My carbon nrs broke so ordered a ht 2009 xtc for - waiting for it to arrive:
I hate waiting!
I think this frame with XTR could be done for 6k, a few shortcuts aside.
Picked my new bike up the weekend. I pretty much looked at everything locally Specialized, Avanti, Giant, Trek, Scott, Merida, Kona, GT, Felt etc seeing what was avaliable in my size and price bracket. A few brands quickly disappeared off the list as they were around $10.5k which is a pretty crazy bracket! It came down to 2 bikes and I ended up with this
It was out of this and the Scott Scale 10 in the end, as nice as the Scotts are the price was nowhere near that of the GT so was impossible to warrant the extra. Especially after the good reviews I've read on the GT. Obviously they don't really count for anything compared to how I find the bike, but I'll have to see how that goes.
Its a GT Zaskar Carbon Team, full XTR, Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels, Ritchey Carbon stem and bars, Fox forks with lock out, Thomson seatpost, Fizik saddle. Will stick on a set of egg beater pedals, some Stans in the tyres (not the Kendas on it) and that will be pretty much it.
Bloody Hell! All I got this weekend was one of these things:
Your Bunny is much better than mine ...
Congratulations - looks like a real weapon!
Great looking unit Dean, outright XC weapon.
Take no prisoners
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Have the BMC 100km classic race this weekend and just deciding what bike to take. I'm only going to be able to manage about a 1 hour ride on the GT tomorrow, I have ridden it to work but nothing off road as of yet.
Do I play it sensibly and race my Epic, or go bugger it and go straight in the deep end with the hardtail? Sensible side says Epic of course, but then wheres the fun in that?
100km? Go with the light bike if you're already race-hardened. Of course, if you're a softy, go with the Epic.
(That's what I'm riding in my own 100km Audax dirt ride this weekend - I'm a softy ... )
Theres nothing soft about doing 100ks on dirt! Enjoy.
You'd think as I raced last year I could remember the course, but no Remember some rough sections towards the end but I think thats going to be near the start this year.
Yeah having not ridden it yet it would be a shame not to race it. See how the rides goes tomorrow and how happy I am at the end.
Don't ask why as I'm struggling to understand myself at the moment, just finished building it.......
I'm thinking training and severe weather race bike or sell it??, still a couple of adjustments but it may be called into action tomorrow as its been pouring down all day. Pretty much all second hand or parts taken off my Epic which I have upgraded. Front hydraulic brake cable needs shortening but will get round to that...
GT Zaskar Carbon Pro
Ritchey bars, stem and seat post
Fizik Arione saddle
Sram X9 RD and shifters
Shimano XT FD and casette
Specialized custom XT crankset
Avid Elixir R brakes
Ozrider foam grips
Stans Olympic ZTR rims and DT Swiss 240 hubs
Rock Shox Reba SL forks
CB Eggbeater pedals
Maxxis Ignitor tyres
Before you get rid of it, consider making a SS out of it with a White Industries ENO hub. That would be one mean SS build.
Be careful though - SS bikes have been known to cause severe under-utilisation of the other - more expensive bikes - in your fleet!
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