As I mentioned in another thread, I'm starting to spec out an ASR-5. I'm currently riding an aluminum HT with the following components:
Fork: Marzocchi bomber
Drivetrain: Shimano XT M750 (2005 version)
Brakes: Avid BB7
Wheels: Mavic 717
I know that component specs are largely a personal decision but I'm hoping for people's thoughts on what would match best with the Yeti. I ride in metro Atlanta area which has, surprisingly, a ton of really nice single track trail networks. Our riding is mainly tight, curvy, rolling, with short steep climbs and short descents. Mainly hardpack with lots of roots.
Cost isn't a huge issue but I'd like to keep the whole bike under $4000. Here are the areas up for debate:
Drivetrain: I've been a triple-chainring guy since I first rented a Specialized Rockhopper in 1990 but I'm thinking 2x10 now. SRAM X9 or Shimano XT? I think SRAM would be cool just because I've never ridden anything but Shimano...however...that leads to brakes:
Brakes: I love my BB7s but would consider upgrading to hydraulics if there is that much of a difference. As much as I like my Avids, I hear the Elixer are terribly difficult to keep adjusted correctly. If I go with a SRAM setup, I'd like to stick with Avid (I like consistency). If I go XT, I've heard great things about the XT Brakes.
Wheels: Wow...technology has come a long way. I'm thinking about giving tubeless a try. I haven't done a ton of research but the Mavic Crossmax ST looks hard to beat. Under 1600 grams for under $600 sounds like a good deal.
QR15 in the front and 12x142 in back?
Again, I know most of this is just personal preference but maybe someone's got some insight as to what works well with the ASR-5 and what doesn't.
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