I've been messing with other bikes too much and as a result the Bulls was kinda neglected. However I do still have it and it keeps evolving.
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One of the Formula RX brakes was leaking, so I replaced them with XT M785 brakes. Big mistake, I later found out that the reservoirs are in the way of thumbies, so for now I'm stuck with the stock shifters.
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The 180mm Hope rotors were replaced with a 180mm XT at the front and a 160 at the rear. Parfumisme sorted out the hose lengths and set the brakes up for me. After all the misery with the Formulas, I really didn't want to do this myself anymore.
The fork was dropped to 60mm using Rockshox spacers in the left leg. With 185psi it's about perfect for my current 192lbs (aiming for my 160-165lbs ideal weight by the end of August).
Of course dropping the front this much did affect the geometry and hence the handling, but not by that much really and the small changes are positive. It feels more like a 90s short-travel hardtail than one of those modern 100+mm bikes with their slack geometry.
Oh, and if you're going for such short travel, it has to have one of these decals.
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The dual 1 liter bottles should come in handy for my daily 35-40 mile trips, but I tend to drink less than half a liter from them because the water tastes like liquid plastic as soon as it is exposed to the sun's heat. I know there are bottles with a special inner coating that preserves the taste of the water, so I guess it's time to look for those.
Next winter I'll probably get a closer-ratio cassette and a mid-cage or short-cage mech. I never use the granny ring or the tallest few cogs on the cassette, so I might as well get a better choice in the gears I do use. I'll probably go for slightly larger front chainrings too, the current 42/11 top ratio gets used a lot and I found myself trying to upshift from it at least half a dozen times in the last 2 days.