Headed out to the Gussy on Qball this morning around 11 AM. First time out on the Qball as a geared 29er hard tail and what a ride it was! I started riding this bike as a rigid single speed back in 2006. In 2007 I put a Marzocchi fork on the front and rode it as a hard tail until 2009 when I went Monster Cross on it and been riding that way up until now, with 5 different cockpit changes that included Gary Bars (flared drops) reversed three speed bars, road drops, Salsa Woodchippers and Misfit Fme bars.
Not ready for the colder temps so I waited for it to warm up. Beautiful day to be on a bike today. Ran into three guys riding down the Poly Brody and two hikers on the Gussy Trail. One thing I noticed was how excellent the Fox Fork is. Solid and reponsive and better than the Manitou Minute. I would like to put it on the Spot but it doesn't have enough steering tube for that application. Steel is real and riding today was buttah!
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Ever since I started riding the Kona I have to say that I really like bar ends again, especially when they are angled flat. Something about that position feels so different but so right, especially when I am climbing that I think I am going to have to try some Ergons on this rig.
On the ride home, the rear wheel felt wobbly so I took it to one of my LBSs that I frequent and it needed some work. Might ride it again Sunday after the trail work but it depends on how I feel.