MTB build spec advice

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graememacd
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MTB build spec advice

Postby graememacd » Tue Nov 05, 2013 21:21 pm

Just bought a Charge Duster frame to build up over the next month or two. So far I've only bought the forks and headset (Rock Shox Recon SL). I want to go for 2x10 gearing, the Deore groupsets look well priced but is there an alternative Sram groupset at a similar price??
I'm also after a wheelset for no more than £150 new or second hand that will take the 10 speed cassette and the option to go tubeless would be good if anyone can offer advice on that?

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby The Northern Monkey » Tue Nov 05, 2013 21:50 pm

whats the budget for groupset?

And what axle types for wheels?
Merlin have some bargains.
http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/w ... le-wheels/

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby graememacd » Tue Nov 05, 2013 22:05 pm

Around £300 for the groupset. Not really sure about axle types for wheels, last time i had a MTB everything was the same QR! I presume the second hand Recon forks will take just a normal QR?
Merlin is the website i've been looking at the most

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby coulddobetter » Tue Nov 05, 2013 22:48 pm

Merlin have sram x9 2x10 crankset at £ 79.00 a damned good price . I am running x9 group and very hapy . From what I read you do compromise going lower in Sram though new 4 pot x7 brakes get good reviews.

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby The Rookie » Wed Nov 06, 2013 08:15 am

Recon forks can be 15mm or QR, have a look at a picture and it's obvious which it is as 15mm looks totally different to QR.

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby graememacd » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:40 pm

thanks for the replies all. I like the look of the Mavic crossone's that Merlin have advertised at the moment. Will have a look at the Sram groupsets also

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby miceden » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:53 pm

If you are thinking about using SRAM componentry i'd suggest you stick to X7 or higher and i'd forget about their cassettes and use a shimano one instead.

Have a look at planet-x-bikes.co.uk, buybikebits.co.uk and rczbikeshop.com... Planet X have some quite nice stuff going for cheap in their sale at the moment, buybikebits have a limited range but prices are good and every now and then interesting things go up for sale, rczbikeshop has quite a good range and some very good prices, they are based in Luxembourg but have bought from them before with no issue and they do get good reviews.

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby sofaboy73 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 13:11 pm

graememacd wrote:Around £300 for the groupset.


if you can push the budget a littlebike discount are doing a 2x10 XT groupset for £340 which is very good value

http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k407/a ... black.html

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby chrisrobs » Thu Nov 07, 2013 16:41 pm

superstars compenents for your wheels, http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_ ... cts_id=691


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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby graememacd » Thu Nov 07, 2013 17:58 pm

Those superstars wheels look good. I was looking at the deore groupset on Merlin but for £350 they have the full slx groupset including brakes. Is it worth the extra £75 over deore?

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Re: MTB build spec advice

Postby chrisrobs » Fri Nov 08, 2013 09:45 am

I would go for the slx then, the brakes have better stopping power then deore. slx is known for its durability in the winter months as well.


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