Totally new to XC racing, but thinking of buying this machine due to a very nice price (£1600): Optimum III
My main concern is that as much as I love the idea of the carbon mtb HT, I'm thinking you may not race as fast over the technical stuff due to fear of falling and cracking the frame. Also replacing any of the components on the Optimum 3 would be savage. Hence maybe better sticking to a light (& cheaper) alloy, such as http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=57165.
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