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2/7/2013 5:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2016 10:22 AM

I'm building my dream bike and would appreciate everyone's input on how I might swap out specific components. This will be my first _really_ nice bike and I want it to be a little bit of everything: lightweight, comfortable, robust, etc.

I live in Switzerland and I'll be riding it in the alps. I'm not really talented on the bike yet, but I'm keen to learn. I've biked up 1500m in one day when I borrowed a Santa Cruz Tallboy (not LT) from a friend. I had a great time with some difficulties on the downhill part. I was wishing for more travel (hence my decision to get the LT now) and I had some brake fading (that was a 160mm front rotor, and here I've got it configured with 180mm). I plan to gradually build up to doing more downhill without risking any broken bones!

I weigh about 142 lbs, 64kg. And I'm 5'7", 170cm tall.

I'm comitted to getting the bike from Competitive Cyclist so I can only consider components that they have in stock now. I'm looking for top of the line stuff. Links to any of your suggestions would be very helpful.

I'm starting with the Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon, XTR Trail base config and upgrading some components from there.

I'm completely undecided on the clipless pedals. I have a nice pair of Shimano SPD shoes that I'd like to use, but otherwise no idea. I had pain before in my knees so maybe a pedal with some rotation would be nice.

FRAME: Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy LT Carbon With FOX CTD Kashima with selected
components from XTR Trail package Matte Carbon/Orange Medium
Front Suspension
Fox Racing Shox 34 Talas 29 140 CTD Fit Fork 1.5 Taper/15QR
Brakes: Shimano XTR Trail Brake Set M988 With Ice Tech Rotor 180 Front, 160 Rear, 6 Bolt
Cassettes: Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys Cassette 11/34 10-Speed
Chains: Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys CN-M980 Chain 116 Links 10 Speed
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT Bottom Bracket
Cranks: Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys FC-M980 Trail Triple Crankset 175mm
Front Derailleurs: Shimano XTR Traditional Triple Front Derailleur FD-M981
Grips: ESI Grips Chunky Mountain Bike Grip Black
Handlebars: Enve Sweep Handlebar 9 degree
Headset: Chris King InSet Mixed Tapered Headset with Griplock Bold Black
Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M985 Trail Pedals Trail
Rear Derailleurs: Shimano XTR Shadow Plus RD-M986 Rear Derailleur
Saddles: Fizik Arione CX Carbon K:IUM Saddle
Seatpost: Enve Zero Offset Seatpost 30.9
Shifters: Shimano XTR SL-M980 Shifters Front/Rear 10-Speed
Stems: Enve Stem 90mm
Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic TL Ready Snakeskin Tire - 29in 2.35
Tubes: None
Wheels: Mavic Crossmax ST 29in Wheelset - MAV0418
Water Bottle
Computers: None
Cables Upgrade: None

I'll do my best to answer any questions but please keep in mind that I'm really a newbie on technical questions, so a short explanation or link to technical drawings would also help.


2/10/2013 1:54 PM

Do you currently own your own bike? This statement " I'm not really talented on the bike yet, but I'm keen to learn." would have me thinking you ought to learn on a hardtail first, before going fully. But, if you've got the experience, then the specs you posted are pretty good. As for pedals... clipped in is the way to go. At least for me. smile


3/4/2013 2:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/4/2013 2:17 PM

The fact that you have foot pain makes me think you should go with a set of flat pedals and some 5-10 shoes. And go to and Check out his write-ups concerning flats vs clipped. EVEYONE should learn on flats to learn proper techniques and then go to clipped in if they feel the need. I love flats and have never felt held back in comparison to those who do clip in, but they can help with raw power in certain situations. Also because you will be riding in the alps get a rockshox reverb or KS lev seat post, the downhill riding ability the add FAR outweighs any weight gain you would be concerned with! If not convinced, try it if you don't like it, sell to one of your friends. And maybe a slightly shorter stem, it will speed up your handling once you have those wide enve carbon bars on there! My two cents! Lol enjoy! You will have greater control in your area(rocky, long rough descents)with a full suspension! Sounds like it will be a sweet rig!