as far as investment goes, i figure i should go for the best i can afford right from the off. i have been looking for the best prices i can get though, the chainset (inc b/b) was £270 but the rrp is 449 so that's pretty good.
also i did intend to go quite british on the build but certain choices affected the parts i wanted. for example i love hope stuff but i use it alot on other builds so i wanted to use royce hubs just to be different, i should be getting them next month but depending on funds (the van is at the garage having a turbo fitted
) i may initially use my hope/717 wheels temporarily, but not having to get the royce hubs now means i should beable to afford the rest of the drive train i need. so if i do get it in time for mayhem i may be using my old wheels.
also i went xtr on the chainset because initially i was gonna go middleburn but wasn't sure about the compatibility with 10speed components, raceface didn't do anything for me on the current stuff so that left xtr, which if i am using the matching gearset should look really nice.
brakes are gonna be the hope mini brakes from my clockwork, they are in perfect condition and silver, headset is gonna be the silver king from the clockwork, so with the exception of the hubs i just need the mechs, chain and cassette, i have ordered the shifters
i am hoping to have it for mayhem but we'll see how it works out, i have already stripped the clockwork and re-specced it with all the xt off my evo (which i'll probably sell the rest of), the clockwork was intended to become my new winter bike but before that it will be being used by my friend Andy Macdonald in our Mayhem team, he's a former southern cyclocross champ but doesn't own an mtb as he's mainly a cross and road rider. i had to strip it now as Andy is having it this weekend till mayhem so he can get used to it so i needed to re-spec now other wise i'd have to get it back from him to get the bits for the Demon build, besides this gives me time to polish the used bits to look perfect for the Demon.
the plan is to have everything ready for when i get the frame, so that i can build it straight away.
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