What XT level Carbon XC HT race bike, circa £1500?
I have a 2015 Superfly 9.6 and I love it to pieces. Upgraded a few components to XT (shifters and brakes) and the bike is great. Run it tubeless, if it isn’t set up already, and the stock tyres on the 9.6 that I got were the cheapest version of the XR2 and they weren’t that great.Posted 2 years ago
I’d be tempted by the superfly, but to be honest I’d be more tempted to build something up. Especailly if you were happy swapping wheels between bikes to save on cashish.
In grand stw tradition, not only will i ignore the OP but also recommend my bike (or at least the 29er version): Scott Scale 940. Its alloy but the alloy frames are super light. THere is (apparently) sub 200g diference in 2016 frame weight from the lower end carbon scale.Posted 2 years ago
I was looking at the black sin Friday – its £350 more but seems to be the only bike around with 1 x 11.
The Superfly is SLX, and appears to be the same weight as my anthem without the ability to swap wheels for my current race wheels. Hence, I’d face ugrade costs
My only other choice is an ex display XT ‘dale FSI, with a lefty albeit its Alu at £1450 which I’d suggest all except the frame outranks the Superfly.Posted 2 years agomonksieMember
I had a Cannondale Flash (alloy) with Lefty and I now have a Giant XTC (carbon). The Flash was lighter, the XTC is now almost as light. Either bike would have and will do just about as good as each other for mid pack XC racing mediocrity. Neither one or the other is going to make a significant difference.Posted 2 years ago
I prefer the XTC for Peak District bridleways and all day riding.
You have decided you are an XC racer
My recent results and lack of discipline…
mid pack XC racing mediocrity
I was wandering around MSG “pit lane” yesterday and there wasn’t a bike that isn’t in this thread (ok so there was an old marin quad link), so I’m thinking, I must take this seriously and just get a bike.
It’d have to go on a C card at the moment, funded by 2016 work bonus that I don’t yet have is the danger, so I worry about still being mediocre but in £1500 of debt 😀
I do like that Orbea!
Gaz thanks – not sold on the Recon fork on the Area tbh…Posted 2 years agofifeandyMember
You have decided you are an XC racer – why the low budget? Have a decent FS and HT for your chosen discipline.
There’s an old saying – “don’t race what you cant afford to replace”.
Unless racing for the podium in elite/expert, anything <11kg will do the job fine riders engine, skills and rolling resistance are massively more important than a slightly heavier bike. If I recall correctly, some coach did some testing with a rider with a power meter, and 1kg = ~1min on a climb of alp d’huez.
Edit: For a £1500 budget i’d choose the Grand Canyon.Posted 2 years ago
If I recall correctly, some coach did some testing with a rider with a power meter, and 1kg = ~1min on a climb of alp d’huez.
I guess I need to “have a word with myself” during next winter’s training.
Aera Pro comes with Reba fork
Ah thanks, I was looking at the Comp.Posted 2 years agobentiggerwylesMember
If the size is right this is a bargain
I have one and love it! Faster than I’ll ever bePosted 2 years agomboySubscriber
Does it have to be carbon? Plenty of ally bikes out there that will give maybe 1lb or so away in the frame weight, but leave £500 or more in your wallet to spend on other things…
For instance, at £1099 the Grand Canyon AL SLX 7.9 is only a touch heavier but £550 cheaper than its equivalent carbon version. Then there’s the alloy Cannondale F29’s on Paul’s Cycles at under £1k (were £2k). I’d probably say the money saved spent elsewhere (lighter wheels, tyres etc.) will make a bigger difference than the frame material will.
That said, there are some great carbon bikes out there for relatively little money too, and not all carbon is created equal… I’ve come across carbon “xc race” frames weighing over 1600g before (when an equivalent ally is no heavier), but then there’s some gems like the KTM Aera which is only about 1200g when even the lightest most expensive carbon MTB frames in the world are only just dipping below 1kg.
The weight is in the wheels which being non QR, can’t be swapped for my AC race wheels…
The weight on ANY “budget” XC bikes is always going to be in the wheels, and if you’re buying new, you’re not likely to be able to swap for your existing QR wheels as everything new is coming bolt thru pretty much.Posted 2 years ago
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