My new stem came in yesterday and I dropped the d440 off on my lunch break. Picked it up later that evening and took it our for a test ride at the park across the street from the shop.
Very, very happy!
The stem made such a big difference. I was able to pedal the trails instead of taking coasting breaks to switch hand positions. Also the bike was much easier to handle (probably due to lack of pain).
I moved off the beginner trails and explored some of the intermediate trails (this park, quiet waters, has beginner & int. trails). It felt like the old days, well almost! I stayed off of the gnarlier stuff until I get a feel for the bike. Last night's focus was to get used the new stem and handling.
Needless to say it was the best $30 I've spent in awhile. Combined with the ergon gp1 grips the bike is pretty close to dialed in. I have an ebay speed v seat on the way but I certainly rode the redline stock seat fine last night.
I still might play around with the new origin8 OR spacebar when it's out but I don't think I "need" it at the moment.
Kudos to Jim of Jim's Bicycles in Deerfield Beach, FL. He watched me ride and picked out the stem. It's nothing special - basic origin8 threadless stem. I'll have to get the specifics. Pretty high rise and fairly short, especially compared to the stock synchros that came with the d440.
Oh, and with more comfortable riding position I really could feel the "suspension" factor of the 29er.
Yup, had the best trail ride yet! Looking forward to more.
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