So, I've had my 575 for over a week.
After dealing with some drivetrain issues, it's running PERFECTLY now.
I'll get around to taking some pics sometime, but my build:
I paid less than $1500, shipped. Everything was new (including the front tri of the frame) except for the swingarm (used, but perfect, just some rubs), wheelset, cassette, and shifters. All the used stuff looks barely ridden.
Frame: Team Turoquise
HS: Chris King
fork: Fox Vanilla (new)
SRAM x.9 shifters
SRAM x.9 rear d
SRAM Gen somethingorother front d
BB7's with Avid SD Ti levers (i like them for extended b/c rides, but do miss the squishiness of hydros, but they're nice, with the fatty rotor up front)
Easton caron bars
Thompson Elite seatpost
Bummer Mavic 223 wheelset, but I'll keep them until I destroy them, then upgrade someday.
The thing that is most surprising about this bike is how well it climbs on STEEP singletrack. I cleaned stuff tonight (ride #3 on a working drivetrain) that I never had before. And on the downhills, well, duh, it has almost 6" of travel, it's awesome. Tonights ride had lots of steep, loose, rocky areas, and it surprised me how comfortable the bike is. My ride was about 10 miles, with about 1000' of gain, and I felt totally great afterwords, I wanted to loop it again, but it was dark, and starting to drizzle (finally).
I'm riding in Northern NM, which I imagine is alot like the front range (where it seems alot of you all seem to live). It's either up or down here, with no real flats. Lots of rocks, roots, sand, buff singletrack, stream crossings, log's, etc. I agree, that this seems to be the perfect XC machine.
I need to work on my rp3 settings a bit, It doesn't seem very plush unless I'm in the farthest to the left setting...the middle and right seem too stiff, except for roadish climbing. Could I have lost a few pounds from winter? Maybe...
I'm also liking the color. Seemed a little....ghey at first. But, now I'm warming up to it. It's like I've got an aluminum caribean sea between my legs. I thought I wanted the Ano Black, but then, I'd look like I was on every other bike made. The team turoquise stands out so well.
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