I'm new here, so be gentle please...
I just came back from a weekend at East Burke's Kingdom Trails. I brought 2 bikes: my Giant Trance and my "initiation" SS bike. I had an old GF SuperCal frame from the late '90's in my basement, from the batch that the paint didn't hold: tried to clean with a pressure washer once and the paint came off....old XT cranks, old XT v-brakes, old set of wheels (XTR rear hub from my racing days...), Bontrager ti flat handlebar, alu bar-ends (those are great on a singlespeed!!!) and a not new Manitou Black Super-Air 100mm. Geared 32 X 18. Shwalbe Rocket Ron tires.
My expectation was that I would probably end up walking about 25% of the hills and have the rest of the group wait for me a few times. Well, this didn't happen. Stayed in front and didn't walk. (...some of it was pride (ego?) I guess...) Granted, we probably did not ride the biggest hills, but we rode most of everything, both sides of Darling Hill.
I had a big smile on my face for the 5 hours we rode. Only had to remember to attack instead of spin. I loved it. Didn't use my Trance this time.
The only thing my 51 years-old back didn't always agree with is the hardtail part of the bike. When I raced this bike a long time ago, I was using the older version of the Thudbuster. It really saved my back and I'm thinking of geting one again, or trying a Rockshox seatpost or something.... I know I'll be adding maybe 200g but my back needs it. After the first hour, I took some air out of my rear tire (not converted to Stan's yet....only had time to do the front before the weekend..) and that made a huge difference in comfort.
I will be slowly upgrading parts to get a lighter/better/more comfortable set up when budget allows. I'm already dreaming of a Ti frame... Anyone has a size small (16") for sale, cheap or knows where to find one???
I'll be spending some time on this forum from now on,
Cheers from Canada,
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