February 27, 2013

Smartmoney Build 2013

I get asked about XX1 constantly, so here’s the lowdown: if you’re a frame customer, the complete XX1 group (trigger or gripshift, GXP cranks in either Q and either length) will run you $850. If you are not a frame customer DO NOT ASK TO BUY PARTS. Whew.

Front derailleurs are dead as aurochs, so XX1 is now “smart money”. You can debate me in the comments if you disagree, but IMO the performance advantage over any other system out there right now is huge. Hopefully we’ll see an X.9 level version next year.

Note that this build applies to any wheel size (26/650/29).

Smart Money 2013 – $4000

Frame: WW custom hardtail (full suspension: add $900, includes Fox CTD rear shock)

Fork Fox RLC (taper or non, 15 or 9mm axle)
Headset King
Stem Thomson
Handlebar Easton EC70 or Haven Carbon
Brake levers Shimano XT (choice of rotor size)
Shifters XX1
Front derailleur None
Rear derailleur XX1
Bottom Bracket XX1
Chain XX1
Cassette XX1
Crankset XX1
Pedals None
Cables/housing Included
Seatpost Thomson Elite
Brakes Shimano XT
Skewers Included
Wheelset ZTR hubs with Crest/Arch/Flow rims (your choice)
RimStrips Included
Tubes None
Tires Ignitor 2.1
Grips/tape Ritchey WCS
Saddle WTB Laser V pro