I don't understand how these old bikes can ride so well, its crazy!
I did a killer XC ride a couple of weeks back that had us climbing up moorland then a 2-3 mile rocky downhill, the bike was great.
I took mine to some local woods last monday that has a proper trail setup, i have done this slight downhill trail a lot of times in the past on my hard tail, never felt like the 98 FSR was "ready" enough to use it at a proper centre.
This time i knew it felt ready enough (although still needs improvements)
And i just flew down the trail, i remember getting to the bottom and thinking "feck me! either i did that a LOT faster or its a lot shorter than i remember"
So i climbed back up the killer fire roads and did it all again
Then i mooched off into the woods for some of the unofficial trails.
Such a brilliant bike with a longer travel front fork on it (130mm on mine)
Just need to change the front fork bushes and swap out the crappy brake callipers for some nice BB7