...sure, why not!
If anyone is still wondering about the burliness and adaptability of the Honzo no need to worry.
I rode the Honzo in the Whistler Bike Park a few evenings ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
By no means was my ride a definitive test. But I think the bike did well.
The ride was the weekly WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association) Toonie Ride/Race. This past week's ride had us pedaling up into the bike park and then descending.
The descending portion of the course was down technical Blue trails (Karate Monkey and Samurai Pizza Cat) and Blue jump trails (Lower Crank It Up and Heart Of Darkness).
The Honzo is still a hardtail so things were very rough at times. However knowing the lines on all these trails helped "smooth" things out a bit. What surprised me was how comfortable the Honzo jumped. My main concern was my seat height because my Reverb collar is still relatively high for jumping. To have my seat at full pedaling height the collar of the Reverb post needs to be up out of the frame quite a distance.
My only other "complaint" is the Revelation fork. It is not high speed consecutive hits/braking bump kind of fork. At least not under a 6'6" 250lbs rider! My wrists were killing after finishing the Toonie.
I just got the 12x142mm dropouts as well. I did notice a substantial difference in the lack of flex in the rear of the bike compared to the regular QR setup.
There aren't any serious action pics but here are a couple.
One I took with my phone at the start and the second is by the business who hosted this past week's Toonie, the Garbanzo Bike & Bean.
There was about 200 people who attended this past Thursday's Toonie.
My legs were in cramptastic condition at this point. It was about 1/2 of the way up.
Three side notes:
1- The MRP micro guide should actually be delivered to my LBS on Monday. The ordeal that I've had to go through to get the right guide would take a whole other thread!
2- I received warranty parts directly from SUNRingle for my rear hub. Now I have a higher engaging freehub which should, hopefully, lead to a longer life span of the freehub.
3- I was reminded again of how shitty the stock Shimano rear hub is. Because my SUNRingle freehub gave it up about a month ago I swapped in the stock rear wheel to keep me riding while I waited on repair/warranty of the Charger Pro freehub. I got a total of 2 rides out of the Shimano freehub before it disintegrated!
This is a freehub that was warrantied last year after 3 weeks of riding and then took 2.5 months to be fixed (see the Honzo Build Thread for background on that). Once the Shimano hub was fixed I didn't use that wheel thinking to keep it as backup.
What an F'n SHITTY piece of bike equipment!!
2 rides on the warranty replacement freehub before it shit the bed!
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