2001 Giant NRS1 or 2006 Commencal Meta 5.4
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.
Hayes hydraulic disc brakes, SRAM/Truvativ drivetrain, Fox rear shock and a Marzocchi AM2 fork.
Get the Meta. The NRS is old, and the no-sag suspension idea blows, IMO.
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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.
Originally Posted by laurenlex
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.
Originally Posted by trogdor
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!
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)