A few years ago I built up a Sette Reken hardtail 1x9 as a backup bike. Ended up liking it so much that I sold my 29er and made it my go-to trail bike. For the last few months I'd been eying FS frames and was close to pulling the trigger on a Sette Ace based on my satisfaction with the Reken, good reviews, and a low price point (pun intended). But then I found the 08 XC204 frame on wheelworld.com and decided to give it a try instead.
I swapped over everything that would fit and picked up some used parts to replace what wouldn't. Ended up with the bike you see below.
Fork: Manitou R7 Elite
Brakes: Avid BB7 mechanical disc
Stem: Race Face Evolve XC
Bars: Easton CF (flat)
Cranks: Shimano LX with custom CNC, anodized bash-guard
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
Shifter: Shimano XTR
Saddle: WTB Rocket V Race
Seatpost: Bontrager Sport (damn, this thing is heavy)
Tires: Continental Vapor (front), Kenda SB8 (rear)
I have a few rides on it now with maybe ~40 miles in the saddle. Happy with it so far. It doesn't climb as well as the hardtail but isn't as bad as I was expecting. Steering is a little slower too but I've adjusted already. I also feel like my weight might be too far forward. I'm going to slide the seat back and try a shorter stem so that I can pedal the front up a little easier. I love the way it descends. Still figuring out the shock settings and getting it dialed in.
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