Here at Pinkbike we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
Old Parts on a New Frame? Question:
Ehatcher105 wrote in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum: I'm currently saving up to purchase a new bike for next season. I'm looking at the Santa Cruz Hightower LT as I want a 29er and would like to participate in some enduro races. I'm trying to decide if it's better for me to buy the entire bike (CS to be exact) or to just purchase the frame only option and swap over applicable parts from my current bike (2017 Kona BigHonzo) like drivetrain, stem, handlebars etc. and purchase the other parts needed.
From where I look at it I can get a better frame in the CC, better shock (FOX Float Factory DPX vs. FOX Float Performance DPS), buy a better fork than what's on the CS model and get some good brakes, and all other necessary bits needed to complete the bike. Later on down the line, I can get better parts to replace the parts from my old bike and put them back to rebuild the Honzo.
Doing some rough calculations on prices, it's not going to be a huge difference and I get a better bike. I just want to get some opinions from the crowd here and see if what I'm thinking is a viable option or if there's a better way of going about this?
Relocating for Winter Question:
Pinkbike user @DJ-B-Whip
asked this question in the Freeride & Slopestyle forum: I live in Breckenridge, Colorado, but it's about to snow and I want to ride my bike more in the winter. I'm free to go anywhere, but don't have a clue where progressing dirt jumps and etc. are located during the winter. So I'm reaching out to you guys – where to go?
Commencal Supreme SX?Question:
Pinkbike user @tricyclerider
asked this question in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country:
Has anyone ridden the new Commencal Supreme SX yet? And honestly, if I were to do a few enduro races and maybe one DH race a year on it would I hate the extra weight and the burliness of it? I ride a lot of trail stuff in my area, but I ride the bike park probably 10-15 times a year (mostly Sunpeaks, but I also go to Whistler for a few days a year and Silverstar). I currently ride a Reign with a Vivid coil in the back so it's by no means a super efficient bike, but would the SX just be too much?
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