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    2013 Race bikes

    Post up! I'm trying to gather ideas for my bike situation next year. Would love to see some XC and shorter endurance race bikes here.

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    Air9 RDO for XC and Jet9 RDO for endurance or tech XC.

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    Im working on mine.


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    I built this for racing in 2013. I had ordered a Superfly 100 SL but got my deposit back when the shipping date got pushed back past out entire race season. I put it together with a mix of parts some new some old to get started. Now I'm going to start with the XX1 a piece at a time.

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    This:



    and when I'm feelin frisky:


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    SS, Rigid, Ti race bike:
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    My rides:
    Lynskey Ti Pro29 SL singlespeed
    KHS Team 29
    S-Works Roubaix SL3 Dura Ace
    KHS CX 550 cyclocross

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    Mr. Versatility

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    Fast/fun:
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    '12 Scalpel 2
    and a Beargrease:

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    ^ That scalpal looks really long. What size is that? I wish I could afford one, college. Got my eye on a F29 carbon 3 for 2013.

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    Probably because of the bad I phone pic. It's a medium.

    XX cassette
    Easton EC90 seatpost and handlebar
    Magura MT 8 brakes
    Selle Italia SLR kit Carbonio flow saddle
    Enve XC wheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs front and rear.

    Bought the bike used, stock. Then upgraded.

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    Just picked up yesterday. Anthem X Advanced 0 29er. Was 22 lbs without pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    Just picked up yesterday. Anthem X Advanced 0 29er. Was 22 lbs without pedals.

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    That should go fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpoolguy View Post
    That should go fast!
    Yeah the bike should! I just hope that the engine can keep up!

    I've been a single speed racer exclusively for the past 5 years, so racing with gears will be different for me for sure. Although at some point, I may convert this to SS. Ha!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    Just picked up yesterday. Anthem X Advanced 0 29er. Was 22 lbs without pedals.

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    Wow! Looks like a Tallboy competitor. Eager to hear about some rides on it.
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    Yeti big top SS, with student loans and a 2 year old I have to use what I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    Yeah the bike should! I just hope that the engine can keep up!

    I've been a single speed racer exclusively for the past 5 years, so racing with gears will be different for me for sure. Although at some point, I may convert this to SS. Ha!


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    That's funny. I've been riding SS for 4 years and raced the SS open class in Arizona last year. I made the switch to a geared suspension bike this year also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    Just picked up yesterday. Anthem X Advanced 0 29er. Was 22 lbs without pedals.

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    That's quite a change for you. I'm interested to see how quickly your SS climbing style adapts to the FS bike (as someone who stands to climb a lot as well). Adapting to gears will be interesting as well.

    People who are fast tend to be fast on any bike (that fits), so I'm sure you'll do well
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniorPRO View Post
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    Nice rig, Byron. See you out at the January MTB Marathon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrod74 View Post
    Nice rig, Byron. See you out at the January MTB Marathon?
    Thanks Tommy! Yup, I'll be there.

    Goal: no broken bones next season!

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    I broke my full suspension so picked up a new frame and built this up. Poor college student status. Plans are for a new wheelset in the future and ikons waiting to go on once summer starts.

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    SS, Rigid, Ti race bike:
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    Another Tallboy convert!!!

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    Only Slightly Different

    This year I started racing rigid steel,



    moved to rigid Al



    but did some experimenting with a suspension fork, and found it to be really fun so I'll be on an Al HT in 2013.



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    MAde the switch from carbon back to aluminum for the 2013 race year. Here is my Spearfish 1 fully built w pedals, bar ends & bottle cages coming in at 21.7 lbs. This year I won't be blaming my gear...

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    Rigid SS AL:
    2013 Cannondale F29 Alloy 1 frame
    Salsa Grande Maxle Fork
    Stans Flows (I'm a bigger guy 220lbs) on Paul with Eno Trails 18t and Hope front
    Maxxis Ikons 29x2.2
    TeamBEER ebb (this is the BEST piece)
    Shimano XT brakeset w/ 160mm ice tech rotors
    Bontrager Carbon Big Sweep
    Ergon Mag grips with barends

    Looking at a Niner Arctic White RDO fork to shed about 1.3lbs and I already have the 15mm end caps I am also going to go a 34t up front vs the 32t currently being used.

    I have not weight this yet but it by feel alone is considerably lighter then my On-One Inbred with roughly the same bits. I think the frame was almost 5lbs on it's own (maybe more). I just have a crap pic of it now but will get some better ones once I've settled it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-bar View Post
    MAde the switch from carbon back to aluminum for the 2013 race year. Here is my Spearfish 1 fully built w pedals, bar ends & bottle cages coming in at 21.7 lbs. This year I won't be blaming my gear...

    Carbon to aluminum for me as well for 2013. I won't have my frame for a month or two still but I am excited to ride and show it off! Plans are underway to make certain it is stupid-light yet reliable... not to mention fast and sexy...

    That Spearfish is really nice. Enjoy riding the crap out of that thing.

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    Here are mine:



    My primary race bike is in ti and the back up/training bike is in steal, both with identical custom geometry. Used for everything from XC to 100 milers

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    What I rode a couple of seasons ago at 23 lbs...



    Now a 650b, let's see how she does,,,


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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledbymetal View Post
    Here are mine:



    My primary race bike is in ti and the back up/training bike is in steal, both with identical custom geometry. Used for everything from XC to 100 milers
    Very nice. I like the new steel Seven. Racing rigid this season or is the Lefty just hibernating?
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    New Horse 2013

    Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL 2013. Just received and will start tweeking some parts. Ski season here, so a while until it gets a true test.
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    Replaced the Roval Control EL wheelset with a Stan Race Gold set.
    Dropped six tenths of a pound and now with the Niner fork is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manicmtbr View Post
    Very nice. I like the new steel Seven. Racing rigid this season or is the Lefty just hibernating?
    Thanks! Going all rigid this season

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    So many rigid setups and even SS compared to EU, how does XC look like overseas, is it more suited for such bikes, or you are just more hardcore?
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    Hardcore but I'm not braging - it's definitely rough on some courses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-bar View Post
    MAde the switch from carbon back to aluminum for the 2013 race year. Here is my Spearfish 1 fully built w pedals, bar ends & bottle cages coming in at 21.7 lbs. This year I won't be blaming my gear...

    1 bar thats crazy light for a medium spearfish 1. I'm building The same bike but in small. What components did you trick it out with? What gearing on the 2X10?

    So far I have an XO crank, reba 29er fork, enduro Xd-15 BB, and carbon roval control wheels. Shooting for a lightweight build.

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    No compromises....
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    Quote Originally Posted by PainkillerSPE View Post
    1 bar thats crazy light for a medium spearfish 1. I'm building The same bike but in small. What components did you trick it out with? What gearing on the 2X10?

    So far I have an XO crank, reba 29er fork, enduro Xd-15 BB, and carbon roval control wheels. Shooting for a lightweight build.
    Here's a few more pics so you can see all the parts. It's a combo of KCNC, American Classic Race 29's, Schwalbe tires (tubeless), Token saddle/seatpost, XX drivetrain and brakes. I'm actually kind of kicking myself for not going XX1 though. Not only would XX1 be about 3/4lbs lighter but it just makes for more simplicity. I've been testing this out and I'm loving the geometry. It's really a Salsa Mamasita with full suspension.









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    This site kills me in January and February (Winter here in WI). But it also keeps me motivated to train for spring.

    My first 29er and I cant wait to put it to the test. New before my first race (May) will be XO Triggers, tires (Aspen), front XO derailuer and King Headset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattongb View Post
    This site kills me in January and February (Winter here in WI). But it also keeps me motivated to train for spring.

    My first 29er and I cant wait to put it to the test. New before my first race (May) will be XO Triggers, tires (Aspen), front XO derailuer and King Headset.
    Get some 2.4" tires at 12 PSI on that thing and hit the snowmobile trails! I was back over the holidays, had some great riding on snowmobile trails, frozen lakes in Northern WI. I also rode some clear and frozen mountain bike trails down in the Chicago area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    No compromises....
    Are you gonna have that out at McDowell this weekend? What cat?
    Wow, GJ, Fruita, and Moab trails are riding great. This is a killer spring for riding!

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    Niner Air 9 RDO

    Here's what I'm building up for this year. Still waiting on the brakes, wheels, and hub body for the XX1 cassette. Can't wait to get it built and on the dirt!

    FRAME: Niner Air 9 RDO
    FORK: Rock Shox SID XX
    RIMS: Stan's No Tubes ZTR Crest 29er
    HUBS: DT Swiss 240s w/ XX1 Hub Body
    TIRES: Maxxis IKON
    SHIFTERS: SRAM XX1
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: N/A
    REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM XX1
    CRANKS: SRAM XX1
    BOTTOM BRACKET: Truvativ PF30 Ceramic
    CASSETTE: SRAM XX1
    CHAIN: SRAM XX1
    DERAILLUER CABLE: Jagwire Ripcord
    PEDALS: Shimano XTR
    BRAKES: Magura MT-8
    BRAKE ROTORS: Magura Storm SL
    HANDLEBAR: Niner Flat Top 9 RDO
    STEM: Niner RDO
    HEADSET: KSA that came with the frame
    GRIPS: Ergon GA1 EVO
    SADDLE: Ergon SM3 Carbon Pro
    SEAT POST: Niner RDO
    BOTTLE CAGES: Bontrager RL
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    New wheels, stan's arch 29.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgardner73 View Post
    Here's what I'm building up for this year. Still waiting on the brakes, wheels, and hub body for the XX1 cassette. Can't wait to get it built and on the dirt!

    FRAME: Niner Air 9 RDO
    FORK: Rock Shox SID XX
    RIMS: Stan's No Tubes ZTR Crest 29er
    HUBS: DT Swiss 240s w/ XX1 Hub Body
    TIRES: Maxxis IKON
    SHIFTERS: SRAM XX1
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: N/A
    REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM XX1
    CRANKS: SRAM XX1
    BOTTOM BRACKET: Truvativ PF30 Ceramic
    CASSETTE: SRAM XX1
    CHAIN: SRAM XX1
    DERAILLUER CABLE: Jagwire Ripcord
    PEDALS: Shimano XTR
    BRAKES: Magura MT-8
    BRAKE ROTORS: Magura Storm SL
    HANDLEBAR: Niner Flat Top 9 RDO
    STEM: Niner RDO
    HEADSET: KSA that came with the frame
    GRIPS: Ergon GA1 EVO
    SADDLE: Ergon SM3 Carbon Pro
    SEAT POST: Niner RDO
    BOTTLE CAGES: Bontrager RL
    Impressive build! Can't wait to see it all built up.

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    Bmc te 01 29

    Here is mine. Best bike I have ever owned. BMC makes it awesome in everyway.

    XX1, Magura MT8s, Syntace bar/stem, Roval wheels, SID Brain fork. 20.4 pounds.
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    For you guys riding rigids: don't you feel beat up after a ride? I'm leaning the other way, going from hardtail to full suspension. The rockgardens did me in.

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    Mine will be the same as the last 2 years, no upgrades this year either. 2008 Orbea Alma carbon, Crest wheels, SID XX, XO 1x10, XX brakes. 19.9 lbs last time I weighed it.

    I love my Orbea, and after demo-ing other carbon hardtails I love it all the more. When it breaks I'll replace it with a Carbonal Gaea (Chinese bike) or a Trek Superfly SL if I'm on the team I hope to be on by then. Whenever that happens I'll get a XX1 crank and an XO type II RD and ditch the chainguide.

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    9.25Kg. or 20.39Lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FueLEX8 View Post


    9.25Kg. or 20.39Lbs.
    Very nice. Is that the rsl or msl?

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    I just love this bike...I also have a Stumpjumper HT 29er, but I like this one better...29er is at the shop...so will post pics later...and BTW, my Fox fork just blew a seal so I'm using this WC Sid for the moment...
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlostruco View Post
    my Fox fork just blew a seal so I'm using this WC Sid for the moment...
    An upgrade then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwanttolookatpics View Post
    An upgrade then?
    Nah...I will put the Fox back on when its fixed...

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    Bump this up, love seeing others setups!

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    Big switch for me...

    Last year:


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    Zaskar, you're gonna have to change your screen name now. lol.

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    I know. But man... that name goes waaaay back ;-)
    Mountain bikers who don't road ride are usually slow.
    Roadies who don't mountain bike are usually d***s.

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    My other bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jnthomps08 View Post
    Post up! I'm trying to gather ideas for my bike situation next year. Would love to see some XC and shorter endurance race bikes here.
    How time flies!!!!

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    Maxxis Ikon 2.35 front/Ikon 2.2 rear.

    All cleaned up at the beginning of last year's season with Nobby Nic 2.25's f/r...

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    I know. But man... that name goes waaaay back ;-)
    You should be "NewCannondale" haha
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Sweet looking SS!!! I hope those Ikon 2.35's get released sooner rather than later. Mine was only about 42g more than your new 2.2 (due to my 2.35 prototype being the non-EXO which I think is fine for a front tire here in the Midwest).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-bar View Post
    MAde the switch from carbon back to aluminum for the 2013 race year. Here is my Spearfish 1 fully built w pedals, bar ends & bottle cages coming in at 21.7 lbs. This year I won't be blaming my gear...

    Whoa! 21.7 pounds? How is that possible?!?

    I test rode a Yeti ASR-5 Carbon this weekend. With full XT components and no pedals it was 25.04 lbs. The frame is 4.75 pounds. The Spearfish frame is 5.3 pounds or so. That's over a half pound increase. The pedals are probably a little over a half pound (275 g?) so you're adding a pound of weight over the Yeti.

    But you're still about 4.4 pounds lighter than the Yeti? What's the secret? Are the SRAM XX components and those American Classic Wheels enough to drop almost four and a half pounds???

    Wait...and it's a 29er??? You've managed to trim a good 6 pounds off the bike weight just on drivetrain, cockpit, and wheels? SIX POUNDS??

    What's your secret?

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    21.7 lbs is totally possible. Very light, but possible.

    Wheels around 1400grams
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Whoa! 21.7 pounds? How is that possible?!?

    I test rode a Yeti ASR-5 Carbon this weekend. With full XT components and no pedals it was 25.04 lbs. The frame is 4.75 pounds. The Spearfish frame is 5.3 pounds or so. That's over a half pound increase. The pedals are probably a little over a half pound (275 g?) so you're adding a pound of weight over the Yeti.

    But you're still about 4.4 pounds lighter than the Yeti? What's the secret? Are the SRAM XX components and those American Classic Wheels enough to drop almost four and a half pounds???

    Wait...and it's a 29er??? You've managed to trim a good 6 pounds off the bike weight just on drivetrain, cockpit, and wheels? SIX POUNDS??

    What's your secret?
    I just built up a Spearfish 1 29er that weighs a 25 pounds with pedals (it was under 25 but I switched to a more durable tire in the rear) and It's not even a full on weight weenie build.





    24.91 pounds with pedals and Rocket Rons front and rear!

    The build:
    16" Spearfish 1 frame
    Reba RLT 29 fork
    Easton EC70 Post
    Niner Flat Top Carbon Bars
    XT Plus RD
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    XT 11-36 Cassette
    XO Crank with Race Face 38/26 rings
    Specialized Carbon Roval Wheelset
    Rocket Ron front and Rear
    XT Brakes with XT Rotors
    XTR Pedals
    ergon Grips
    Specialized Phenom saddle.

    The spearfish frame is a incredible value for the money. My carbon Blur XC weighed more than my aluminum spearfish

    I could make it a pound lighter with xx1 but I like it where it's at as far as affordability and replacement part costs go. I can;t stomach the cost of those xx1 and xx cassettes..

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    2nd season racing on this affordable racer. 25.5lb for less than $1500
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    I know this isn't the weight weenies board but the weight of that Spearfish build surprised me so much that I'm thinking other possibilities.

    It's entirely feasible, then, for a Yeti ASR Carbon to be sub 20 pounds? With a frame weight of 4.4 pounds, that's 0.9 pounds less than the Spearfish. I've heard 26" vs. 29er wheels are a pound total at worst. Up to 2 lbs. at best. That would put the ASR Carbon at 19.8 pounds worst case and 18.8 pounds best case.

    An 18.8 pound bike with 4" of front and rear suspension just boggles my mind!

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    He's got a featherweight saddle and post on there, light wheels, a 360g rear tire, a 485g front tire, and I'm sure the rest of the components (brakes, drivetrain, cockpit) are all WW stuff weight wise.

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    650B Santa Cruz Blur XCc

    Riding the 650B Santa Cruz Blur XCc in the GSC this year. A 22.4 pounder and very sturdy.
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    FRAMESET: Specialized S-Works Epic 29
    WHEELS: ENVE Twenty9 XC with DT Swiss 240s Hubs
    TIRES: Maxxis IKON EXC EVO
    SHIFTERS: SRAM XO Gripshift
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO
    REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO
    CRANK: SRAM XO
    BOTTOM BRACKET: SRAM PF30
    CASSETTE: SRAM XX 11-36
    CHAIN: SRAM PC-1091
    PEDALS: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3 with Titanium Spindles
    BRAKES: Magura MT-8
    ROTORS: Magura Storm SL (Soon to be Kettle Cycles Carbon)
    HANDLEBAR: ENVE Sweep Bar
    STEM: ENVE 90mm Stem
    HEADSET: FSA Carbon Tapered
    SADDLE: Specialized Toupe Pro LTD
    SEAT POST: ENVE Zero Offset
    BOTTLE CAGES: Arundel Sideloader Matte Carbon

    All in all, it comes out to right about 22lbs and it rips! And, yes, I have cut the cables down since the picture

    And I just took my first MTB XC win last weekend on it!

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    650B Blur XCc 2013 vintage

    22.5lbs with RR tires and pedals, computer, bottle cage, Grilla Guardz frame protector included. Could be a little lighter but at the expense of durability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronpass View Post



    And I just took my first MTB XC win last weekend on it!
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    That is a great looking Blur. I have really enjoyed the 650B wheelset on my Blur. Went to a 1X9 set up on for racing that also allowed a 0.9lb weight drop.

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    I love seeing all these light weight race rigs. Now I don't feel so bad about being a weight weenie w mine.

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    Mine is definitely not weight weenie piece
    Orbea Alma Carbon 29er
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    Hayes Prime breaks
    Bontrager RXL bigsweep 660mm + bontrager stem + ESI grips
    some carbon FSA seatpost + SI SLR Carbonio Flow saddle

    its probably around 10.5kg (23 pounds), could be under 10kg pretty easily, but not worth the money atm, saving for some nice enduro bike also...

    but I love orbea's geometry, great for tech stuff, easy to turn, fun to ride, great bike I built myself

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    I'll be running my stock GF HiFi this year. Ditched the AL hardtail I had, sticking with this one. That old HT is tired and weighs only a pound or so less than this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLd View Post
    Are you gonna have that out at McDowell this weekend? What cat?
    Just saw this.... No I missed racing the McD Meltdown because it was the day before Rock-n-Roll AZ, but I ended up cooking my legs on what was supposed to be a leg stretcher ride on Saturday and blew up (slow 4h07) in the marathon on Sunday anyways.

    Surely see you at Whiskey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronpass View Post


    FRAMESET: Specialized S-Works Epic 29
    WHEELS: ENVE Twenty9 XC with DT Swiss 240s Hubs
    TIRES: Maxxis IKON EXC EVO
    SHIFTERS: SRAM XO Gripshift
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO
    REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO
    CRANK: SRAM XO
    BOTTOM BRACKET: SRAM PF30
    CASSETTE: SRAM XX 11-36
    CHAIN: SRAM PC-1091
    PEDALS: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3 with Titanium Spindles
    BRAKES: Magura MT-8
    ROTORS: Magura Storm SL (Soon to be Kettle Cycles Carbon)
    HANDLEBAR: ENVE Sweep Bar
    STEM: ENVE 90mm Stem
    HEADSET: FSA Carbon Tapered
    SADDLE: Specialized Toupe Pro LTD
    SEAT POST: ENVE Zero Offset
    BOTTLE CAGES: Arundel Sideloader Matte Carbon

    All in all, it comes out to right about 22lbs and it rips! And, yes, I have cut the cables down since the picture

    And I just took my first MTB XC win last weekend on it!
    This is nice.

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    Just purchased and put together my new bike last weekend. Can't wait for the snow to go away.

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    Rock Shox Monarch RT3 shock
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    SRAM X-9 rear derailleur
    Shimano SLX front derailleur
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    Titus 120mm 6 degree 31.8 stem
    Titus 66cm wide riser bar
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    Here she is! No glamor shots here. 20lbs. Rides nice!

    should be a touch over 19 pounds when I upgrade the brakes, crank, and pedals.

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    18in 2013 Optimus Ti frame
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    XTR cranks
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    1x10 with Paul
    M785 XT brakes
    Ashima AI2 rotors 160mm
    Truvativ T40 seatpost

    142x12mm rear end and 15mm maxle front!

    Cant wait to take it out today and get it dirty!

    Oh yeah, named 'The White Unicorn' by our own Crosstown Stew.
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    Sweet bike man!

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    That is purdy! Can you make it SS easily if so desired?

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    You are upgrading on XTR? I was glad to be putting XT on my SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    That is purdy! Can you make it SS easily if so desired?
    Thanks fellas for the compliments! I cant wait to get my first ride on it in an hour or so.
    Yep. Very high quality sliders. Here is a pic

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    Enjoy the upside down picture! cuz I cant figure out how to remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Here she is! No glamor shots here. 20lbs. Rides nice!

    should be a touch over 19 pounds when I upgrade the brakes, crank, and pedals.

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    18in 2013 Optimus Ti frame
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    XTR cranks
    XX shifter
    X0 derailleur
    1x10 with Paul
    M785 XT brakes
    Ashima AI2 rotors 160mm
    Truvativ T40 seatpost

    142x12mm rear end and 15mm maxle front!

    Cant wait to take it out today and get it dirty!

    Oh yeah, named 'The White Unicorn' by our own Crosstown Stew.

    Congrats. She is a real beauty!
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    Here is an update. This is, hands down, the BEST frame I have ever ridden.
    It blew my mind how stiff and solid the BB feels when hammering, but when landing jumps and plowing through roots the frame just soaks it all up! Its like the flex is localized vertically.

    All my steel bikes would bounce around over the rough but this one sticks to the dirt. Not to mention, the steel bikes were noodleier in the BB at the same time!

    Thought yall would like to know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Here is an update. This is, hands down, the BEST frame I have ever ridden.
    It blew my mind how stiff and solid the BB feels when hammering, but when landing jumps and plowing through roots the frame just soaks it all up! Its like the flex is localized vertically.

    All my steel bikes would bounce around over the rough but this one sticks to the dirt. Not to mention, the steel bikes were noodleier in the BB at the same time!

    Thought yall would like to know

    As steel is stiffer than titanium, one could design a steel race frame with the same characteristics... 44mm headtube, oversized downtube (though not needed to be as oversized as the one on your Optimus Ti), and a BB30/PF30 bottom bracket shell should easily do the trick.

    I'll have one that ticks those boxes in a week or two; I'll post pics when it's ready.

    Your bike is gorgeous, BTW. A responsive bike is a wonderful thing

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    For the shorter races I'm using this.



    For the endurance races I'm using this.



    I'm using the same bikes as last year because I decided to do a Road Bike this year instead of a new mountain bike.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Here she is! No glamor shots here. 20lbs. Rides nice!

    should be a touch over 19 pounds when I upgrade the brakes, crank, and pedals.
    What cranks are you upgrading to? XX1? I am putting some XX1 cranks on my epic to make it 1x10. It's a pretty cheap way to get carbon cranks in the single speed variety. Everything I have heard is that they haven't needed a chain retention device as long as it's with a RD w/ clutch.

    What brakes and pedals are you getting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrod74 View Post
    I'll have one that ticks those boxes in a week or two
    Custom steel? Any more details? Im excited to see it. Carbon is cool and all(for a disposable frame).... But steel and Ti have soul!
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    Sneak peek... post-alignment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Custom steel? Any more details? Im excited to see it. Carbon is cool and all(for a disposable frame).... But steel and Ti have soul!
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    This should be here shortly, Team bike for 2013. Will run it mostly stock, with swap for personal saddle, adding a stages power meter & throwing on some Schwalbe Rocket Ron's. But otherwise as you see it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    What cranks are you upgrading to? XX1? I am putting some XX1 cranks on my epic to make it 1x10. It's a pretty cheap way to get carbon cranks in the single speed variety. Everything I have heard is that they haven't needed a chain retention device as long as it's with a RD w/ clutch.

    What brakes and pedals are you getting?
    Yep! XX1 is so cheap compared to anything else. Its gotta be the lack of rings or something(or to make up for that cassette )... Not to mention the tooth profile is designed for 1x. My XTR ring is designed to shift and it does exactly that even when I dont want it to. I want a Type 2 derailleur, but thats on the back burner for now. I would probably run a chain keep anyway for peace of mind. I wouldnt want a flying stick or squirrel to wedge in and toss my chain and cost me a race.

    For pedals, I put on new Time ATAC XC 8 carbons. 40g less than standard ATAC XS pedals. Just installed those today. Work okay... I may do a review thread about the fine details. I looked at the Ti spindled ones, but I value my calf muscles too much to risk it.

    As for brakes, im between formula R1s and XTR race. I love the function of my XTs but I wanna shed some weight where I can. The R1s are lighter and italian, but the XTRs have more pad clearance...

    First world problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrod74 View Post
    Sneak peek... post-alignment.
    Hot damn! Look at those stays and dropouts! Cant wait to see the end result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronpass View Post


    FRAMESET: Specialized S-Works Epic 29
    WHEELS: ENVE Twenty9 XC with DT Swiss 240s Hubs
    TIRES: Maxxis IKON EXC EVO
    SHIFTERS: SRAM XO Gripshift
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO
    REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO
    CRANK: SRAM XO
    BOTTOM BRACKET: SRAM PF30
    CASSETTE: SRAM XX 11-36
    CHAIN: SRAM PC-1091
    PEDALS: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3 with Titanium Spindles
    BRAKES: Magura MT-8
    ROTORS: Magura Storm SL (Soon to be Kettle Cycles Carbon)
    HANDLEBAR: ENVE Sweep Bar
    STEM: ENVE 90mm Stem
    HEADSET: FSA Carbon Tapered
    SADDLE: Specialized Toupe Pro LTD
    SEAT POST: ENVE Zero Offset
    BOTTLE CAGES: Arundel Sideloader Matte Carbon

    All in all, it comes out to right about 22lbs and it rips! And, yes, I have cut the cables down since the picture

    And I just took my first MTB XC win last weekend on it!
    Sweet!!! What size is your frame? How much do the bars weigh? The seatpost? the wheels (please specify with/without rotors, axle, tubeless strip, etc)?
    Did you buy an S-Works frame and build it? or did you buy a complete bike and then start replacing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Hot damn! Look at those stays and dropouts! Cant wait to see the end result.
    HT junction. Should be stiff, but very light for steel. Very stoked. Similar build to yours (1x10, but using a suspension fork).

    BTW, go with the XTR brakes. Certainly light enough and far and away the best brakes I've ever used (Magura, Formula, Hope, etc.).
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    my budget racer I just built up w/ some carbon bits....allot different riding style them my rumblefish

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    Dang that Rocky looks good. I hear they pedal like a HT and descend wonderfully. Sweet.

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