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
SLX front deraileur
Old Parts getting swapped:
Easton EA70 stem and bars
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.
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.
Originally Posted by RSabarese
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.
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.
Originally Posted by RSabarese
So I'll shoot for 190 lbs and see.
I just cant leave well enough alone... I have an M770 crankset and an M772 rear derailleur on their way.
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...
Last edited by Aresab; 07-21-2011 at 05:30 PM.
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!
ďPeople fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death." JM
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.
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
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:
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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