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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:15 pm 
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Well, it's been quite a start to 2011, think I'm on my third bike of the year already! From 2004 Specialized Enduro, to 2002 Kona Cinder Cone and now on to a 2009 Giant XTC!

I picked up a complete Giant XTC 4 a week ago. The guy I bought it off had rarely used it and it was near enough 'as new'. I wanted the frame so bought the whole thing and sold the parts off so I was left with a cheap decent frame.

Built it up last night and here's how it looks:

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Frame: 2009 Giant XTC 4 - Medium
Forks: 2008 Fox F80RL
Groupset: Shimano XT
Brakes: Shimano XTR
Wheels: Superstar XC/AM Subzero
Tyres: Maxxis Cross Mark 2.1"

Weight: 25lbs

Think future upgrades will include a carbon seatpost and maybe some carbon handlebars.

Quite keen to loose a little more weight off the bike, although I've lost 17lbs myself over winter now I've stopped lifting weights and am now mainly doing cardio.

Hopefully this bike will stay for a bit!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:11 pm 
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getting rid of bodyweight will help you over the bikes actual weight, thats what im doing anyway.

nice ride, busy building a XC bike myself now.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:33 am 
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It's also cheaper to loose bodyweight, haha.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:31 pm 
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Are these frames any good then? The parts they came with are pretty low end, surprised they are that light!

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.p ... 1b4s2p2287


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:32 pm 
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And is it tapered headset?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:38 pm 
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Think the model I had was low end in the xtc range, but the higher end models are well specced (with a price to match). The frame alone is £400: . http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Giant-XTC-Frame-2011_40535.htm Frame is nicely built with hydroformed tubes, and nice and light.

Headset is semi-intergrated, but 1 1/8".


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EarlofBarnet wrote:
Think the model I had was low end in the xtc range, but the higher end models are well specced (with a price to match). The frames alone in £450. Frame is nicely built with hydroformed tubes, and nice and light.

Headset is semi-intergrated, but 1 1/8".


Cool. Dont really get much press the XTC. Suppose its because they are more race orientated.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:43 pm 
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They get mixed reviews too. Think it is more race orientated as you say. Frames 2nd hand don't fetch too much, so worth a look. I'd recommend one.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:55 pm 
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All ready for the race at Whinlatter tomorrow:

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Removed the 'Fox' decals from the forks as it was peeling. Fitted some bar-ends and got a Giant computer. Race on :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:43 pm 
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i've got a team xtc and I love it, it's light and really flies. They seem to accelerate really well.


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