XT drive train with 11-34 cassette
Fox F80 (tried it at 100, didn't like it and switched it back)
Stan's ZTR wheelset with Arch rims
Tubeless with Maxxis Ardent/fr and Ignitor/rr
Monkeylite carbon xc handle bar
thompson stem and seat post
Avid Elixir brakes 160 rotors
MCR size medium
I'm 5'10 and weigh 205 and this bike has been amazing. I ride it hard and the wheelset has exceeded expectations for a $400 set. I just raced it this past weekend and really abused it and it did great. You're going to LOVE it.
Here's my drop bar rigid MCR. Way fun! The Maxxis CrossMark tires are super versatile for this type of bike. Standard steel Niner fork, XT drive train, Avid BB-7 mountain bike model brakes with Cane Creek levers, Shimano bar-con shifters for the cave man touch. Rides better on the road than it has any right to based on specs and it steamrolls anything on the dirt that isn't TOO gnarly.
This was an early build, it's now sporting a medium cage derailleur with an 11-32 at the rear... but it's itching to go 2x10 with something like a 24/36 and 11-28 for a nice tight range and with a short cage road derailleur... or maybe just 1x9 with a 11-34 at the back... these frames really lend themselves to experimentation.
If you have one of these frames- it's an obvious decision to buy a perfectly matched steel fork for the modest extra cost. If for no other reason than for the guaranteed eventuality that your sus fork will be out of action for an overhaul.
But it's also super practical; it really adds personality to this frame when you want a completely different feel.
Just leave a matching race mounted and it takes 5 minutes to swap forks. Great for sloppy conditions and just generally to have a Whole New Ride to play with.
When set up with a long stem and rigid fork, the ride reminds me of the "Spirit of NORBA circa 1988" but with all the benefits of big hoops. Retro and completely up to date at the same time. Try it!
click on my avitar...Love my Small MCR! So much I am contemplating not building up my Jet9 when it comes in! I have hammered this bike, and it has all the great things a hardtail has to offer, as well as enough compliance to still keep ahead of most of my full susp. buddies, I think mine weighs in at around 25-26lbs with the xt build, 1x9 setup, and crossmax wheels. Oh, running an older style reba up front that has the u turn capability to go from 80 to 100.. I usually run it somewhere in between for most riding.
Here's my MCR that I just recently finished with blue bits. Set-up 1x9.
Medium Rootbeer MCR 9
Fox F29 100mm Fit Remote 15QR
Industry Nine / Arch Wheelset - Tubeless
X.0 Short Cage Derrailleur and X.0 Shifters
Thomson Post and Stem
Chris King Headset
Truvativ Noir SS Crankset
Rocket V Saddle
So far I have some XT/Velocity rims and that is about it. Looking at a 80mm Lefty. Spoke to Jake over at Project321. They have a sick deal for an adapter, wheelset and Lefty. Turns out Project321 is an authorized vendor for Cannondale Headshocks.
Also a couple of guest apperences by my "Merckx" singlespeed and my girlfriend's newly rehabbed Schwinn. She went for her first bike ride in years last Saturday...