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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:08 pm 
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First Ride/Easter Update:

Finally finished it and got it to a place where I am happy with the build, A few photos beforehand to get started:
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Updated Buildlist:
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and part of the first ride (In Thorndon Woods):
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What I have learnt.

New XTR is awesome, superb, I don't remember any bike bits working this well.
Mountain Biking is a full body work out, arms are aching after that ride
I can't remember how to corner hard at speed.
Modern Tires/Stans No-Tubes setup offer an amazing grip level
2 x 10 Gearing is perfect for any terrain around here
Again, XTR Disc brakes are another level of braking, nearly went over the bars when grabbed a handful.

May look to get some lighter wheels in the future, (Extralite Hubs/Sapin CX Rays and Stans Rims) which should easily take a 1Ib and a Half off the weight, to make a raceable 18.5 Ib Bike.

Racing this in the Mud, Sweat and Gears Series at Chelmsford in a couple of weeks, I don't think the bike will be holding me back, just the legs/lungs/skill!


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That's a very nice modern mtb. Lovely frame


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Was wondering why you went for the 11 speed chain, I presume it runs ok on 10 speed stuff.


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getin wrote:
Was wondering why you went for the 11 speed chain, I presume it runs ok on 10 speed stuff.


Yep, perfectly. Amazed how well the whole drivetrain works to be fair. 2x10 is perfect gearing wise.


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This is looking great Steve , did the DA front mech not work with the xtr shifters?

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Love the XT-R cranks. Much better looking than the version i had. Some years XT-R looks 'top end' then some years XT looks miles better.
This years look top end


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v12jat wrote:
This is looking great Steve , did the DA front mech not work with the xtr shifters?

James


I spent absolutely ages trying to get it to work, it shifted very well, but I could not get it to not rub in the crossover gears, its 50 grams extra that I am happy to have.


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Looks an absolutely stunning bike. Proper XC machine. I really like it. Always regret selling an alloy Scale I had a few years ago.


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Do you ride it in you undercrackers, to save weight? :lol:


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Do you ride it in you undercrackers, to save weight? :lol:


Yep, frequently, the chaffage can be an issue


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