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Sunday, May 03, 2009
KTM Carbon RACE LC MASTER
Image: 2009 KTM Bike Industries

KTM's RACE LC MASTER - Carbon Mountain Bike - Value Priced

MATTIGHOFEN, AUSTRIA - KTM Bikes of Austria has a 2009 mountain bike called the 'RACE LC MASTER' and is probably the best value KTM racing mountain bike in a carbon hardtail configuration (no rear shock) for the level of equipment offered. The RACE LC MASTER is a mountain bike that can be used for competitive racing or just for serious leisure purposes, and its good looks will  turn almost anyone's eye. This KTM mountain bike comes with very high-spec hardware that is not usually found on top marque lightweight MTB's with a list price of just 2799.00 EUR.

The RACE LC MASTER uses KTM's proven carbon fibre technology for the frame, which they say is a very stiff carbon monocoque design. KTM has formally perfected their carbon monocoque frames through the design of their most expensive and very competitive full suspension 'SCORE PRESTIGE' carbon racing mountain bike.

The RACE LC MASTER's full carbon frame is available in Medium (43 cm), Large (48 cm), and X-Large (53 cm) sizes. The RACE LC MASTER is painted in carbon and white (as shown in the photograph), and the bike has a real quality look in appearance. The KTM RACE LC's total weight is just 10 kg (without pedals), which is a very competitive overall weight for the price.

What makes the KTM Carbon RACE LC MASTER mountain bike an attractive buy is the high spec equipment the bike is sold with. For instance, you get excellent shift capability with both the shift levers, front and rear derailleur being Shimano's top-of-the-range XTR series. The front shock is also very capable, light and high-spec and is the proven Rock Shox Reba Race (1.61 kg), with 80 mm of travel and a remote lock-out handlebar control.

For the crankset, gear cassette, hydraulic brakes, brake levers, discs, and pedals are Shimano's Deore XT series, just one series below the top-of-the-range XTR series. For the dynamic wheelset, KTM specifies hubs by DT Swiss (370 Disc CL Black), DT Swiss Aero 2.0/1.0 spokes, and 26" DT Swiss XR 4.2d rims, with Schwalbe 'Rocket Ron' 26" x 2.1 Tires. For steering, KTM has installed a Ritchey Pro A-Head Headset, a Ritchey Pro 4-axis A-Head stem, and the ever-important handlebars are Ritchey Pro's OS Flat Alu 2014 type.

For the seating, the RACE MASTER LC uses a Ritchey Pro 2-bolt ALU 2014 seatpost (30.9 mm), and the seat is an excellent quality race series Selle Italia SLK Spez Edition (weight: 220 g). All of this excellent work of specifying quality high-end equipment at a value price should make most customers very happy with what they have obtained in the purchase of this KTM bike. 

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