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    2009 XCT525 build

    This is my first KHS and fs bike. I've been riding a Raleigh M600 since 2002. The plan is to swap all the parts from the M600 to the XCT525 (with a couple of others since some stuff wont swap). New parts and frame will be showing up today and tomorrow. I'll hopefully have it built and will ride it this weekend.

    New Parts List:
    2009 XCT525 Frame
    Easton EA50 seatpost
    Salsa seatpost clamp
    Cane Creek ZS-3 headset
    XTR cables/housings
    SLX front deraileur
    bottom bracket

    Old Parts getting swapped:
    Easton EA70 stem and bars
    XT/LX drivetrain
    Deore brakes
    Mavic Crosstrail wheelset
    '11 RS Tora 302

    I'll be weighing the frame and the complete build. I have no idea where it's going to end up at but I'm hoping that it will come in about the same weight as my hardtail.

    The hardtail is going to get stripped, clear powder coated, and used for a SS project down the road.

    Pictures to come.
    Last edited by mungry; 07-26-2011 at 08:09 AM.
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    I've built a few of these for myself and family. I have a Tora 318 SoloAir on my wifes bike. The bike is great, your going to really enjoy it. I'd recommend heading over to the Shock and suspension forum and getting the part number for the Moco cartridge for the Tora 302. You will not be disappointed in how that makes the front-end feel better.

    Looking forward to the Pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSabarese View Post
    I've built a few of these for myself and family. I have a Tora 318 SoloAir on my wifes bike. The bike is great, your going to really enjoy it. I'd recommend heading over to the Shock and suspension forum and getting the part number for the Moco cartridge for the Tora 302. You will not be disappointed in how that makes the front-end feel better.

    Looking forward to the Pics.
    It's already on the to do list. I've heard great things about the mod. I've seen them for about $55-80 online but haven't checked with my LBS yet.
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    Good job!

    I built it up on Saturday while trying to have a garage sale. I got 2 offers for my bikes: 1 for the KHS for $20 and 1 for my '10 Fuji ACR 2.0 for $15...

    Frame weighed 7.5 lbs. (2.5 lbs. more than my hard tail) bringing the bike in at 30 lbs. on the dot. I'll hope to put it on a diet in the future but I believe the most significant weight savings will be by swapping the Tora for something else.

    First Impressions: I like it. I need to play with the air pressure in the shock a bit more. I did a short ride Sunday and found it to be pogo stick-ish. I've got the air pressure set at 200# and the rebound a couple clicks from the slowest (I weigh 225 lbs., so probably around 235-240 with gear). Other than the shock the bike felt great.

    Picture of the bike with my "super organized" work bench



    Complete build specs:

    Finish: Red
    Size: 19" Large
    Weight: 7.5 lbs. (frame with shock), 30 lbs. (complete build)
    Shock: X-Fusion 02, 7.5"x2.0" (190mmx50mm)
    Fork: Rockshox Tora 302 U-Turn 85-130mm travel (Set at 130mm)
    Headset: Cane Creek ZS-3 Zero Stack
    Stem: Easton EA70, 110mm
    Handlebar: Easton EA70
    Grips: Oury Lock On Grips with ODI Lock Jaw Clamps
    Shifters: Shimano LX Mega-9 Rapidfire Levers SL-M571
    Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX FD-M660
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX SGS 9 Speed RD-M570
    Crankset: Shimano XT Hollowtech FC-M751, Triple, 175mm
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-ES51 73x118mm
    Chain: Shimano Durace/XTR 9 Speed Chain
    Freewheel: Shimano XT 9 Speed Cassette CS-M770
    Brake Levers: Shimano Deore Hydraulic BL-M525
    Brakes: Shimano Deore Hydraulic BR-M525, 160mm Rotors (SM-RT96 Front, SM-RT77 Rear)
    Cables: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: Stelle Italia Shiver Gel Flow Saddle
    Seat Post: Easton EA50
    Seat Post Clamp: Salsa Lip Lock (not pictured)
    Wheelset: Mavic Crosstrail Disc UST
    Tires: WTB Weirwolf Race UST, 2.1
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    Looks like a very good build! Since we are similar in size (I'm 6'0 and approx 230lbs) and have the same frame (20" as well), I am running 190 PSI in the shock, the rebound in middle of the range. My drivetrain is LX/SLX and plain deore Shadow. I have a 20mm RS Recon 140mm Soloair and a hydro seatpost. If you get the chance, I'd recommend a shorter stem, I run 85mm. I find the bike pretty plush. In reviews for similar models, the shock ramps up at the end and I don't ever recall bottoming out. I ride this bike or my Jamis Dakar XLT, which I have set up the same way and almost identical parts spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSabarese View Post
    I am running 190 PSI in the shock, the rebound in middle of the range.
    Thanks for the compliment on the build. I went by my LBS today and they suggested setting it at 20% less than the rider's weight... so right around 188-192 lbs.

    So I'll shoot for 190 lbs and see.
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    I just cant leave well enough alone... I have an M770 crankset and an M772 rear derailleur on their way.
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    Funny... I use a Deore Shadow derailleur, it does not bang on the chainstay and shifts more crisp than my XT or LX non Shadow. Your going to really like the Shadow...
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    Nice bike. I have been beating my to death and it keeps on trucking. Great bikes, good handling, good for climbing, and stable on the turns. It amazes me how cheap these damn frames are! I paid $299 for my 2008 XCT535 frame!
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    So I've dropped the air pressure to 190# and it feels about right now.

    I'm still loving the bike. No complaints so far.
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    I weigh just a few pounds less than you and am running my rear shock at 175# really feels about right for me, Fun bike glad I picked it up, post up some pics in action

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    Update

    Not that anyone cares but after having it for a couple of seasons I've made some observations/changes

    1.) I found that with the 110mm stem that I swapped from my other bike and the 130mm fork that down hills were not confidence inspiring. With my SS needing a new fork I figured that it was an excuse to buy a new fork for the 525 and install a shorter stem. Now with a 150mm fork and 90mm stem the bike has a 70* HA and feels much better when pointed down the hill. It traded off some climbing stability but I like where Iíve ended up.

    2.) The more that I rode the bike the more I felt like the rear shock was too stiff. In order to get better small bump compliance I needed to set the sag at about 50%... which led me to think that it would kill with a platform shock. So I got one of those too.

    3.) Now that I was melting my credit card I bought a Joplin (LBS had one they were closing out for $100!), new XT M785 brakes, and XT shifters.

    I made most of these changes all around the same time so itís hard to tell what changed what. I do think that Iíve built a better bike for the way I ride. My next changes will be a bashguard and new rubber once these are totally worn out.

    Current build specs:

    Finish: Red
    Size: 19" Large
    Weight: 7.5 lbs. (frame with shock), 28 lbs. (complete build)
    Shock: RS Monarch RT3 (190mmx50mm, FYI bushings are M8x22.2 and M8x36)
    Fork: RS Sektor RL 150mm
    Headset: Cane Creek ZS-3 Zero Stack
    Stem: Titec, 90mm
    Handlebar: Easton EA70
    Grips: Oury Lock On Grips with ODI Lock Jaw Clamps
    Shifters: Shimano XTMega-9 Rapidfire Levers SL-M770
    Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX FD-M660
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT 9 Speed RD-M772
    Crankset: Shimano XT Hollowtech FC-M770, Triple, 175mm
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-ES51 73x118mm
    Chain: Shimano Durace/XTR 9 Speed Chain
    Freewheel: Shimano XT 9 Speed Cassette CS-M770
    Brake Levers: Shimano XT Hydraulic BL-M785 (not pictured)
    Brakes: Shimano XT Hydraulic BR-M785 (not pictured), 160mm Rotors (SM-RT81)
    Cables: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: San Marco Ponza
    Seat Post: Crank Brotherís Joplin 4R (remote not pictured
    Seat Post Clamp: Salsa Lip Lock
    Wheelset: Mavic Crosstrail Disc UST
    Tires: WTB Weirwolf Race UST, 2.1

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