I'm in the mood for a new bike, not decided yet but I fancy splashing out on something fancy - not really justified as the last year has been a bit mince for my biking and the previous 4 years have been dribbles of cycling time at best. However, now things are changing and I'm hoping for more time to get out on the bike so thought I'd start with a new purchase.
I've got a couple of bikes in mind to consider and one of the bikes is appearing twice - one in XT guise and the other in XTR guise. I don't race, it will be a 5" full bouncer - but I am looking for lightweight (within reason).
So what I'd like to know is XTR any better/good for trail riding? It saves almost 1lb on the overall bike weight so can't be a bad thing (other than cost), but I don't know how long it would last for trail riding and faffing? I've always liked XTR but always considered it racer only...but the latest What MTB review on cranks reckoned the XTR was the a very good chainset - which got me wondering about the rest of the gear.
I'm more than happy to use XT (if I was given the option of either bike), but I'm just wondering what the running costs/longevity and ruggedness is of the XTR kit - I'm not a smooth rider (but don't deliberately go looking for airtime).