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  • XC Racer's – bike d'jour?
  • Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I have a carbon HT for racing, and an Alu Anthem 29er whjich has been “de-configed” to trail. After I took the HT to a Scott Marathon and got battered I’m wondering if I should buy a set of lighter wheels for the Anthem which would bring it to the same weight bracket as a Scott Spark/Trek top Fuel – 24.5lb – currently 25.6lbd on 1900g wheels – a set of Wide Lightenings would be the obvious Trail/Marathon choice to lose that 1lb

    Or of course I could sell both bikes and buy a Spark/Top Fuel/Scalpel. This occured to me as a lot of the racers around me are on Sparks, Top Fuels, Dales with short travel, so perhaps one bike d’jour is the way.

    Thoughts?

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Watching with interest.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I’m particularly interested in whether keeping the 2013 Anthem 29er (120 rebas) is worth not having the outlay of the £3800 bikes – minus what i’d get for the other two – geometry has changed.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Reason I’m interested is along same lines, should i lighten my bike, should i swap it etc. I’m moving along the lines of “does it matter and will it affect my result”
    In honesty, no is the answer for me personally.

    It comes down to results/expectations etc, i have more to gain in myself currently than any bike can

    Premier Icon dyls
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    Surprised you got battered on a scott mtb marathon. I did most of them last year on a giant carbon hardtail and it was more than fine.

    Id personall go for a trek procaliber 9.8 if you have the funds.

    Premier Icon ferrals
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    Seems to me the issue you had was one of comfort. I’d not change anything but just accept that for long jaunts and marathons you use your Anthem.

    Premier Icon rexated
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    I have a new Spark, coming from a hardtail Scale. Performance is incredible, mostly due to the geometry rather than any sophisticated suspension. That said, having a lockout for front and rear is great, I’m shifting the lock function almost as much as as the gears. Weighs 21lb which doesn’t hurt.

    ‘Does it matter and will it affect my result’? On a Scott marathon it might bump me up a few places. But I’d have a better and more enjoyable ride.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Anyone wanna flog me a frame?

    Premier Icon fifeandy
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    I’m kinda with @dyls, having done 3 rounds of the marathon series on a 26″HT i’m pretty surprised you felt battered.

    Not a direct answer to your question, but if i was buying a bike for XC/Marathon/12-24hr duty i’d be looking at a softtail (2017 BMC Teamelite, Trek Procaliber and possibly Canyon Exceed (built in flex from multiple sources)).

    If i was buying 1 bike to do the above and take on some trail riding for fun i’d have a 2017 Spark (not the RC one) but i’d be making sure the lockout was as close to a full lockout as possible.

    I guess in your shoes my next course of action would be riding the hardtail with higher volume tyres (assuming you have clearance).

    Premier Icon juanghia
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    Anyone wanna flog me a frame?

    I’ve got a Trek Alu Superfly 100mm FS I’m selling for peanuts, it was kind of fun but I don’t need a Downhill bike.

    Thoughts?

    If you felt battered I’m sure that’s mostly down to personal condition and lack of fitness/flexibility/talent.

    Re above I wore my thumbs down to the white part of the lower dermis riding a rigid the other day for a few hours even with ESI Chunky’s! Thankfully by the summer my skin will have manned the **** up and I won’t get blister sores anymore.

    Drop the PSI and do more weight’s/Core?running

    Premier Icon steve_b77
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    To be fair unlike previous years the Builth course was very dry with defined dry lines over the tops and alot of the descents and the long bit of benched singletrack were bone dry and hard, it was also very hot which would no doubt contribute to the fatigue.

    Personally I suffered epic leg cramp which took nigh on 30 minutes to stretch out and was totally screwed after that.

    Back OT, the short travel FS makes a lot of sense, I used to ride a carbon 29er HT which was about 10.5kg, I now ride a 90mm travel carbon 29’er FS which is a kilo more but way more comfortable. It has full lock out front and rear too, so the road sections and smooth climbs are mega.

    Personally I’d flog ’em both and get the short travel carbon fs and use it for everything.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I suffered badly from cramp also, which is unusual for me. I lost conteol on that final muddy decent after putting a foot out and having my quad cramp immediately.

    Im sold on the FS for Marathons – my Vitus Rapide has been fine everywhere until now, . Ill try the Anthem in Mays round and see how the 5lb difference feels before i decide to tart up the Anthem again, or sell both and move on to a single FS bike.

    Premier Icon RamseyNeil
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    If you do decide to get a new short travel FS bike you should try the Spesh Epic which has long been popular for marathon events . It’s pretty useful for XC racing as well .

    Premier Icon crosshair
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    For the same reason people are switching to wider/lower volume tyres on the road to ease the suspension losses- I think full suspension makes perfect sense on all but playing field smooth grass.
    And on off road climbs, the traction benefits outweigh the weight penalty.

    Which is why I have a Scott Spark 😀

    In all seriousness, I’ve watched people on hardtails at XCRampage Checkendon struggle to stay in the saddle, let alone pedal over the rooty sections whilst I just spin past them.

    Premier Icon crosshair
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    *meant to say higher volume of course- doh!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’ve got a Trek Alu Superfly 100mm FS I’m selling for peanuts

    Juanghia – you have a PM.

    Premier Icon jonnyboi
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    Used to ride mid travel full suss, gravitated towards ultra light carbon HT for XC and endurance races, but now gone full hog on a carbon scalpel.

    HT now never used and exists as a back up bike for events etc. Ridiculous waste of money.

    My scalpel is the 2015 model so a little steep in the head angle, the newer 2017 model is designed around a bit more rowdy behaviour

    Premier Icon Marge
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    I’ve got a similar combination of bikes. A trail / marathon Orbea Occam & a Scale RC. (probably 2kg difference)
    Normally I ride the Orbea and keep the Scale for races.
    Took it out on Sunday for 5 hours to check it over before this weekends Volcat in Spain and my ass & more is still sore from the hammering.

    is the Scale worth the pain? Depends on the riding terrain but if there is any significant climbing, weight & stiffness makes enough of a positive difference

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Which is why I have a Scott Spark

    I may come and ‘fix’ your Spark this week 🙂 my garage, over the weekend 😉

    Premier Icon crosshair
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    It’s not a quick fix 🙁 I may have tried to unstick the stuck seatpost with farmer tools 😯

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    I’m scared to ask… very very scared.

    Premier Icon The-Swedish-Chef
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    I’ve a Cannondale HT that I use for racing, I find its fine for everything apart from the longest/roughest marathon races that I do.

    At the end of last season I bought a carbon seatpost that’s designed to flex a little, (Cannondale Save), and this seems to have helped a bit.

    I can’t really justify the expense but if I was to get a new race bike it would be one of the following full suspension bikes:
    Cannondale Scalpel
    Trek TopFuel
    Scott Spark
    Bianchi Methonal

    Premier Icon r8jimbob88
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    I have a new Scalpel Si, I sold my carbon hardtail for it. I use it to race short XC and it’s perfect. Super fast and the benefits of a bouncy rear end are significant both on the climbs and the descents. Also when locked out it’s practically fully rigid so climbs superbly.

    I’ve done a couple of longer days out on it and it just munches the miles. You can fit 2 bottle cages too. Looking forward to giving the Scott Marathons shot at some point.

    Sell everything you have, your wife, kids, car, even the dog and get a Scalpel

    Premier Icon The-Swedish-Chef
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    Sell everything you have, your wife, kids, car, even the dog and get a Scalpel

    Not helping, really not helping 😀

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I’ve got a similar combination of bikes. A trail / marathon Orbea Occam & a Scale RC. (probably 2kg difference)
    Normally I ride the Orbea and keep the Scale for races.

    This is of course me with Vitus/Anthem respectivily

    I’ve woken up this morning then to see that i have rwo bikes for Sale and a new one to buy 😀

    So whats the list around the max £4k mark assuming 50% roughlyu comes from the sale of the other bikes:

    Trek top fuel 9.8 – doesnt need anything changing from the shop
    Scott Spark 910 – lesser “value” in trhe finishing kit at the TReks price point
    ‘Dale Scalpel Si 3 – very specific build, can;’t swap stuff out
    Bianchi – won’t be touching them again
    Anthem Advanced – only comes in 27.5
    Spec Epic – seems expensive for the build
    Canyon Lux – I wanted one previously, seems good value but steep Geo at 71HA
    ?
    ?
    ?

    Of course, putting some decent wheels on the Anthem is only £600 its just a bit more old school…

    Premier Icon sefton
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    I think the Specalized epic fsr is one of the best value for money full suss xc bike.

    the new spark (120mm) looks great for a 1 bike for all – (if you want to ride trails for fun too)

    I’m not sure how much comfort is possible in a 90min xc race? However I do think a FS bike will ultimately leave you less fatigued as you dont have to keep getting out of the saddle every few seconds.

    …so expensive though when you look at the great value HT bikes available for 2k

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    You have a point Sefton. Im fine with my HT for the 16 90 min races i do a year, hemce upgrading the Anthem for 4 Marathons and 1x 12hr seems the best value path.

    However, theres thoughts of a european 3 day stage race next year, and my mancave is looking less than spacious…

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    This is why i like forums 🙂

    After having the same dilema as you, i woke up and my decision was

    “Fit the Rocket Rons to the Whyte T130, you’re racing that”

    Premier Icon sefton
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    maybe think about how often you ride each bike…spend the most on the ones you ride the most.

    …I did think about buying a nice trail bike but then worked out it might only get used once a month ($$$ per ride = huge)!

    they are worth piss all second hand…3 years pass, you’ve raced on it 30 times, the suspension design is now ‘out dated’ and you practically have to beg people to buy it off you 🙂

    If I could bring myself to spend big I would have a FS XC bike for everything. either a scott, specalized, trek.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Lol. There were quite a few of those in Builth Wells weeksy.

    Just found some Wide Lightenings for £460. Tempted, the Anthems not a bad bike for Marathons with 120 up front…

    Premier Icon steve_b77
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    So whats the list around the max £4k mark assuming 50% roughlyu comes from the sale of the other bikes:

    How’s about this KTM Scarp Master 11 Full carbon frame, Fox boingy bits, SRAM X1, DT-Swiss tubeless wheels, TLE Schwalbes and Ritchey WCS finishing kit.

    I’ve got the Prestige and it’s awsumz, pretty much our whole MTB team is on them this year.

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    I’d be tempted by the Anthem tweak and give that a run out at an event. If I read the post correctly you are happy wth the HT for 16 races but leas so for 3 or 4. Try the Anthem upgrade. If you sell the HT you could have a bike you are less happy with for the 16 shorter races

    Premier Icon jonnyboi
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    Kryton, have you looked at the orbea oiz range yet?

    Premier Icon tpbiker
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    The anthem would be perfect for what you describe. I had the 26 version and it was an awesome bike.

    Maybe look at one of the slacker xc bikes like the yeti ascr? I have one and its a rocket.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I have now – and very nice – but what do you have to pay to get a single chain ring!

    Premier Icon Bream
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    I have been through this exact situation, went from racing a carbon HT to the then new Anthem 29er in 2011, for the reasons you mentioned.

    Loved the Anthem so much and even with the Al frame and rims got it below 10kg.

    Only sold it last year to buy the latest generation of XC FS race bike as I think the geometry changes make a big difference. I had a long list of potential bikes I’d buy, like the list from Kryton57, in the end the decision came down to the best deal I could find. Ended up with an S-Works Epic WC, that I managed to buy with 40% discount, which was a cracking deal. If that deal hadn’t turned up then I would have been happy to go with the others mentioned.

    So it really depends on if you ‘want’ a new bike rather than up specing your Anthem lol.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Jumping on this thread slightly, but will be massively related for Kryton i imagine…

    What tyres guys ? Tubeless of course.

    For me it’s 27.5 but i expect for him it’s 29.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Well, I have a 120 fork on the Anthem which slackens it a a bit, and I can pay £450 for a set of good wheels which will take it down to the weight of the others on that list – and we know the suspension platform is a good one for this type of race. I’ts also 1×11, light & carbon bars, kcnc stem & seatpost so some effort of investment has gone into it.

    As mentioned, I’ll try it in heavy 25.6lb guise at the next marathon before buying wheels and decide. I’m not massively inclined for a new bike, but my HT (modern 29er) geometry is preferable over then Anthem and it would free up space in the shed…

    Premier Icon Bream
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    For tires I run tubeless 2.1×29 Thunder Burt Evos on 1st wheelset, and 2.1 Rocket Ron Evos on the 2nd. These are good for the types of races courses here in Sweden which don’t normally have any large rock or slate type content etc. which can kill these.

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