I've been on mtbr for some time now, and received a great deal of enjoyment, help and support from many of you who have taken the time to share what you know. Thanks. In addition to answers to my questions, you have no idea how much I have learned from searching the old threads!
The other day I realized I hadn't introduced myself in the Clydes thread, nor in here. I made my big guy post the other day, and today I am crossing another one off my list by posting here.
I love SC bikes. All bikes really, but I'm pretty particular to my SC. Which happens to be an '05 Heckler.
Initially I was poised last fall to jump on a gorgeous white Nomad, but my washer AND dryer hit the skids and out the door went my bike money. But my whites are whiter. I saved for another couple of months, and in the early spring I was dealing on a Nomad frame....but I jumped instead when presented with a great deal on an XL Heckelr frame.
I was literally captivated the first time I held it after taking it out of the box. I'd never held such a beast before. It inspired confidence with nothing but a headset, a seatpost and a front derailleur on it. I kept that frame siting in my office at work until the snow was gone, and then I took it hom and built it up. It was my first build, and it went pretty well thanks to some excellent help from mtbr and my LBS. I have been riding in pure bliss ever since.
To be honest, when people would claim the ride was exceptional, or brag how great the bike was, in various forums I always took it with a grain of salt. But now I are one too! What a bike.
My wife heard so many times what an improvement this ride was over my old bike, that she started to drop some pretty big hints that she might like to upgrade as well. Hints like "Hey, why don't you find me a bike like that". I'm not too fast normally, but I read between the lines and about a month ago jumped on this used Juliana that popped up almost magically!
Anyone want to bet what she thinks of her new ride? She be amazed as well. And we are easy to tell on the trails. We are the two grinning, ripping, trying things we've never tried before and laughing about how AMAZING these bikes are. In fact, without upgrading to this bike I would not have learned that in the event of a slow, yet sudden (is that possible) OTB I can still get my legs high enough to throw them over the bars and walk away from it. HAH!
Check the bottom of the thread for the pictures of our new (to us) rides!
And my son? Stuck on his Kona Howler? He's feeling left out like you would not believe....if anyone has a SMALL Heckler they are looking to sell, drop me a line, I'd love to get him on the team too.....
Anyway, if you are still reading, thanks for sticking it out. From the Family that (Santa) Cruz's together....hi!
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