country bike, anticipate to be light as possible; yet durable & build even ( hopefully ) good for All Mountain daily use purpose within a reasonable budget; though its not cheap at all, as a fully hard trail XC.

    It is 18lbs+ , I am happy with the climb & good acceration performancein the last ride test. How ?................

    Merida Carbon Front Fork, Controltech Carbon handle bar, Hope EVO Pro2 Hubs / Marvic819X rims, Avid Ultimate Leverage + BB7 brake set & Sram XX1 gear.

    Hope these info help !

    Quote Originally Posted by spaulding52 View Post
    Looking to build my first bike and picked up a 2005 Trek 8500 for cheap. It's never been built up. I need some advice on making it as light and quick as possible. It's not going to be beaten on so it doesn't need to be beefy.

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