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Full M900 XTR vs M730 + shiny bits
XTR- Nothing but the best! 24%  24%  [ 11 ]
XT + British shiny things, individuality counts! 76%  76%  [ 34 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:49 pm 
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I am about to embark on a build.
Pace RC200, a very nice frame is coming my way.
Obviously most of the finishing kit is pre-ordained by the rules of Pace but I am struggling to decide on a groupset...

M900 XTR is beautiful and a full M900 groupset is my preference but is hella-expensive these days.

M730 XT is seriously iconic and works well, I could sex it up a bit with some nice cranks and hubs for probably less than the price of the XTR.

I feel that the XT route with Hope hubs and Middleburn cranks is the more BITD build than full M900.

Opinions please!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:52 pm 
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yep XT all the way with some extra bling elsewhere as suggested


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:20 pm 
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Totally agree, XT and Hope/Middleburn/X Lite/USE is the way to go.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:48 pm 
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Based on the replies so far, XTR is actually the individual choice :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:48 pm 
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M730 was very old by the time the RC200 came out. Its an 80's groupset.
Go M900, those lovely satin tones will really suit a Pace, it shifts better and you get an extra gear to boot.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:04 pm 
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I would say that the XT/Hope route is likely to be much more representative. I can't remembe ever seeing a full XTR bike back in the day...
And I like Hope stuff, so that's what I would pick.
What rims you going for?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:32 pm 
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My choice would be XTR if I could afford it. As Dr. S says, it is a much better working and looking group! I can remember seeing a lot of full XTR equipped bikes BITD around here.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:50 pm 
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Lots of XTR in Calif :-)
Not so much in Macclesfield :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:36 pm 
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Come to California then, we've got plenty! :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:05 pm 
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I think it depends on what you want to achieve with your build. If I had a pace, I'd want to hang the best from it, so would go XTR. If I wanted to build an XT specced bike, I would probably choose a different frame as a base.

Nothing wrong with mixing the M900 drive train with Hope hubs or other bling in my book.


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