Extreme Makevover - 2001 Rocky Element
Hi group, thanks for looking. I am at the point with my 2001 Rocky Mountain Element Race to decide whether to
a) Take the useful parts off this bike and attach it to a new steed;
b) Keep the current setup and upgrade a variety of parts;
c) Purchase an all new bike.
Money of course is an issue. This bike is for all round XC riding on Canada's West coast, e.g. Whistler and Squamish singletrack, plus some gentler North Shore rides. it is my only bike for local citizen class races
The current bike setup, plus some comments:
1) Aluminum frame; 3" travel front and back. Single pivot. A good climber, average descender. Seems to shake and rattle on fast descents (pivots are fine). Total current weight is about 26.5 pounds.
2) Marzocchi Z.2 atom sport, 80mm air/oil - low maintenance and reasonably stiff, no lockout;
3) Fox Float/R without lockout;
4) Deore disk brakes - not sure what an upgrade buys other than a few less grams;
5) ZTR 355.1 Olympic rims on DT Swiss hubs, tubeless compatible. These are the shiniest parts of the bike. Very light and so far reliable.
6) XT/LX shifter group with a Raceface Prodigy crankset;
7) Time ATAC XS pedals.
Any thoughts? What would give the biggest bank for the buck? This bike will never be an all mountain ride, I know. A longer fork voids the frame warranty so there is a llimit to what can be done there- maybe an extension to 100mm.
I appreciate any wise words you might have on the topic.
Thanks for the replies Gentlemen
I've never used the forums before - thanks for your advice!