Please bear with me – a bit of a long one.
I currently have a 2011 Santa Cruz Heckler built burly with EX721 rims, 9x3 XT, Fox 36 Talas Kashima. ‘Tis my dream MTB. Built up over many years replacing broken bits with better bits on my previous bike until I finally bit the bullet and bought the new frame and forks 2 years ago.
I also have an On-One 456 Summer Season. Cracking bike again built quite burly – Oldish set of Pike 110-140 airs. EX721s again.
Both built burly as I am a large Clydesdale rider who breaks a lot of stuff.
Last summer I got myself my first ever road bike. Change in work circumstance – working away a lot more, our first child, means mountain biking has gone out of the window right now. When I work away I take my road bike to commute from my accommodation and for rides in the evenings. Occasionally I’ll take my hardtail away instead of the road bike for commuting and off road evenings.
When I am at home I just get the odd road ride or commute in. And a very occasional short XC blast on the HT, or HT road ride with the little’un on the back in the Hamax. Just maximising bike miles and family time. The half and full days out off road aren’t happening right now.
So my Heckler is sitting in the garage doing now’t. Feeling sorry that I’m not riding it on all day epics and finding the steep rough stuff it enjoys. It’s also depreciating. Especially with all this 29 / 650b nonsense going on…
All my mates I speak to say – don’t sell it. You’ll regret it. But it’s sat there doing nothing. Been out twice this year. Once on the Dyfi Enduro and once the week before for a quick ride to check it was OK!
Current thinking is break up the Heckler and sell the frame. Use the money I make to maybe upgrade the On-one 456 to another steel frame – Bfe perhaps and pair it with the Fox 36 forks? I’ve had some great fun on the HT on some quite rough stuff and wonder if I am overbiked right now with the Heckler. Maybe if I can sell enough stuff put it towards another road bike and use my current as a winter / commuter.
PS not a gauging interest thread