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    F29 3 Carbon mods underway - advice?

    Purchased my F29 3 carbon in February. I cannot say enough great things about this bike, it's just freaking amazing. So far, I've converted to tubeless and added XT brakes (made a world of difference over the Elixirs). Just ordered a Chris King rear hub and Bontrager Race X Lite bars. Questions...should I build up the wheels with new rims? The Stans Arch EX weight more than the WTB's on there, I'm too heavy for Crests so I'm leaning towards staying stock for now. Thoughts? Also considering a new crankset down the road and am leaning towards Shiamano Saint...opinions welcome on that one too. Will upload pics once I have more to show.
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    The F29 frame is BB30. To use a Shimano crank, you'll need to install an adapter. Save up for a Hollowgram crankset.

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    Why Saint? Little bit overkill for a bike like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Why Saint? Little bit overkill for a bike like that.
    My understanding was the Saint was a little more durable than XT and better for DH. That said, the BB30 comment above is correct...Hollowgram SL would be my top choice if I can score a good deal.

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    Unless you're north of 300 lbs., there's absolutely no need for Saints on a carbon Flash.
    If you're looking to burly up this bike, you're barking up the wrong tree!
    Hollowgrams are nice, XTs are nice as well. I probably wouldn't worry about cranks for a while, since you won't get a huge benefit from upgrading.
    If you're concerned about the durability of the wheels, and are a bigger rider, maybe consider the WTB i23s- 4mm wider internally than the stock i19s. Personally, I'll be sticking with the stock i19s when I get my F29.

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    Ok we're talking DH and the topic is realted to a bike that it's light years away from a mere DH concept.

    OEM crank is just fine IMHO, I've just replaced it with a silver Sram X0 but it's been something more of a "looking cool factor" thing rather than real need. Ok,lost 300gr and felt a better power transfer actually.
    Again,save your money for something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Unless you're north of 300 lbs., there's absolutely no need for Saints on a carbon Flash.
    If you're looking to burly up this bike, you're barking up the wrong tree!
    Hollowgrams are nice, XTs are nice as well. I probably wouldn't worry about cranks for a while, since you won't get a huge benefit from upgrading.
    If you're concerned about the durability of the wheels, and are a bigger rider, maybe consider the WTB i23s- 4mm wider internally than the stock i19s. Personally, I'll be sticking with the stock i19s when I get my F29.

    Los
    The i19s actually feel pretty good - I'm going to stick with them for now. I'm a bigger rider but not 300 bills (more like 210). I appreciate the responses, if for no other reason than that you all saved me hundreds of dollars by easing my addiction! Seriously, I always appreciate the feedback.

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    Oh, and if you do decide you want upgrade cranks down the road to Shimanos or another 24mm spindled crankset, there's now Chris King BB30 options.

    I think at your weight (I'm only about 20 lbs. behind you...) the i19s should hold up just fine for a while. Just make sure that you find a reputable wheelbuilder and you'll be fine!

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    Well, I am 170#s and ride the stock wheels on a F29 C3. I would say that these rims are for people who are gentle on their bikes. I have had to straighten my wheels a few times and have a pretty good hop that I can't get out.

    I may be tuff on wheels, I like to wheelie, bunny hop, drop alot of curbs and small rocks, ride down stairs, and generally always hoppying around on stuff, and come from a bmx background, but these wheels went out of true almost instantly.

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    • Hollowgrams, XX, X0 or do nothing with the cranks.
    • Mavic Crossmax wheels or stick to stock. (I'm 215lbs). I've seen Arch EX flex under lighter guys.
    • Carbon handle bars.
    • Brakes (you already did this, good choice on XTs)
    • Ride the hell out of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leoferus View Post
    • Hollowgrams, XX, X0 or do nothing with the cranks.
    • Mavic Crossmax wheels or stick to stock. (I'm 215lbs). I've seen Arch EX flex under lighter guys.
    • Carbon handle bars.
    • Brakes (you already did this, good choice on XTs)
    • Ride the hell out of it!
    I'm doin pretty well with riding the hell out of it! Looking at Bontrager Race X Lite carbon bars - good weight to value ratio. I'm pissed, I saw Mavic SLRs with a lefty setup on Craigslist, they were gone 30 mins after listing, I just missed em

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