Hello SingleTrackWorld Community!
I'm riding bicycles for 5 years so I'm not professional rider but have enough experience to ride for fun and sometimes compete with other riders.
At this moment I have two bikes:
1. First one is AM bike.
* Frame: Giant Reign X 2009 (M), 171mm of travel
* Fork: Lyrik UTurn (Coil), 160mm of travel
* Rear shock: Fox DHX RC4 (Steel Coil), 400lbs and 450lbs
* En521 rims, SLX, X9, Hayes Stroker Trail 203+180
Total weight ~16.5kg.
+ I'm satisfied with performance. Bike feels good on flats, quite good on descends and ok on uphills
? almost satisfied with geometry. I feel that head tube is low.
! not satisfied with weight. It quite high for AM bike bot too low for training. I prefer to do physical exercises on heavier bike but ride on lighter (please read comments and notes to my second bike)
2. Downhill bike.
* frame: Norco A-Line 2008
* fork: RS Boxxer R2C2
* shock: DHX 3, ti spring, 300lbs
* SLX, X0, 2.5 dual ply tyres, Code 203+203 brakes and other DH stuff
Total weight 19.3kg, ready to race.
+ satisfied with weight for descents
+ STRONGLY satisfied with weight for training. After riding series of light XC for one hour each on this bike... I can do everything on AM bike even if it weights 16.5kg. Cannot imagine what can I do with 13kg.
- I'm very sad but I do not need DH bike. I was very close to serious injuries half a year ago and do not want to do more jumps and drops. But I still enjoy light-dh, aggressive trail riding, super-d races. I can do all this things on AM bike.
So I'm selling out A-Line. And selling ReignX. I still have Giant frame and most of components from Norco (X0 transmission, brakes). And I am looking for replacement (but on failure I will keep it and build it again with lighter components).
* frame 6-7 inches of travel (may be 7.5)
* ideally I need 2 setups: lighter and steeper for AM and heavier and slacker for DH
* total weight of bike at most 16.5kg with coil fork and shock
* total weight of bike at most 15.2kg with air shock and fork and intermediate tyres (2.35 single ply)
* long wheel base
* nice head tube angle for descents
* nice seat tube angle which will not destroy pedalling
Currently it is Intense Uzzi, last generation.
Draft version of build is in my googledocs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjjAjw_yCKN5dG1yejhFYW9EYWxGNWdpTURiUjhRbFE&usp=drive_web#gid=0
In a few words, I want to have 2 forks (180mm and 160mm), 2 shocks (coil spring and air spring) and 2 sets of tyres (2ply and 1ply). This will give me two completely different setups: 15kg and 16.2kg. First one good for AM cycling and ok for racing, heavier - for every-day cycling and training (yes, weight and rolling resistance). Also this frame provides for me 2 versions of rear wheel travel (4 with additional shock), and 3 different values for BottomBracketHeight + HeadTubeAngle + WheelBase.
What do you think about it?
Can somebody give me opinion about Uzzi?
How it feels on descents, uphills, flats?
How efficient is this bike?
How this bike rides with short travel? (on air shock) With long travel?
Service and reliability? I'm talking about bearings and grease ports.
I completely understand that for races like EWS I need full-carbon bike built on high-end components and 29" wheels. But may be lighter version of Uzzi will be enough for amateur racing?
May be better to consider other frames?
- Banshee Rune V2
- Intense Slope Style 2
- Santa Cruz Nomad
- Lapierre Spicy
- Specialized Enduro
- Norco Range, 27.5"
- Scott Genius LT 700, 27.5"
- Transition Covert 29"
- Transition TR250
- other manufacturers?
Thanks in advance!