ok... so i've been using a Cannondale RZ140 for the past week and am already on my second rear-wheel. to be fair the old wheel had seen better days and as soon as the mechanic began to loosen the spokes they snapped.
but, i've already damaged to new (second hand) wheel.
i've always been a HT rider. my Alpine is built up to take abuse and have only ever destroyed one rear wheel in over 10 years of riding (4 years abusive riding). i find that i reach that "limit" much quicker on the HT and can hold it for longer. to get the same feeling on the FS i'm already riding much harder than i should be for the bike.
i like that feeling of being on the edge, knowing that if i had given it 5% more i would have been off. but the FS allows me to get away with so much more before i reach the point of grinning like a loon.
so, what i'm asking is: how can i grin without destroying the bike? i don't ride stupid lines just because i'm on a FS. i rider stupider (is that a word) lines on my HT, but it is built a little burlier. the bike i'm riding is a Cannondale RZ140 with RS Revs (140mm), RS Monarch and Mavic 317 rims.
if i keep destroying equipment my boss will be really pissed off (myself and a colleague "lost" him his quad-bike mechanic on the weekend after the guy fell on a technical trail and broke his wrist).
any tips (and abuse) will be gratefully recieved....