This is going to be my last build for a while as I want to settle down with just a few bikes and use them. Always fancied an STS ever since I had an RTS-2 back when they came out and evolution/development produced what I think is one of the nicest looking full suspension bikes ever. I will soon have my hands on an STS-2 variant and for inspiration have been surfing the net and the STS thread on here, but there are so many nice examples I'm a bit lost on what to do with mine.
In an ideal world I don't want to she'll out on new bits, luckily I have a hoarde of parts that I hope I can use, so I thought I'd start with my options and hope that the learned RB elders can steer me right. So, options are:
Strip my RTS Team of its parts and transplant them, then kit out the RTS in either m900 or m952 (ish) parts. Currently the RTS is wearing a full m970 xtr groupset, fox talas RLC forks and ceramic mavic crossmax wheels.
Option 2 would be to kit the STS out in m952. Tried and tested on my last 2 builds (DBR Axis TT and Dyna-Tech Torus). I'd need to get a wheelset built though, unless I steal some ringle hubbed, campag rimmed wheels from my Klein which I'm going to sell anyway.
Option 3 is XT m739 all the way, with the exception of cranks as I could go m750.
I have other component choices too, allowing cranks to be syncros, caramba sidewinders (silver or black) or even some cooks in black (dog bones I think).
Forks are the interesting area that could make or break the look of the bike (which is important to me, but appreciate function as well as form), and have in the stash the following options:
Nos Noleen carbon crosslinks (have red bits though, so may need some changes to fit in with the blue STS decals), lawwill leader 3s - colour scheme wise would work a treat, but not sure about function (though been wanting to use them since I had Mert Lawwill service them a few years ago), rock shox judy FSX with carbon brace and Englund air carts, pace RC36 with the carbon braces and fettled by justbackdated, pace Air Force II, amp fx3 in carbon, rock shox sid race (2007 ish I think) in silver with black decals and crown, or the fox mentioned earlier or some f80x.
Just listing the above confirms my OCD behaviour hence this being a final build for a while.
Another wheel option or two: nuke proof carbon hubs (will need to have built up), or spinergy xyclone with yellow spokes (were planned for my all yellow amp b5 build but that will be going too).
Brake option available: magura race line, though don't fancy drilling out the frame to run full length outers.
That's about it, aside from stem/bar/seat post and saddle. I've got some syncros bars in black, carbon profiles, answer and bontrager xxx, or black controltechs. Stem wise I have controltech, syncros, bontrager xxx, use, nuke proof and ringle in black. Seat posts I'm not sure I have anything in 27.0. Bar ends: syncros steer horns in silver, answer hyperlites in black or some carbon nuke proofs too.
So, opinions please. Happy to think about other options and would happily trade to get the best build I can out of what I have, then the cull will begin............ and hopefully end.
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