Not quite recovered from a sore knee yet, but couldn't resist it any longer. Did my standard Tour de Fracture of Evanton Wood tonight, which is typical woodsy fare ... lots of short sharp ups and downs and dirt singletrack with roots and rocks.
The bike felt really nice actually ... very stable and neutral and just really sorted. It climbed wonderfully and was better on the downs than it had any right to be. I've only stuck in what was available ... an old Larsen 2.0 LUST and a 2.25 Ardent front, but even with those I'm going to give it a good going over. I can see me investing in some serious rubber ... anyone know if Chunky Monkeys are bigger than HDs?
Minor criticisms ... the 17" frame was perfect for me as a suspended 26er, but now feels a tad small in 96er guise. I might look for a trade with someone for a 19". The front end is slightly lower than I would have liked so I've got a daft riser stem on to find the right position. Wide bar ordered fro it from the CRC sale. Not much to criticise really ... the bike's a lot of fun.