A few years ago I rebuilt my Soul to be a tougher beast (I was mostly riding in the Peaks) but now I'm down South riding only Surrey Hills, it feels a bit cumbersome. It doesn't help that I ride road most of the time too, and any MTB feels ponderous on the climbs and flat in comparison to full carbon loveliness!
Current set up is flat pedals, Mavic EN521 rims on Hope hubs, hi-rise bars and big fat 2.35 tyres. It's great going down but far too much time to take in the view on the ups and not that swift on the flats either...
Current thoughts are:
1. Lower rise bars, to bring myself forward - easier to get the power down and do so efficiently.
2. Skinnier tyres - say 2.2 but not sure what to get. Any thoughts for general trail tyres?
3. Lighter wheels - 719 on Hope
4. Back to SPDs