People often ask us what we are riding at the moment. Currently our test bike is a KTM Myroon carbon hardtail with some interesting spec.
The frame itself is fantastic. Weighing a mere 990 grams it is one of the lightest mountain bike frames on the market and it climbs like a gazelle. The full review is coming next week so we won’t spoil it now but just to say that although it is expensive you can see where the money is spent! For the record it is a 19″ frame. KTM don’t produce an 18″ which we normally ride but the 19″ has proved fine in use. We are actually in Austria today riding some of the new 2010 models in the KTM lineup. More on this next week when we have time to process all the info and upload the photos but suffice to see it has been a very worthwhile trip. Expect great things in 2010…
Currently we are running a Fox racing shox 15mm QR 100mm fork. It is the 2010 model and weighs in at 440 grams lighter than the current model. As it is a pre-production model it doesn’t feature the excellent Fox/Shimano lock out but we have found we don’t actually need it. The fork requires a slight change in mindset as you can ride straight through obstacles that might have deflected the wheel a bit but it is really good- this is the future of XC race forks. A firm favourite, we don’t want to give it back!
The groupset is almost exclusively Shimano’s excellent XT. We are still running the Dual Control shifters we tested a few months back (see here)and we really like them. Shifting is accurate, immediate and you can shift under power something that rapid fire struggles with. It is teamed with a Rapid rise rear derailleur. The only non XT parts are the cranks, BB, pedals and front mech. The frame takes an E-type front mech, which attaches to the bottom bracket rather than the seat-tube, and the only one we could lay our hands on when we were building the frame was an old LX one. This is the only thing we don’t like about the frame but it is possible that it is the mech, something we are looking to remedy at the moment.
Cranks and BB are the excellent FSA K-force Light 2×9 package featuring a carbon crankset and ceramic BB. The rings are 29/44 and have resulted in us riding more in the big ring with full use of the cassette due to the narrower Q factor. They are starting to look a bit scuffed but are really good. Weight wise they are 7- grams lighter than XTR.
Speaking of which we have just returned to Shimano SPD’s after riding Crank Brothers Egg Beaters for the past year. Having initially preferred the Egg Beaters we went back to Shimano as clipping in is more positive and easier with these. The XTR ones we are riding now are only a fraction lighter than XT but we think they are better? Maybe it’s in our heads but we need more time to wear them in properly anyway.
The rear wheels is a Stans NoTubes ZTRs (see here) which are fantastically lightweight at a mere 660 grams, 170 grams lighter than Mavic’s range topping SLR wheel. We are big fans and the front wheel will be going back on when we have to hand back the Fox fork and thru axle hub. Speaking of which this is a Hope 15mm QR hub on a Mavic rim and it tracks really well.
Tyres are Schwalbe Rocket Rons. We just received these a few weeks ago and they are excellent. Very fast in singletrack with low rolling resistance they are great but do suffer slightly in the wet on roots we think. More time is needed on these before we bring you a full test but so far so good. They are the non-tubeless version and we did puncture the other day but International racer Ryan Sherlock, tells us that he runs the same tyre tubeless so that is the next test for these beauties.
Componentry is from Ritchey and includes a WCS carbon fibre seatpost, handlebar and alloy stem. We really like these although the handlebar could be a touch wider. The seatpost is great but be warned that a carbon post needs to be inserted into a frame further than an alloy one so you might need the longer version! Still it is a great performer and as well as being lightweight smooths out the ride a bit too.
Grips are Lizard skins courtesy of the Cycle Surgery and are really good. The saddle is a Selle Italia SLR gel model and has just gone onto the bike but is very comfy so far.
Last but not least the bottle cage is from Ritchey and is made from carbon fibre. You didn’t think we could put a cheap alloy cage on a carbon wonder bike now did you?
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