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    Upgrades to Release to make it more XC worthy

    I have a Release 3 that I have had for about 4 months now. I致e been riding more distance lately and doing some xc races, albeit I知 not competitive, just trying to push myself more. I have a 40 mile race next weekend and I知 curious what are some good upgrades to made it more XC worthy if I keep doing these type of events.

    So far I have upgrade to some carbon bars (bent the old ones in a crash) and a little longer and lighter stem. Also changed to a Vittoria Morsa rear tire which helps with some rolling resistance.

    What else could I change out to save some weight other than $1,000 wheel sets? any budget wheel sets that would be a noticeable improvement?

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    Lighter wheels, tubeless and faster rolling tires..... maybe a 130mm air shaft to drop the chopper front end. As far as racer gram hunting.... loose the dropper post and go with a Carbon one.
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    Running tubeless currently, maybe I値l try a lighter tire up front as The cheapest next step. I need a tough tire because all are rocks where I知 at.

    I like my dropper to much to part with it at this point.

    Anyone know how much the Blanchard wheels weigh? Any recommend wheel set upgrades for less than $500?

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    You can get a set of DT Swiss M 1700's from the German stores (bike24, r2, bike components, etc) for $500 or less. They're not xc light, but a lot lighter than the blanchards. You'll notice a difference in acceleration and overall performance. A nice set of wheels for the price.

    Quote Originally Posted by josh02_2001 View Post
    Running tubeless currently, maybe I値l try a lighter tire up front as The cheapest next step. I need a tough tire because all are rocks where I知 at.

    I like my dropper to much to part with it at this point.

    Anyone know how much the Blanchard wheels weigh? Any recommend wheel set upgrades for less than $500?

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    Quote Originally Posted by La Nada View Post
    You can get a set of DT Swiss M 1700's from the German stores (bike24, r2, bike components, etc) for $500 or less. They're not xc light, but a lot lighter than the blanchards. You'll notice a difference in acceleration and overall performance. A nice set of wheels for the price.
    I have these. They're a good mix of durable and light.

    I'm not so sure about morsa rear. That's a slow roller, no? Might try ikon 2.35 or xr2 2.4 rear, with a rekon 2.6 front. That would be faster rolling, but with decent traction so you're not too outside your element from the 'trail' wheels and tires.

    Don't drop the dropper. Just use it to drop Roadies on the descent and to intimidate then with your sick skills.

    If you carry a pack drop it. Strap a tube and pump to the frame and wear a normal 3 pocket Jersey, which is plenty of room for tools, phone, food.

    I forgot this bike doesn't have a bottle cage inside the frame. If you can strap one on the top tube just for races that would be ideal to get the weight off your back.

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    I personally wouldn't drop the fork past 140mm, 130 is going to be to low especially when it comes to your botton bracket.

    Like other have said lighter, faster rolling tubeless tires and lighter wheels. Good luck finding much for $500, light wheels ain't cheap.

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    Look at magic wheels. There are a bunch of deals out there.... just search 杜avic boost wheels
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    As a follow up to dropping the pack, I have a waist pack (similar to fanny pack) that I use to keep a multi tool, tube, pump, and two 16 oz bottles of water/sports drink, some food. Do you think this adds unnecessary weight? I feel like the weight would be in the same location as the jersey, but I知 a newbie so curious if I知 wrong.

    I値l look into those tires. This race will be around Bentonville and you need tough tires to ride here. There was a professional Xc race here this past Fall and the common theme was that most of the field got several flats or sidewall tears on their light XC tires, saw one pro finish on a flat and he said he rode the last several miles like that because it was his 4th flat and didn稚 have the means to fix another one. I知 trying to avoid that if possible.

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    Curious why the German sites are cheaper than American?

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    No idea, but they're usually quite a bit cheaper on dt swiss products. You can get custom builds with dt swiss components for pretty cheap too. I ordered my wheels from bike 24. Took about 10 days to get Nevada. No issues at all. 2 year manufacturer warranty on them.

    QUOTE=josh02_2001;13904451]Curious why the German sites are cheaper than American?[/QUOTE]

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    Those would be ideal if they were 30 instead of 25mm wide.

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    Race wheels!!!!! Wide=heavy. the Op wants to ride a 40 mile race and rotational weight a bitch.
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    I致e been looking closer at the Mavic wheels posted above. Would I need to buy anything else to make them work on the release? I ride a lot of different trails in NW Arkansas which has a little bit of everything. Can these take abuse of occasional jumps and drops. I weigh about 160 lbs so I知 not a heavy rider.

    How easy would it be to keep these with lighter xc tires and the original Blanchard痴 with heavier trail tires and just switch back and forth by moving the cassette from one wheel set to the other depending what riding I am doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh02_2001 View Post
    I致e been looking closer at the Mavic wheels posted above. Would I need to buy anything else to make them work on the release? I ride a lot of different trails in NW Arkansas which has a little bit of everything. Can these take abuse of occasional jumps and drops. I weigh about 160 lbs so I知 not a heavy rider.

    How easy would it be to keep these with lighter xc tires and the original Blanchard痴 with heavier trail tires and just switch back and forth by moving the cassette from one wheel set to the other depending what riding I am doing?
    Ok, make sure you get the right kind of cogstack and disks and as long as you regularly replace your chain, you should be fine. A lighter set of wheels are the best performance mod you can do.
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    Be sure you have a good and trusty wheelbuilder at the ready. Being that they are 24 hole wheels, if your planning to do jumps and drops you may want to have someone check them occasionally.

    Honestly I would keep these for race day or long days in the saddle. If your going to be doing drops and such, throw the old heavier/stronger wheels on.

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    Well I finished my 40 mile race Sunday. I didnt make my goal time, but wasn稚 far off. It was painful though and makes me realize more that I want to get in better cardiovascular shape and drop some weight off the bike.

    I found some Mavic XA pro wheels for $365 shipped to me so I bought those. I値l try to find some lighter tires to throw and have two wheel sets at the ready, the Mavics for general xc riding and the occasional race and the stock for heavier riding. I plan to just swap the cassette and rotors. I知 a little worried about the 24 spoke and durability, but I will just have to be mindful to not push the Mavics to their limit.

    I値l report back how much difference I see with the lighter wheels and tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh02_2001 View Post
    Well I finished my 40 mile race Sunday. I didnt make my goal time, but wasn稚 far off. It was painful though and makes me realize more that I want to get in better cardiovascular shape and drop some weight off the bike.

    I found some Mavic XA pro wheels for $365 shipped to me so I bought those. I値l try to find some lighter tires to throw and have two wheel sets at the ready, the Mavics for general xc riding and the occasional race and the stock for heavier riding. I plan to just swap the cassette and rotors. I知 a little worried about the 24 spoke and durability, but I will just have to be mindful to not push the Mavics to their limit.

    I値l report back how much difference I see with the lighter wheels and tires.
    Congrats on finishing the race, still a solid accomplishment even if you didn't make your goal. Plus it leaves you with a goal for next time.

    I'm sure you will feel a pretty decent change, lighter wheels & tires can make a huge difference. As mentioned earlier, just keep a good wheelbuilder on call. Also, some other advice, after you've ridden the new wheels a few time, take them in and have them checked. Wheels can tend to bed in a bit after a few rides, causing spokes/nipples to loosen, which could affect durability down the road. Last thing you want is a wheel blowing up during a ride or even worse a race.
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    Do you know what tool I would neee to buy to swap the cassette?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh02_2001 View Post
    Do you know what tool I would neee to buy to swap the cassette?
    You'll need a lockring tool and an adjustable wrench.
    PARK TOOL FR-5.2 CASSETTE LOCKRING TOOL

    You also may need a Chainwhip, though I've never needed one. I simply wrap a rag around the cassette instead.
    PARK HCW-16.2 CHAIN WHIP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13QCDBZjV0s

    Just to be sure, your new Mavic wheelset comes with an XD driver on the rear wheel yeah? If not you'll need to upgrade it to use the cassette off the stock wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh02_2001 View Post
    Well I finished my 40 mile race Sunday. I didnt make my goal time, but wasn稚 far off. It was painful though and makes me realize more that I want to get in better cardiovascular shape and drop some weight off the bike.

    I found some Mavic XA pro wheels for $365 shipped to me so I bought those. I値l try to find some lighter tires to throw and have two wheel sets at the ready, the Mavics for general xc riding and the occasional race and the stock for heavier riding. I plan to just swap the cassette and rotors. I知 a little worried about the 24 spoke and durability, but I will just have to be mindful to not push the Mavics to their limit.

    I値l report back how much difference I see with the lighter wheels and tires.
    How many time did you use you dropper post in the race?
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    Thanks. Yes, they comes with the xd driver. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Quite a bit. These trails had lots of climbs followed by descents so I put it to good use. Not much flat ground.

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