2023 XC Bike & Equipment Thread

I wish I’d weighed my frame before I built it up. It felt very light in hand.

500g is not nothing, but I guess it comes down to what your preferences are.

Is that the DC frame ~2500g?

Will you transfer all your light bits across except the shock?

What about a Santa Cruz? It sounds like they are a more popular brand in the UK than I realised, are there any second hand frames?

This review goes against what I’d read on forum posts about the Mondraker. It sounds like a very firm platform.

I’d love to try one. Especially the new one. Might be an ideal candidate for my preferred no lockout setup.

After breaking another fox lockout lever (think this is number 5) I can’t wait for my next bike to have a simple switch on the shock & fork. Remote lockouts are unnecessary with a modern bike that pedals well, but it is nice to lock it out for road connections.


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The F Podium is basically a kilo heavier than any of the other bikes with equivalent wheelset / finishing kit.

The DC and RR is no different in weight as it is the same frameset just with a different stroke shock (same eye to eye).

That’s out of the window.

An element is a different proposition entirely - it would be a trail bike that is just about light enough to whack a set of race kings (maybe 25mm internal 180 hubbed light wheels vs heavier 240 30mm wheels with your trail tyres on) and race.

There is a very pretty one for sale near me…(if he’s on here I apologise but I am considering messaging you :D.


Weird question for y’all… any aftermarket chainrings that would convert my XT Crankset from a 52mm chainline to 55mm?

I want to run a 38 or 40t chainring for gravel, but I’m limited to 36t per frame specs. Any extra up front to avoid spinning out and minimize the 10-12-14 jumps on the cassette.

Edit: now that I think about it… quite possibly the most cost effective method is just a 55mm Deore crankset. That way I wouldn’t even have to mess with the DM chainring tool.

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Bottom bracket spacer? I think shimano bbs are usually sold with 2.5mm spacer included in the package.

Wolf tooth just announced their 0mm offset chainrings to allow for a 55mm chain line with old cranksets to match up with transmission. I don’t know that they have the Shimano versions out just yet, but they are coming.

Having had 2 Mondrakers, a 2014 Foxy and currently a 2017 Dune I can fully confirm that their “Zero” suss design is amazing. Even on the Dune (160mm F/R) with no lockout, there is very little pedal bob etc.


What did you decide @Neuromancer ?

Rich Payne has built up a new Mondraker which is a good looking bike as well. Frustratingly I haven’t heard him say why he swapped frames or compare it to the Orbea. Presumably it’s just a product placement and not a frame he bought himself :man_shrugging:.

I have seen them popping up more on my IG feed and they’re a fast looking bike.

that is what GCN is known for doing…

From what I understand, it basically makes no real difference. 52mm cranks work just fine with Transmission, and why wouldn’t they? The rear spacing hasn’t been changed.

While I agree that it works, Transmission did change the rear spacing by moving the cassette outboard, about the same as the chain line shift.

So I found a 40t “-3mm offset” chainring that fits Shimano direct mount. Doing some measuring, that -3mm means 3mm outboard of the OEM chainring. That puts me at a 55mm chainline.

Installed, I’ve got close to 4mm between the chainring and the frame (WT on their own website recommends 3mm minimum). So I figure I’ll throw on some helicopter tape and call it good.

Just for kicks, I mounted the chainring backwards, ending up with a 53mm chainline and approximately 2.5mm clearance. A little too close for comfort for not a significant change in chain angle, but an option I suppose.

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I just went out and looked at both of my Shimano 12 speed bikes. There’s no room to move the cassette outboard by 3mm and not have the chain actually hit the frames, or at least be right there.

Maybe bikes built around UDH and a 55mm chain line are different, and none of my bikes are.

I’ve got 1500ish miles on my 2022 Element. Even raced it this past year, feel free to ask anything.

New XC Zipp wheels. They look good, and I’m surprised it took this long given how popular the three zero Moto was.

I don’t see the point in the tyre whiz, and I’d rather use the Zipp rims with other hubs personally.

I’m using my normal 3 bolt Sigeyi chain ring with my T-Type GX chain and haven’t had a single issue yet.

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Did anyone race Sea Otter Fuego XL in 2023 or planning to race it in 2024?

I ran vittoria mezcals for the last couple of seasons and like them fine. I am wondering if there is a better tire for the conditions in CA.

is Sea Otter a good excuse to jump on the Racing Ralph bandwagon?

Count on dry, sand, loose conditions or a mud fest. Not much in between and sometimes both at the same time. Tough to dial in a specific tire.