New XC Race Frame – thoughts
Right in the market for a hardtail mtb frame. Previously owned a SantaCruz Highball carbon and loved it. I’ve been away from MTBs for a few years so I just wondered if there is anything else I should be looking at that is the same style of bike.
Has to be
Laterally stiff in the bb area.
Is there anything new I should be looking at?Posted 3 years ago
big saving and better spec than 2014 model – lefty fork is very nice indeedPosted 3 years agonotmyrealnameSubscriber
mrblobby – Member
That niner air 9 RDO does look good. Though for the frame Stif seem to have changed the dollar sign to a pound and then ADDED another couple of hundred quid!
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The Niner prices seem to have gone from just expensive to ridiculously expensive this year. It’s put me right off getting an Air 9 Carbon 🙁Posted 3 years agocubicboyMember
Not bollocks… honest. Have weighed bikes before when I’ve either serviced or built them up. We have a young son and another on the way so bike time is strictly for riding (wherever possible). So when I say I can’t be bothered, it’s not entirely true. Anyway, it’s light.Posted 3 years agobill oddieMember
I have a KTM myroon. It’s very very nice to ride.Posted 3 years agojumbleMember
I bought a 2014 Trek Superfly 9.6, then sold the wheels and groupset. Moved my XT single ring setup across and bought some carbon wheels.
Really impressed with it so far. Not as light as a Superfly SL, but I think spending the saving on the wheels was a good move.
I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the geometry, but I have no problem lifting the front end and it feels very stable on the downs.
I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I have been riding and racing a Trek top fuel for the last 4 years and was really surprised how easy the transition was to the Superfly hardtail.Posted 3 years agonwallaceMember
When I was looking for a bike that fits the OPs description I looked at
Cannondale F-29, Scott Scale, GT Zaskar…
I left the shop with a Rocky Mountain Vertex…
You’re going to have to spend time riding them to see which works, and look at spec, and not get hung up on looks… the Vertex look lovely, handles amazingly and is more manouverable than my old 26″ Zaskar.Posted 3 years ago
That f29 that Sefton linked is amazing value! I payed more than that for the carbon3.
Absolutely love the bike.
Yep I got one in Dec (and it was 3.5k at a lot of other retailers)
had to peel off the crappy stans no tube graphics off the wheels though.
all carbon, bars, crank, post, 0X (might put 0X gripshift on)
the fork is soooo good too
was surprised with Avid brakes (never had Avid before)..they are great so far.
not been raced yet though.Posted 3 years ago
I guess it depends on whether the OP wants boutiquey brands for his £5k. Reckon some light Chinese carbon wheels, x11 group, a raid on the xcracer store, and maybe a Trek or a Scott frame would be well under 5k and weight weenie enough for most.
Would be easy to blow that budget on some Enve wheels, or a Santa Cruz or Niner frame, and have to put the weight back on with cheaper components.Posted 3 years ago
Reckon some light Chinese carbon wheels, x11 group, a raid on the xcracer store, and maybe a Trek or a Scott frame would be well under 5k and weight weenie enough for most.
That’s my Superfly, and it’s 19.2lbs all in, so not too bad. The basic frame is £1000, they don’t sell the SL variant aftermarket strangely.
As the OP was thinking of a Highball though I suspect Trek/China may not cut it!Posted 3 years ago
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