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    Leaping Headfirst into a SS

    I've been racing XC for 4 years now (Expert 1 year) and need something different. I want to build a SS and race it at selected events and maybe even a 12 hour race or two. I'm not 100% sure what I want. I'm thinking about a titanium hardtail, but I don't know about the BB (regular or EBB), brakes (regular or disk), dropouts (horizontal or vertical). I need some advice.

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    Leap buttfirst instead

    No seriously, go EBB/vert drop, disc IMO. Either that or traditional dropouts/V-brake. But don't mix 'em up. Discs belong with EBBs/vert drops. V-brakes? They belong on commuters.

    That's one 190# guy's experience/opinion anyway.

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    I say sliding dropouts and disc brakes on a nice steel frame. Kona, Voodoo, or go custom with Cocconino Cycles. Steve can build you a fully tricked out fillet brazed sliding dropout frame for under $900. For a custom EBB SS go with Vulture Cycles.
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    Second the sliding droputs on a nice steel frame and off course disk brakes.

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    Or get the geared frame of your choice with an ENO excentric rear wheel, if you don't mind the useless cable mounts. If after a few years of service you feel like retiring the frame, chances of making a friend happy with it to start riding on, is greater. And you have a geared-ready backup frame riding around, just-in-case.
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    Zion EBB from Jenson

    I say buy a Zion EBB frame from Jenson for $425. It is a very reasonable price for an 853 steel EBB frame. You can run it with V brakes or disc brakes, and it even has a der. hanger if you want to run gears to mix it up. The only downside is it's a little heavy. Plus, I've been waiting to read a ride report on this frame! Good luck with whatever you do!

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    No seriously, go EBB/vert drop, disc IMO. Either that or traditional dropouts/V-brake. But don't mix 'em up. Discs belong with EBBs/vert drops. V-brakes? They belong on commuters.

    That's one 190# guy's experience/opinion anyway.

    --Sparty

    You only weigh 190#? OOOOO Kaaaaaaayyyy...

    as for the original question, so much depends on where you ride and race as to EBB and disc or regular and V.

    Will you stay with SS? From your post it sounds like you are a prime candidate for going SS all the time. And maybe even rigid frame/fork too.

    If you ride lots of wet trails then disc brakes. Kona and Bianchi make a nice SS disc frame with regular BB. Vulture and others make EXCELLENT custom disc frames with EBB. If you haven't had a custom frame made for you, now might be the time to do it. I did not think it would make much of a difference. I makes a HUGE difference, and I thought my non-custom frame was great, the custom Vulture is spectacular from a riding standpoint (pun intended).

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by red-haze.com
    You only weigh 190#? OOOOO Kaaaaaaayyyy...
    190# in the off-season. ~183# when I get to ride as much as I want. New Year's resolution time starts in about a week... I hope to be back under 185# before spring BC.

    See you then, Bob. But hopefully before as well. When is Harmonic Convergence this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL
    ... and off course disk brakes.
    Disc brakes help keep me ON course.
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