Its been a long time since I did much mountain biking. Probably ten years or so, but I always loved it. After wounding my knees I got all anxious about riding in the dirt, and especially uneven dismounts. You know the kind; when you bail but manage to get a leg under you to run out of it. That there technique is critical kung-fu for not smashing your teeth out. But it was worrying about those kinds of falls on rebuilt knees that kept me on the road and safe.
But, 2 years post left knee fixing, things feel burley enough to throw a leg back over a mountain bike again. So I purged one of my road bikes and will put the funds to something squishy. Maybe 5 inches of travel. Not so far away from an XC bike that I’m putting it in a truck to get it to the top. You don’t drive your bike to ride your bike – not from the trailhead, anyway.
I swapped out all the choice parts from my racier roadie to my 12 year old one and I’m pretty psyched with the outcome. This thing feels like a pretty serious crit weapon.
– C’Dale aluminum. Nice and stiff. Harsh on 100k, but there’s Advil.
– Circa 1999 Shimano 9-speed Ultegra. Still works just fine.
– A new 11-26 cassette. No way I’m riding a straight block!
– Thompson Elite seatpost with setback.
– Fizik Arione saddle.
– Dedaccia stem and bar combo. Wide and beefy.
– Easton EA 90 Aero wheelset paired up to Michelin PRO2 rubber.
– Look Carbon Keo pedals.
Here’s a handy slideshow. The original bike gracing the vistas of Maui, the racy one that got cannibalized and sold, the beer fueled operation mid way through, and the final FrankenBike.