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    2001 Giant NRS1 or 2006 Commencal Meta 5.4

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    colour Race Yellow/Black
    frame ALUXX SL super-light butted aluminum
    fork Rockshox SID XC - 80mm travel
    derailleur Front: Shimano Deore 34.9
    Rear: Shimano XT 9 spd.
    derailleurshifters Shimano Deore 9 spd.
    bottombracket Shimano UN72 68 x 113
    chain KMC Z9200

    handlebar Easton Carbon Monkeylite hi-rise - Upgrade
    stem Titec Fast-Al
    headset Cane Creek ZS2 threadless 1 1/8"
    grips Cane Creek Lock Ons - Upgrade
    brakes Hayes Nine Hydraulic Disc - Upgrade
    saddle Selle Italia Flite - Upgrade
    seatpost Race Face Prodigy 27.2 x 350 Black
    rims Mavic Crossroc 24h tubeless black
    hubs Mavic Formula SL sealed bear. Blk.anod.24h.
    tyres Hutchinson Python 26 x 1.95
    rearshock Rockshox SID XC with adjustable rebound - 2003 Model - Upgrade
    crankset Raceface Prodigy 22/32/44 175mm
    cassette Shimano XT 11-32 9 spd.

    Commencal

    Hayes hydraulic disc brakes, SRAM/Truvativ drivetrain, Fox rear shock and a Marzocchi AM2 fork.

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    Get the Meta. The NRS is old, and the no-sag suspension idea blows, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurenlex
    Get the Meta. The NRS is old, and the no-sag suspension idea blows, IMO.
    I don't know anything about the Meta. I do know that the NRS was a world class XC racer. Some people might feel like the no sag suspension blows, others may love it for its raceability. I enjoyed it for a few years, but when I found that I wasn't racing anymore, I wanted something more active.

    More to the point, those NRS frame were very light, and they had a tendancy to break even when they were new. Not a big deal beacuse Giant was AWESOME with warranties. But for you, it is a big deal because you won't have a warranty. Further, any 7 year old full suspension frame would have its own set of risks. The bushings on the NRS wore pretty quickly; I found myself replacing them more than every other year. The bearings lasted a bit longer, but they needed replacing too. Who knows the condition of the bushings and bearings on that bike? And those frames also tended to develop play in the rear triangle, especially under heavier riders. In fact the NRS wasn't recomended for anybody over 200 lbs. Are you over 200 lbs? Was the former owner?

    I'm not bashing the NRS; I loved mine for about 6 years (actually I had two - the first one cracked and was replaced under warranty. when the second one cracked, I didn't even pursue warranty because I was ready for something new). But I don't think I'd take a 7 year old NRS if it was given to me free.
    Quote Originally Posted by trogdor
    I think everyone who wears a helmit should carry around an old crank arm, then when you see someone without a helmit on, give them a good wack in the head. That'll teach them to flaut their helmit-less noggins out in public.

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    I was thinking the same actually. I think Im going the Mata route, I left out the specs, but seems to already have some goodies as well. Thanks for the great input!

    Specs:

    Frame: Meta 5.40, 5" rear travel (130mm), size Large

    Rear Shock: Fox Float R with Pro-Pedal

    Fork: Marzocchi AM 2, 5" travel (130mm)

    Stem: Commencal Forged, 70mm reach, 7 degree rise

    Handlebar: Commencal medium-rise, 25.4mm clamp area, 6061 aluminum

    Grips: Commencal Kraton

    Levers: Hayes HFX 9

    Brakes: Hayes HFX 9 7" (F) / 6" (R)

    Shifters: SRAM X7 trigger (3x9)

    Front Der: Shimano Deore

    Rear Der: SRAM X7

    Crankset: TruVativ Firex (22x32x44) with Giga X Pipe external sealed bearing BB

    Seatpost: Commencal 31.6 w/ micro-adjust

    Saddle: Planet Bike

    Hubs: Commencal Disc 321, 6 bolt disc hubs

    Rims: Sun Ringle SOS

    Tires: IRC FreedomCross Trailbear, 2.50 (F) / 2.50 (R)

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