Do I want a hardtail?

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Getoutandride » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:58 pm

Im making the big leap soon, but im planning on having a dualie as a bit of fun also

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby waynohh » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:02 pm

My carbon nrs broke so ordered a ht 2009 xtc for - waiting for it to arrive:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=180328305218

I hate waiting!

I think this frame with XTR could be done for 6k, a few shortcuts aside.
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:47 am

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 :shock: which is a pretty crazy bracket! It came down to 2 bikes and I ended up with this

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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.
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Kalgrm » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:25 pm

Bloody Hell! All I got this weekend was one of these things:

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Your Bunny is much better than mine ...

Congratulations - looks like a real weapon!

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:31 pm

Man that looks sweet... even their triple triangle looks good...Me thinks Dean is planing big things this year... new powertap / roadie / hardtail :D
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:14 pm

Great looking unit Dean, outright XC weapon.

Take no prisoners :D

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:26 pm

toolonglegs wrote:Man that looks sweet... even their triple triangle looks good...Me thinks Dean is planing big things this year... new powertap / roadie / hardtail :D


Hopefully a big pay rise :)

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:51 pm

Ha! Now you're gonna have to get it dirty! :lol: :twisted:
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:34 pm

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?
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Kalgrm » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:18 pm

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 ... :))

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:19 pm

Yeah depends on the course...HT would be nice but is it the right bike for the job?...think of your body before your bike.
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby muggah » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:30 pm

That is one mean looking machine - very nice!!

My non-expert opinion would think that it'll be hard to leave the newie on the bench for the 100km, no? :wink:
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:38 pm

Kalgrm wrote: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 ... :))

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Theres nothing soft about doing 100ks on dirt! Enjoy.

toolonglegs wrote:HT would be nice but is it the right bike for the job?


You'd think as I raced last year I could remember the course, but no :roll: Remember some rough sections towards the end but I think thats going to be near the start this year.

muggah wrote:My non-expert opinion would think that it'll be hard to leave the newie on the bench for the 100km, no? :wink:


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.
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:27 pm

Don't ask why as I'm struggling to understand myself at the moment, just finished building it.......

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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...

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Sram X9 RD and shifters
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Specialized custom XT crankset
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Ozrider foam grips
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby toolonglegs » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:29 pm

Pour quoi?.... :roll:
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:52 pm

:| Still no idea :?:

Anyone want a GT?
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Kalgrm » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:21 pm

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.

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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Deanj » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:28 pm

:idea:

Never even crossed my mind! Nice thinking Graeme, I'm going to run with that idea!! They are a set of my race wheels that are on it, so will have to get something built up.
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Re: Do I want a hardtail?

Postby Kalgrm » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:38 pm

No worries. :)

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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