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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 12:40 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:47 pm 
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Think the xlm is going to be my first choice. Though the 93 is a very close 2nd.
Now to try and sort a deal.


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Which one fits you?

I'd go for both. :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 8:20 pm 
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Rider - Go with the XLM. Take that SID off and put a suspension adjusted rigid, high volume tires and 1x8 setup.

Investment - the 93.


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 11:00 pm 
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Thanks so far. They're both in the US, one in California the other in oregon, a little fat for me to travel and try. Both are the same size.

What year would the xlm be from? Waiting on the selling dealer to come back to me with a full spec on that one.


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:21 am 
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easy just buy both... hehe

but really it depends on what you want to do with them, for me personally, i'd go the xlm


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:09 pm 
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Easy - The XLM. If it's $100 more than the Mountain then it's far better value for a start. The XLM frames usually go for around $200 more than the Mountain, the XTR bits are about the same price or maybe slightly more for M900 and the XLM has a SID which is $200-$300 on it's own. There's a Bontrager Ti bar on there as well.

The XLM is also said to have a springier feel than the Mountain although I can't say I noticed much difference between them. I remember an interview with Rob Vandermark I think it was who was saying that when the Mountain frame went from straight stays to the bendy ones it became stiffer and so when they designed the XLM they wanted it to feel like the original, something that was achieved by using larger diameter stays but with a thinner gauge of tubing. It's also lighter, looks better with the thicker stays (imo) and has a nicer canti hanger.

As for the age of it, I'd say 97 or 98 as in 98 they started fitting headtube badges. The SID and rapid rise rear mech were in the shops in 97 so assuming that's the original build it's easy enough to date.


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Both if possible :mrgreen:
On my opinion : the 93 one. Not the best but very cooler


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:25 pm 
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93 for me. The XLMs look lovely but the tubing is so thin making them a bit too prone to picking up dents.


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:39 pm 
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XLM for me. Why? I've already got a '93


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