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    XC racing with a Prophet SL?

    Hey guys,

    Just wondered if anyone uses a Prophet / Prophet SL for racing? Or is it too heavy?

    I purchased a Prophet SL a while back with the intention of turning it into a lightweight trail / xc bike, and i'm only now getting the parts together.

    Thought that if i could get the weight down (sub 25lbs) then i could use it to race.

    Is this a pipe dream?

    Thanks for any advice.

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    i know that theres a couple people on this forum who race their prophet. Im sure you do fine racing it too.

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    below 25lbs might be a very expensive endeavor, but I'd definitely say it's raceable.

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    Thanks guys.

    And also for the word of warning - I am beginning to realise now that it's an expensive endeavour.

    The only substantial addition outstanding is wheels, and i should be there or thereabouts (hopefully).

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyfriday
    intention of turning it into a lightweight trail / xc bike, and i'm only now getting the parts together.
    Exactly what I tought about, too. I couldnīt find much info on the SL, does it have a shorter shock than the 140mm travel version, and does that also mean a lower bottom bracket?
    Any SL owners that could measure their bb heights (and with what tires)?

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    Why would you?
    The prophet is not ment for XC racing.
    It could be made that way, but why would you?

    A decent hard tail would do the same job with half the cost, and you'll still have the prophet for trails, single track and harder stuff.

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    I don't actually have enough space at home for another bike, so purchasing a hardtail is beyond my means at the moment in that sense. Unfortunately.

    I appreciate that the Prophet isn't intended as a xc bike, but it does have the option of xc geometry and the SL version is a little racier with only 120mm of travel (front and rear).

    I am not hoping to race properly at any advanced level, but just wanted a lightweight trail bike that would pass as an xc one for entering the odd race. It will be essentially a trail bike for me though, and i am making sure that i don't compromise that with xc weight fascinations.

    As stock, it copes just fine but i think upgrading the shock (Fox F120), cranks and drivetrain (Xtr) will certainly add to it's all round performance (xc and trail/singletrack).

    Or at least i hope it does!

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