So I have my X-5/6 rigged up fairly burly: Saint crank, Marz Z1FR w/ steel steering tube, DHX5 coil, Louise FRs, King/Mavic 321s, and it is great for DH runs, etc., but does tip the scales somewhat north of 19kg according to my LBS' scale. Lately I have noticed that I am taking my Moots YBB out more and more, mostly because it is such a joy to pedal uphill, though it does jar my fillings loose going down with the Marz Marathon Race 80mm fork.
I'd say at this point I take the Moots out 90% of the time. It used to be the Ventana went out 80%... Recently I did a four-hour heavy-uphill loop on the Moots one day, waited a couple of days and took the Ventana on the same loop just to see how it compared--it took half an hour more and I was dead tired when I rolled home. Part of it is 5" of squish vs the YBBs 1" travel in the rear for sure, but the X just felt ponderous compared to the Moots uphill.
I have no intention of changing out the King/Mavic wheelset on the Ventana, but am looking into changing out the fork, crank, and shock. I am thinking about an XTR crank to match the rest of the drivetrain, perhaps a CCDB shock, and no idea about the fork. Comments? I'd hardly consider myself a weight weenie, it's more that the trails I am riding now just don't require such a heavy rig. Well, that and it's been two and a half years since I've had any serious UGI.
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