Ya know, I've kind of been neglecting my 304 due to work and having recently purchased a road bike. So this week I hung a Manitou Radium R on the frame in place of the RockShox Deluxe that it came with. I've been wanting to upgrade, but didn't have the coin at the moment for a Fox RP23. First thing I noticed was that the Radium is a fraction of the weight of the RS. That thing coulda slowed a speeding locomotive. Another big reason for the switch was my fat arse. My 230 pounds was grossly over powering the spring on the Deluxe. The bobbing with every turn of the cranks was maddening. And wasting a *****-ton of energy and pedaling efficiency. So tonight I decided to set the pressure to 20% sag and take her for a spin around the block. She feels like a freakin rocket compared to when outfitted with the coilover. No bob, instant acceleration, no "float" when weighting for turns. Wow. Impressed.
I also recently added a WTB Speed V Comp saddle and Crank Brothers Smarty pedals. Saddle gets a big thumbs up over the SDG Comp it replaced. The biggest reason for the pedal swap was the fact that they were 20 bucks and I've been wanting to see what this whole eggbeater gadget was all about. They're OK, but I'd go back to my Ritchey Comps if I could find new cleats. Or just get the regular EB's.
Oh, I also locked the fork down at 100mm to better balance the suspension and get more of a cross-country feel. Yes, I count that as an upgrade.
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