We are doing the 'Puffer for the first time this year. team of four, so nothing too 'solo' insane. I am hearing some horror stories about the special grinding paste that the course applies to your bike.
Am i about to destroy my bike? I dont mind going through brake pads, but am i about to destroy my brand new forks? am i about to wreck my transmission?
i dont mind wear and tear, bike is meant to be ridden and happy to ride in all weathers. i dont mind scrapes, marks, and am happy to replace parts periodically from winter riding. I am just slightly concerned that this one event could be a rather expensive undertaking. i am considering if its worthwhile taking entire transmission off, and putting nearly completly worn out 9 speed stuff (currently in the 'you never know when a 5 year old 9 speed XTR chainset will come in handy' box) back on. or even building up an old frame i have knocking about.
Do most folk just ride with their normal components and just accept its going to shorten their life (thats the components life, hopefully not the rider :wink:) a bit, but worth it in the grand scheme of things. or are people de-pimping their bikes for the event?