- Fox RL80
- 9spd KMC gold chain
- XTR 12-34t cassette
- Shimano XTR r mech (medium cage)
- Shimano XT fr mech
- XT shifters
- WTB silverado Saddle
- ODI Rogue grips
The rotors are Gusset superlight with 180 front and 160mm back
Hmmm, I'm pretty sure when I was planning on getting next years bike I said I should not have to do any upgrading of components... well, that went out the window with the Giant. Initially I was just going to upgrade the brake and crank... but it got a little out of control - namely:
- XTR Crank
- XTR Brakes
- Gusset Superlight 180mm front rotor
- Raceface Next XC SL bar
- Raceface Next XC SL Seat Post
- XTR Pedals
Today, I brought it out for a spin to Glending - a wet and rooty spot near where I live. First thing I noticed was a acceleration and speed. I spent the first 15 minutes in the big ring and did not even realise it. Its really easy on the climbs and descents. Because its a slightly longer bike than the Cube, I'm going to need some practice on the tight twisty stuff.
Before today I was not too impressed with the look of the Specialized Fastrak Control Tyres. But after a couple of laps, they felt as good as the Crossmarks - and I was running them with a lot of pressure. The Silverado saddle is bloody hard, and will take some getting used to.
After the spin I've noticed a few things which will need to be seen to:
- Fork needs a service - and possibly the headset replaced.
- The brakes - well, the rear brake needs a bit more adjustment
- A little bit of gear tuning