Did the Gisburn Enduro today, was really well organised and it had a good atmosphere (I can't work out why they built the new Hub café so far from the car park, or vica-versa). The trails were good, there's not masses of elevation at Gisburn so it was always going to involve more pedalling than some other enduros I've been to. Totally burned my legs out on the last stage and then they'd moved the finish 50m up the track after I'd done the practice so just when I came round the corner thinking it was all over I had another hill section to climb!
Bike was great, gears attached to bike not so. I spent about 45mins yesterday fine tuning the front and rear derailleurs, went riding up the street shifting up and down repeatedly. Got the front one dialled in after a while, and it didn't drop the chain past the granny wheel at any point like it's done in the last few rides. It requires a tremendous amount of thumb power to shift up on the front derailleur though. I'm very close to going single up front, so any tips on what I need to be aware of in this bike would be helpful.
The rear derailleur though, what a load of rubbish. It's fully dialled in so it shifts no problem (well 95%) on the bike stand. But when you're riding it's just a different story, failing to shift in the middle gears of the cassette, having to go up two gears and back down one constantly, phantom shifting, slow under power. I'm constantly comparing it my old SRAM XO gears, but once they were set up, they shifted faultlessly every time. I know the Shimano are cheaper, but it should still work.
Anyways, I'm thinking single cog up front, new cassette and rear derailleur out back. Now, just need to work some overtime to be able to afford all of that!
One final point, I'm wondering if I burped the rear tyre on the 2nd stage practice run as it seemed flatter after that, but I'm pretty paranoid about tyre pressures at the moment so maybe I was just finding a problem where there wasn't one. I was really glad I was running tubeless today as there was some rock sections that you ploughed through at top speed. I do find the valves leak fluid a bit when pumping the tyre up though. Otherwise the tyres seemed to work really well. I had one major moment on a gravel road trying to turn into stage 3 start at top speed and drifted into it, thanking my lucky stars I ride flat pedals as the quick foot tap saved me crashing, but they seemed to work well with the rear giving way under pressure but in a controlled manner, the front stuck well (I have been working on that in my cornering though so hoping it's paid off a bit).
Gears aside, it was a great bike to ride yet again.