Took the plunge on second hand AS-R: I love it!
Over the last 6 months some of you have seen me here pondering on what to do as far as a new frame goes, having decided that although I love my ARC I'm simply not up to the hardtail thing on long lumpy rides anymore. (My chiropractor agrees) Test rides have included ASRsl, 575, Rush and Trance 1 (which I still believe is an absolutely stellar bike for the money)
After a bit of test riding I decided that an ASRsl would be perfect but with a new bub in the house and the worlds biggest 24 hour race rapidly approaching in October, I simply didn't have the time up my sleeve to save the 3k Australian for a new one.
A passing offhand comment to the female who had first given me a quick blat on hers around half a year ago provoked the response "Oh, I was actually thinking of selling mine..."
A brief period of debating with myself and I've laid down a deposit and expect to collect the ASR (which has been very lovingly kept and maintained) in around a month at which point I'll transfer the bits across from the ARC.
Sure, it's not an ASRsl but the ASR still rides damn sweet. Another 12 months of saving and if I really feel I have to have the lighter weight, shotgun downtubes and carbon blingyness then I guess I can upgrade but I'm just riding for fun, not to race and win so I expect this will suit me down to the ground.
Now to weather the barrage of insults and heckles from my duallie riding friends that I've turned to the squishy side...
Last edited by Fullrange Drew; 09-17-2006 at 04:43 PM.
Who is John Galt?
Good for you, send us some photos when you take ownership. I agree the Trance is quite a bike, but I got my 575 for about what the Giant would have cost.
Hmm, going to take a while to get delivery. At least another 3 weeks depending on what I can leech from our joint account plus my play money.
In the meantime in the best tradition of bike porn, I'll list the spec as best as I can guess it, starting with the definites:
Frame- Yeti AS-R black chainstay and bearing pivots, unsure of year, 02? (team tuquoise)
Fork- Fox Vanilla 100R (06 model)
Shock- Fox Float RL (I think)
Rear Mech- SRAM x0, 04, long cage
Shifters- SRAM x9
Brakes- Hayes HFX Mag plus
Cassette- SRAM PG990 or XT 11-34 (got both, depends which works better)
Crankset- Middleburn RS8 with Blackspire Super Pro 22/32/44
BB- SKF 600 series full stainless
Bars- Salsa Pro Moto Carbon Flat
Saddle- SDG Bel Air Cowprint
Seatpost- Thompson Elite or Moots layback Ti (Moots if it fits)
Hubs- Hugi 240 disc front and Hope XC rear
Rims- Mavic 317's
Headset- Chris King Black
Tyres- Front 2.0 Syncros FLT, Rear Michelin Comp S Light
Pedals- Shimano 540 (may change for Crank Bros smarties)
Front mech, probably XT
Chain- SRAM PC69 (or equiv in new series)
stem- don't know yet
grips- don't know yet
spokes- dunno, (whatever is on the wheels)
Man it's driving me mad knowing that it's this close but not yet...
Anyone know what the seatpost diam is for an 02 AS-R. Seriously hoping that it's 27.2...
Congrats on the ASR. What a fast bike!! Seatpost has to be 27.2.
Awesome, the Moots will fit then. :-)
Don't get me wrong, I've really liked the ARC but my ageing bones need some squish and this seems to have all the good pints of a duallie with none of the bad points (well, okay, nearly a kilo heavier than the ARC but it doesn't pedal like it's that much more)
Seatpost not 27.2
Sad to say that the Ti Moots layback post is never going to see use on this bike, seat tube is 26.8mm (as is the Thomson Elite post currently fitted so I guess I'll just have to make do huh?)
Tyre spec is Syncros FLT Factory 2.0 on rear and Syncros Point N Chute Factory 2.1 on the front.
Bars are no longer Salsa Pro Moto Carbon flats, will stick with the Easton Monkey Lite Carbon riser that is already fitted.
Grips are Yeti/ODI lock-ons
Chain Dura Ace 9 speed with SRAM powerlink joiner.
Pedals are Da Bomb flats at present, Shimano 540 SPD's in reserve if I feel brave.
Took Juliette out to Kowen Forest to ride the Scott/Mont 24 Hour course this morning, first use in anger (well mild harshness at least...)
I'm in love.
50% of the way around the course on the ARC I'm usually in a world of gloom hating the fact that I've got so far (10km or so) still to go and by the 17/18km point I'm not worth speaking to.
This time, even at the 20km lap completion I was still feeling fresh and happy.
Love it, nothing else to be said. Love it.
3 rides down on the Canberra 24 hour course.
Now running syncros FLT 2.0 front and rear.