Yep, FIND is what screamed into my mind when I saw the ad. There where no pics and 20 odd people had viewed the ad already, but no one had grabbed it
Was stunned how light the frame is!
I'm a bit of a bike virgin really, 40 years old and got my first "bike again" since childhood/teenage only a few months ago, a Kona Blast 2008. It's ok, but pretty quickly it seems a little unwieldly and more to the point a wee bit loveless, but the lust for riding every day has definitely won. So enter the new obsession of "stylish bike built to my spec" which quickly led to this beautiful place!
My riding consists of riverpaths between Richmond and Sunbury really and as a general runaround, so no mad dirtfest or downhilling. Rigid fork should work well really. There is one part of my favourite run which at speed gets pretty bumpy though and front shocks do have a general appeal to me when 'swallowing' across bumpy stuff, a bit of park at speed, etc....let's see......the rigids and steel frame might just surprise me.....
Was going to go modern 9 speed on the drivetrain with SRAM x9, but now thinking **** that, the old STX RC derailleur came out shiny and pretty after wool and autosol and feels solid as new, so 8 in the back with the matching STX RC shifter and one ring in the front it is.....I get the impression this Hopper has not had a lot of love OR use, just leaving in the rainy garden. Those tyres look original to me and the tread is virtually new. Look decent too, now that they're cleaned up. But I feel the need to get DMR Supermotos