- Make over my Hardtail into something "racey" ??
Until the end of last year, this was my only bike:
A 2008 Marin Indian Firetrail, in fairly std spec except for some carbon bits (seat post/bars etc).
Now i’ve got an all-singing-all-dancing FS bike (2012 Zesty 714 😉 ) as well, i thought i’d “bling up” the old hardtail as i’m now only really going to be using it for short smooth(ish) sportives.
So, with a budget of £1K, what gets the treatment?
I’m thinking some nice light wheels and UST tyres, and perhaps up the cassette and mech to XTR. It could probably do with a fork service whilst i’m at it too?
So let rip, spend my money……… 😉Posted 6 years agotthewSubscriber
For a grand you get an On-one whippet frame and some nice wheels/tyres. Swap the rest out, and you’d have a race bike, not merely a racey bike.
Edit – when you say sportives, do you mean road ones? In which case, get a road bike. Halfords have been advertising a full carbon Carrera for a grand this week. You’d get a decent Ribble or Planet X for that too.Posted 6 years agostratmanSubscriber
I’ve got one just the same (except not carbon bars)it almost looks like a photo of mine. I changed the shifters to XT from stock LX – much better. I also got an all singing all dancing FS last Oct – 2011 anthem x1 – but I still like the IFT.
You could go 2×10, and I’d go for lighter wheels (the X1 has xt wheels that are much lighter) and maybe see if the fork can be upgraded to an RLC FIT while it’s being serviced.Posted 6 years ago
Off road events, but not technical ones, Think 10km run + 20km cycle Duathlon’s etc, Off road enough to need gears (well i need the gears, but maybe 2×10 would be enough) and some nobbles on the tyres.
Although i’ve never weighed it, the IFT is claimed to be in the mid 10’s (kg) as std, so i’d think some better wheels /tyres and cassette would see that into the high 9’s ?Posted 6 years ago
You don’t see many IFT’s around the UK, they were an expensive bike for a Hardtail i think (but i got mine through our work “scheme” and only paid £850 for it new 😉
Already XT’d the whole drivetrain, but some bits are now a bit worn so due for replacement anyway (the er, sand, at Woburn sands has done a good job of wearing down anything that turns/spins or slides)Posted 6 years ago
The frame is probably decent and light enough. Nowt wrong with Marins, apart their middle aged image!
I’d get the forks serviced and Pushed.. Or maybe replaced with some SIDs if you can get some Black Box ones cheap enough. New wheels, tubeless tyres, a new XT (not XTR!) cassette and some decent brakes should see your grand spent. And maybe a lighter perch to sit on if there’s any cash left.
EDIT: and loose the mudguards and wheel reflectors for flips sake!Posted 6 years agokudos100Member
If you really want to do it up, spend about half the money on new wheels, cassette and brakes.
I’m sure some of the weight weenies will advice you on custom wheels. £300ish for that. SRAM pg 980 cassette £30. XT brakes from rose £130 ish.
Then spend the rest on a cheap holiday.Posted 6 years ago
Fair enough on the seat! Another plan is to spend it on some decent racey shoes.. Huge weight savings to be had there, and they’ll feel much nicer than cheaper ones.
Hope pro3 sp wheels are good for the money, and come with light rotors, although I found my 24 hole front one to be a little flexy on landings and I broke it too easy in a crash.. Maybe the 32 hole ones if you’re looking for sturdiness. Decent tubeless tyres will make it feel 110% better for sure.
980 cassettes I’ve found to be not so long lasting. XT are cheap from Rose though, along with the brakes!Posted 6 years ago
Don’t panic chaps, that pic was taken years ago when i just had built the bike, hence the reflectors! The mud guards were on when i was using is as an all weather commuter, as it was my only bike.
I will have to keep and eye on wheel deals and see what turns up!
I’m a lightweight at less than 70kg, so i should be able to get away with some pretty racey wheels, and i’m not going to be doing any significant airtime on this bike (well, not on purpose anyway…….)Posted 6 years agoorangeboyMember
As above wheels have to be the best thing to change and second the vote for xt not xtr cassette
Stans new Ti hubs are now in the uk and can be build into a sub 1300 gram wheel set Useing mmx rims and revolution spokes.
Most ust tyres are far to heavy to race with but many others can be used tubelessPosted 6 years agocpSubscriber
Looks pretty racey already. New wheels (hope hoops with stans crest would be great), New tyres – racing Ralph or rocket Ron, replace worn drive parts with xt, and get the forks serviced.
Should have plenty of spare change in that. As someone said above, some xt brakes would finish it off nicely.Posted 6 years agorobsoctaneMember
I’ve recently purchased some Stan’s Arch EX on Hope 2 Evo. Blinding wheels, really light for their strength, you can’t go wrong for £360. Got them at Moonglu.
Not sure you’d need out else except tyres, go tubeless all the way! £120 should see you right on that part of the set up.
Good luck 😉Posted 6 years ago
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