As a few of you know (and, of course, most of you don't) I spend a fair amount of time in Greece - Platsa, in the Southern Pelloponese, to be more specific.
There are some fair sized mountains there (the Taygetos range)and some good riding to be found once you get to know the place. A lot of that tends to be dirt road climbing with descending either on the same or on Kalderimis (cobbled, steppy mule paths about 2 metres wide, often with multiple switchbacks) or Monopatis, which are basically just footpaths, often between dry stone walls and a lot of time just over the bedrock and pretty steep, because mules can go anywhere.....
So, not much that's "flowy" but rather lumpy and technical with, in places, big penalties to pay for getting it wrong, either because of exposure or just because it's all so f*cking rocky, thorny and unforgiving.
Anyway, for the last few years I've just had my old '95 Kilauea out there, with 120mm Marzocchis and a disc brake on the front, which actually isn't at all bad but now I fancy building something else up and shipping it out for next spring/summer.
I'm thinking Mk2 Alpine but has anyone who rides this sort of stuff any other suggestions? Bear in mind that I am an old fart who won't see 60 again but I do like technical, trialsey type descending (having been a trials rider, I suppose :roll:)so something slack-ish but still agile and that doesn't make climbing too much of a chore, although actually, I like climbing.