I might as well post this, while I still have it (or while I'm deciding what to do with it...
Rocky Mountain Blizzard 17.5" Reynolds 853
Forks - Magura Phaon 90-130mm
Brakes - Magura Marta SL 180/160mm
Drivetrain - Raceface Turbine cranks, RaceFace 32/22 chainrings,
Shimano XT 12-34 cassette, Shimano XT front and rear mechs.
BBG bashguard, N-Gear jumpstop chain guide.
Wheels - WTB Speed Disc on Shimano hubs.
Stem - RaceFace Deus 70mm.
Bars - RaceFace riser
Seatpost - Yeti ARC
Saddle- WTB Rocket
Grips - Kona Jackshit
Tyres - Conti Vertical 2.3" (or Maxxis Highroller 2.35 Super Tacky)
Pedals - Ritchey
I was previously using Marzocchi Marathon forks, but while it was nice having the ETA and lockout features, the Phaons beat them hands down for feel and rigidity and bombproof-ness, even though (being spring) they aren't the lightest. Wound down to 90mm climbing is good and 130mm is the answer once you start back down
, unless it's tight and technical when I leave them around 100mm.
As it's rare around here to see anyone riding something that isn't an off-the-shelf Specialised/Trek/Giant it's nice to own and ride for that reason alone, plus it is a lovely bike - I'm the limiting factor in all situations, especially at the minute it seems
It would be a real gem to have out in Greece, where the ability to use big volume tyres and the great brakes and suspension would be right at home on those long, rocky alpine descents. Maybe that's its "natural" home, somewhere with big mountains ? ?