For the first time this year after a summer riding the roadie. And you know what? It was awesome, really enjoyed every minute of it, great bit of singletrack, some good climbs and a good bacon sarny at the top of the hill.
A few observations though:
The handling on a 140m. Hardtail is so different to my roadie, slower turning and this took quite some getting used to.
Wide straight bars a quite odd after riding 42mm drops for a year, I think I need some bars with more sweep. I do accept this may have affected the first point
Wow the brakes are good, I have "good" rim brakes on the road bike but by gosh 185mm disks are wonderful in comparison.
2.35" tyres are a not much fun on the road(I had 1 mile to ride to get to the trails) but they are also not as bad as I thought they would be.
Finally, it was nice not concentrating on going fast but just on bring out in the countryside, a more sedate pace was quite nice actually.
Anyway, I'm sure this is little or no interest to anyone else but it was quite a big deal for me!