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Your Mission: make my bike race worthy!(9 posts)

Your Mission: make my bike race worthy!snwbdrhoon
Feb 3, 2003 5:53 AM
Since the 'cross season is winding down and the snow keeps piling up in New England, I thought I'd work on my bike a bit between ski runs. Here is a photo of my stock Trek XO-1 (Year 2000). It's new as of this summer. The goal is with approx. $1000 to make this a killer race bike. I don't have the $$$ to buy my dream bike (Aegis or Calfee or Seven). Thoughts? Feel free to tell me to save my $ until I have enough $ for a super bike.

Here's the component spec:
Trek XO-1 Alpha SL frame and fork
Rolf Vector wheels
IRC Cross Country Tires
Tiagra STI shifters/crank/BB
STX cantilevers
Icon Bar, Stem and Seatpost
Specialized Ti saddle
Eggbeater pedals
Headset (some generic shimano)
RSX derailleurs
XT cassette (8spd)
Feb 3, 2003 8:08 AM
What makes the frame and components not race worthy?

Riding the CT chainbiter 4.0 as my first race I saw many bikes, redlines (stock), treks (stock) a number of hottubes, specialized and IF's. Many with components similar to yours. I personally raced on my single speed commuter, I had a blast.

I understand the want and sometimes need to upgrade. I have been looking at wheelsets since my last race. Thoughts brewing of rebuilding campy 8 to campy 9 and a new tubular wheelset, fill my evenings. I honestly have better things to accomplish.

I would consider, in you situation, a second wheelset for racing under $300. And perhaps some tufo tires, tubular or the tubular clinchers $120. All the other parts will last years and when you break them, replace them. And start a piggy bank for a aegis, seven, IF, colnago or steelman of your dreams.
re: Your Mission: make my bike race worthy!hummu
Feb 3, 2003 8:16 AM
Sell everything that says RSX/Tiagra. Use the extra dollars to add to your $1000 total. Replace sold items with Ultegra. You'll need a new cassette, too. Should have some money left over for things like Paul Neo Retros, lighter tires, different shaped bars (if you're not happy with the Icons), or maybe a spare wheelset if you find a good deal or build your own. If you still have money left over, buy more wine. No, buy wine first.
re: Your Mission: make my bike race worthy!pauly
Feb 3, 2003 12:06 PM
Ride the bike 'til stuff wears out or breaks. In the meantime, use the $1000 for wine and/or a gym membership.
re: Your Mission: make my bike race worthy!HeavyD
Feb 3, 2003 5:51 PM
Amen. If you're not in the top 5% then it's the engine, not the ride.
on another routeatpjunkie
Feb 3, 2003 6:15 PM
keep the 8sp. XT cassette. better mud shedding. search ebay the web, etc. find Shimano XT Rear Der. (8sp). no offense to anyone but this is the most reliable, most abusable rear der. shimano has EVER made. I bought 2 on ebay for 50 bucks for both. running great with a back up. get a Ultegra Fr, Der. 9 will work but 8 has more room, say 30 bucks. Buy D/A or so Bar Ends 8 sp. run ya 40 more. Some Aero levers (D/A, Ult. 600, 105) run ya 20 more. Get some avid TriAlign Brakes (there's a set on ebay right now) maybe 40 or so more. Find a good crank and bb to match (any quality forged MTB or Ult. crank will work, just make sure you have the right rings) CambriaBike has an AC (runs XTR BB) crank that's forged and cheap!!!! You could build it up from them for say for about a 130 with rings and BB. Spend another $250 for an Ultegra O/P 3x wheelset and matching 8 speed casste and your total is $560. Maybe cheaper if you shop well. I built 2 swank bikes for about 900 each. Use the 450 or so you save to start Frankenbike #2 good luck
8 is great!
Keep an eye on Ebay ...triangleforge
Feb 3, 2003 9:42 AM
Keep an eye on Ebay for ... another Trek X0-1 just like it! Or maybe a Redline, Jake, Wazoo or something similar in an identical size, assuming you're happy with the fit of your Trek. A spare bike in the pits would have been the single most useful piece of equipment I found myself wanting this past season.

If that's not in the cards, I'd go for a spare wheelset, tubular, with Tufo tires on it, in 32c or whatever width is appropriate for racing in your area. Put Michelin Muds on your Rolfs for races when the goop's deep. Run the RSX/Tiara stuff until it breaks, then replace with 105 or Ultegra (and set aside some $$$ replace THAT when it breaks). Switch other stuff (bars, saddle) if you're not comfortable with them.

Seriously, there's nothing about your Trek that's not raceable right now. Whether you're looking for performance or just want to roll into the race with a kit that commands a bit of respect, a spare bike's the ticket.

Also want to race it on the road a bit.snwbdrhoon
Feb 3, 2003 9:46 AM
So the idea is to lower the weight a bit as well...
re: Your Mission: make my bike race worthy!cross bro
Feb 4, 2003 4:56 AM
I have raced the same bike in cross races in U.K for two seasons - Only thing I changed from day one were the cantis. I fitted Frog Legs -superb.
Other parts have been replaced as they were trashed or worn out - rear mech - bb- cassette etc., Rolfs are now about dead.
Went for a pair if Shimano 105 wheels as spares, look cool and perform well on and off road.