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    Less is more? UGI Content

    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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    The CCDB will help you out a lot on the climbs. That shock is much more efficient and tunable. The 321's are pretty heavy too. I was running those for a short amount of time before my 5.1's and the weight drop in wheels made a huge difference. Which tires are you using?

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    WTB MotoRaptors in 2.4. Thing about the 321s is that yeah, they're heavy, but in 2.5 years of heavy use with botched landings, baby-head impacts, etc., they've never needed truing. Not once. The Crossmaxes on the Moots, however...

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    The RS Pike and Lyrik seem to be a popular fork. I also think you could shave some weight buy rebuilding those wheels with the 5.1s, XM719 or AeroHeats.

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    Nope, looking at it wrong. Sorry.

    The answer is pretty simple and with two slightly different flavors - El Fuego or Salty.

    It's time for a dedicated XC machine.

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    Ah, the divorce option. Yes, I hadn't considered that approach yet. Of course there is always the man-up-and-develop more leg option too...

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