So I did it. I bit the bullet. I jumped the gun. Pulled the trigger. I had my friends at the shop order in a Paragon. Yup, big wheels, 10 speeds, and 100mm of squishy fork. Now we play the waiting game. Ahhh - the waiting game sucks. Let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!
Anyhow, I enlisted some friends on twitter and facebook for advice since it's been a real long time since I'd ridden a mountain bike. Seemed as tho most of them agreed that I should prolly go 29er, hardtail. With aluminum I'd get more bang for the buck. Was looking at the Scott Scale, the Stumpy Comp, and possibly the Giant XtC. I don't care for the local Giant dealer, so I've have to find something out of town or online (hello eBay). And almost the same with the Scott, in that there are no local dealers at all.
I would have liked to have more ride time before I made a decision, but no one had a large in stock of whichever model for me to try. I tried the Specialized in a medium, it was nice, but you could tell the fork was only 80mm of travel, and I figured a little more would be better.
The Paragon has 100, and riding a different Fisher for sizing gave me a little more confidence that it's the correct size. A couple things I'm a little nervous about tho. A lot of people complain about the handlebar with 17 degrees of awkward sweep. And the press fit bottom bracket. Hopefully if I don't like the bars, I can swap them out for some others.
The only reason the BB is any concern, is that I'm thinking that when we head into winter, I convert to singlespeed and possibly install a rigid fork (if that's possible because of the 51mm offset). My idea was to use a Forward Components Eccentric BB to tension the chain instead of a tensioner. But since the bearings press in to the frame, there's no chance of that. At least I don't think so. Guess we'll see.
Hopefully I'll be able to hot the trail(s) soon. Maybe I can free up some time for the RMBT and volunteer as a ride leader sometimes. Of course I'm already kinda looking at some races. We'll see how that goes.
One last thing, I have no idea about tubeless technology. It sounds like voo-doo magic to me. What would I need to convert to that type of system. And does it work in the winter?
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