My poor bicycle was destroyed last week in a hit & run. Aluminum w/ Carbon stays & fork. It was only 3 months old. I have some generous friends who want to help me get a Moots (they tell me at least I won't be able to break that), and I'm breaking down to the pressure... wavering between the Vamoots CR and Vamoots RSL. Most components will come from my destroyed bicycle, though, as most are salvageable.
So- what do you recommend? I'm 5'3", 125 lbs, and my destroyed bike was 48/49cm, pretty compact geometry. The events I'm registered for are generally 100+ miles with a LOT of climbing (10K+ ft. vertical, 20K+ vertical for the Alta Alpina 8 pass). This is only my second season of serious riding. My first season was on a 23 year old Vitus 979 that was too big for me and finally kicked the bucket. My greatest strength: Handling on fast, winding downhills. You can see a couple examples of my downhill riding here:
(on the 48/49 cm Stelvio XRP- Lookout Mountain)
and here (on the 54cm Vitus 979- Loveland Pass)
The gear ratio I've been using has been a SRAM Rival modified compact, 52/36T on the front and SRAM 1070 11-32t 10sp on the rear.