Slowly but surely getting the parts together for an Enduro/Super D racing machine.
Background information: I'm 5'6", 145lbs in racing shape. "Pro" XC racer who likes to have fun going downhill, too. Never owned a bike with more than 100mm of suspension; two 29er HTs and a Giant Anthem X 26er. I've borrowed a Glory DH for extended periods of time, and it was a hoot. Looking to haul ass downhill and crush the uphills on any Super D course, and have fresh legs after the climbs during Enduro races. Building up a super light yet functional (see my physical stats again) bike based on a Santa Cruz Blur LTC frame.
One very serious consideration is wheel size and tire size. My fork, a DT Swiss EXM 150, will accomodate a 650b x 2.25 Nobby Nic. A 2.35 is just a hair too tall. Alternately, I could go with a 26x2.35 and have a normal amount of room to spare. I will use either the chinese carbon 30mm rims, or Arch EXs.
I'm a big fan of larger wheels, but a long travel FS 29er is just too much bike for me. My profession does not allow for physical weakness, but I just feel like it's a lot for a smaller guy to muscle around, particularly at speed. Not to mention, it's also very expensive to build one up at a nice light weight.
So, what to do? 650b and a 2.25, or 26 with some big meats?
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