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    Group ratings....

    Opinions wanted on the following group of components:

    Fork:
    RockShox Tora 318 Solo Air 29 Fork

    Crank:
    Shimano M442 44/32/22

    Front Derailleur:
    Shimano Deore

    Rear Derailleur:
    SRAM X.5

    Shifters:
    SRAM X.5

    Cassette:
    SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 speed

    Wheels:
    Shimano M475 disc hubs/Bontrager Ranger disc rims

    Brakeset:
    Avid BB5 mechanical disc w/Avid FR-5 levers

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    Not stellar performers....

    and realatively low end stuff. But serviceable and reasonably durable, and comparatively inexpensive to replace should you trash something. Sounds like a solid mix as long as you aren't expecting Reba, XT/XTR or X0/X9 performance out the components.

    Good Dirt
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    Thanks Squash.

    XC riding shouldn't wreck a bike built with these components then?

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    you could really up your game with X7 shifters and an X9 rear dr

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    Hi Locust,

    I'm considering a HT with these components for under $1000. and upgrades are inevitable.

    But to start out with (XC distance riding), I wanted to know how these component would do.



    Then, once I have begun to break parts, I'd upgrade as needed and change those parts that don't fit "me" right (saddle, bars, grips, pedals, etc...) as desired.
    Last edited by 2ndgen; 07-31-2008 at 11:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    Thanks Squash.

    XC riding shouldn't wreck a bike built with these components then?

    Nope, the components likely won't be as durable as the some of the higher end stuff. But then the higher end you get often times they sacrifice durability for light weight. Shimano XTR stuff is a prime example. The focus is on racing performance and weight. But once you get into "workhorse" groups like XT, X9, LX and X7 the durability goes up. But you won't wreck the bike you are looking at riding XC with the components you have listed. Just ride em till they break and replace/upgrade them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squash
    But you won't wreck the bike you are looking at riding XC with the components you have listed. Just ride em till they break and replace/upgrade them.

    Good Dirt
    Pretty much my plan.

    Thanks for the info.



    So an '09 Gary Fisher Cobia is a sound choice for an Entry-Level 29er HT for XC riding at the $1000. mark?

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    @2ndgen

    that's always a good way to play it

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    Fork:
    RockShox Tora 318 Solo Air 29 Fork
    -I don't like rockshox
    it's an average fork

    Crank:
    Shimano M442 44/32/22
    -lose it. it's extremely heavy, and makes bike look like ****
    i hate it when good bikes have these

    Front Derailleur:
    Shimano Deore
    -careful, the screw that holds the plates together tends to fall off after a while

    Rear Derailleur:
    SRAM X.5

    Shifters:
    SRAM X.5
    ok

    Cassette:
    SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 speed
    ok

    Wheels:
    Shimano M475 disc hubs/Bontrager Ranger disc rims
    decent

    Brakeset:
    Avid BB5 mechanical disc w/Avid FR-5 levers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garlock
    Fork:
    RockShox Tora 318 Solo Air 29 Fork
    -I don't like rockshox
    it's an average fork

    Crank:
    Shimano M442 44/32/22
    -lose it. it's extremely heavy, and makes bike look like ****
    i hate it when good bikes have these
    Probably two most important upgrades right there.

    Crankset is typical $800. bike crank (did the research).
    I'm looking towards a Race Face set (maybe Dues?).

    Fork? Don't know "yet" until I ride it, but I'll see.
    I don't know anything about suspension forks.
    Have to ride it and see what my needs are.

    But again, cranks will be out the window quick.


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