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    A tale of two Guapos - Need some spec advice

    I bought my 2008 El Guapo late in 2009. Me and my buddy built it up and I started my mountain biking journey. A couple years later my wife saw how much fun I was having and wanted to give it a go. I found an amazing deal on a 2009 El Guapo fully built up on pinkbike. Sadly it never became her thing. My 2008 got used all the time while the newer 2009 languished in the garage.

    The turning point came when my wife got pregnant. She finally admitted to herself that mountain biking just isn't her thing and she doesn't think it ever will be. If she does get back into mountain biking in the future, at least she knows she won't need as much bike as the Guapo provides.

    Anyway, we've decided to get rid of one of the bikes, so I'm going to cherry pick the parts that I want most and put them on the 2009 frame. However, there are a couple parts that I'd like some opinions on.

    First, the crankset:
    Shimano SLX vs Raceface Atlas AM.
    Honestly I don't really know anything about Raceface stuff. The SLX is a double circa 2009/2010 with the steel pedal inserts and an e13 bashguard. I understand the new SLX stuff isn't quite as tough as it used to be.

    2nd, the wheels:
    Hope Pro 2 on DT Swiss EX500 rims vs DT Swiss 1750 wheelset
    I love the sound of the Pro 2 and its been a great wheelset, I know nothing of the 1750.


    Here's a side by side of the parts on each. I've underlined the parts I expect to use:
    Bike 1 - Bike 2
    Frame: 2008 Titus El Guapo - 2009 Titus El Guapo
    Fork: 2010 Fox Van R - ?year RockShox Lyric Solo Air
    Shock: Cane Creek DB - Fox Float RP23
    Handlebars: Joystick Analog - Truvativ Hozfeller
    Stem: Raceface Evolve AM - Truvative Race Stylo
    Headset: King 1.125in - King 1.5in
    Seatpost: Thompson Elite - Titec
    Shifters: SRAM X9 - SRAM X0
    Front D: Shimano SLX mid pull - Shimano XT top pull
    Rear D: SRAM X9 - SRAM X0
    Crankset: Shimano SLX - Raceface Atlas AM
    Brakeset: Hope M4 - Avid Juicy Carbon
    Hubs: Hope Pro 2 - DTSwiss 1750
    Rims: DTSwiss EX500 - DTSwiss 1750

    Thanks for any advice/comments you have!

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    Both should be equally tough. Maybe a tad stronger on the SLX but doubt its significant enough.. I'll probably swap the middle rings on both cranks and take the Atlas. Cranks for the look and Shim ring for better shifting

    Wheels' a shoot out. I like the fast rolling Hope but DT is a little more reliable for me in the past.
    (trashed my old Hope II internals -- have a bike with the newer Hope Evo which is said to be stronger but let's see...)

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