The brake looks crazy but the Hopes are a disappointment in terms over over the bars stopping power, rather it has a beautiful progressive feel thats super easy to modulate so the risk is minimal. We did debate a rear setup but he doesn't go offroad enough to warrant the work. We tried different forks at first (shorter) but it messed up the geometry so it has 5" Marz Air forks with a lot of air in them now, its quite hard to get the rear off the ground unless you shift weight.
The shifter is working in reverse but the mech is working as normal, the thing is as a two armed guy it takes me enough time to get used to having it all over the left anyway so any issue with the shift twisting the 'wrong' way is lost
I will look into the Sram triggers, it was so hard to see from photos how some stuff worked and I'd bought so many crap parts that I had to flog on/return I didn't want an expensive shifter that didn't fit.
I got the wrong frame, I'm out of the loop and didn't realise a jump frame weighed so much (duh). Its a beastly 5 n bit pounds but over all the bike is just under 28lbs. Considering he was riding something from Halfords at more like 38lbs he is happy now :O
97 GT LTS-1
99 GT Lobo DH 1000 x 2