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    blur classic vs. blur xt vs. superlight for beginner racer

    I was wondering if some of you hard core sc racing people could help me out?
    Here is my deal:

    I want to get into XC racing (will be entering intermediate categories). I have a santa cruz blur classic that is very light and very fast. The deal is that this bike was in a car accident where the rear swing arm of the frame was crushed. Everything else on the bike is in good shape. I could replace the rear swing arm for $300 and have a blur to race on.

    Or. . I could buy a santacruz superlight frame for abougt $400 and use all the components (All XT) off of the injured blur.

    Or. . I could buy a santacruz blur xc frame and use all the components off the inured blur.

    Of course I would get a new lighter wheelset and tires for whatever I choose.

    The thing is, my blur frame is a size large. I am 5'11 and it fits me vertically, but horizontally I have to really reach for the handlebars even with a super short stem.

    Help!

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    Xc

    Of course the XC will be a better race bike due to the lower weight and geometry. However, your classic is a fine bike. It's a fuzz heavy but not bad at all. With a light wheelset you are set to go. Saving 1/4 lb in the frame for $1,700 is foolish compared to saving 1.5lbs in rotational weight the wheels for $800....


    If it doesn't fit you well, than you may find that you get alot more comfort and power output out of a bike that does. Does a medium fit you better? It seems like you are in-between sizes a bit. Maybe the medium will cause a different fit issue? It's amazing how much more power you can put down with a good fit. My buddy just got a pro fit and his power output wne tup 20 watts in his new position.

    Before you make a decision see where you end up with a professional fit. If you still belong on a large with a few component changes, keep your bike and buy some Stans Olympics.... Otherwise start trying out the Superlite and Blur XC...
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    THanks for your reply,
    I have found a lightly used superlight medium frame for $400, and am thinking about just swapping components onto that bike and then save up for lighter wheels.

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    Wheels

    Yup,

    Wheels are the key. Nothing else will make your bike perform better!
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