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Hubbers, I need advice on this one. Question marks indicate where I am unsure.


Frame/Shock/Seatpost/Handlebars - specialized


Brakes - either XTR or Formula R1?


Rear Derailleur/Front Derailleur/Cluster/Triggers/2x10 - SRAM or XTR?


Wheels - Roval Carbon fibre


Pedals - XTR


Tyres - Schwalbe snake skin


please help, Cheers! :blink:

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If you are going for light weight - Go R1 on the brakes.


Stopping power - I would rather go for XTR or even XT.


If you do shimano brakes - go Shimano groupset as well.


If r1 - go Sram - no reason - I just prefer Sram.


Its all about your personal style/preference - dont copy anyone else for the sake of it.


I threw the R1`s off my Morewood Zula and changed to Hope M4.


Do what suits you!



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SRAM XX is the way to go. I have used SRAM on my downhill, marathon and Tallboy without fail. The XX Avid Brakes (2010) are as lately been giving some issues. I have to say that I have ridden the 2012 XTR with 8" rotor with the "so called" ice breaks and was not impressed at all. It takes some time before there is real breaking power. I have been riding two rings for more than a year now and have not had to consider going back to three rings. Getting the combination front and rear is key. Rear 11-36 and front 39-26 as the 42-28 you need to bear in mind that your 36 rear needs to make up for the gears that are lost. Paul

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