I got a decent deal ($225) on this 2013 3500 disc with a trashed rear rim, for a second light-ish weight project bike to use for longer/smoother rides. First I re-laced/trued a new Mavic XM119 rear rim. I already have the Heckler for the gnarlier terrain, so I decided to go full rigid especially after realizing the stock SR XCT fork was very annoying (clunky) and heavy. I settled on the Nashbar cromo (440mm) MTB fork. When I purchased the bike, it weighed a touch over 31 lbs. With the fork change and some spare parts I had laying around (cranks/bb, pedals, seat,) it is now at 26 lbs. This bike seems to handle great and rolls very smooth, I've done a couple 20 mile road/dirt road rides before the fork swap and was impressed how easy it was for a mountain bike. Haven't tried out the rigid fork yet, other than just testing around the block. Seems to handle great, very 'flick-able' especially compared to the Heckler. This will be a different challenge,and quite a throwback to pick lines again, as opposed to just hammering through the trails! I'm taking her on her 'first flight' tomorrow. Should be fun! Happy Trails!
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