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    Building aggressive XC hardtail...

    Hey all - I'm building my first bike, a steel XC hardtail. I'd appreciate advice on the following:

    Crank - thinking of running a 2X9 w/bashie, like the Stylo 2.2 or something. Pros, cons, other options?

    Derailleur - XT front, and probably medium cage X9 rear, unless I can find a deal on an X0. X9 shifters?

    Also, I've seen mostly bad reviews for SRAM cassettes and chains - opinions?

    Thanks much...

    T.

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    What chainrings do you want (tooth count)? Shimano LX and Hone are pretty good cranks, especially for the price.

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    Probably 22/32 front with 11-32 cassette, but I'm thinking about trying 24/34 front, maybe with and 11-34 cassette.

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