Mate, that geometry looks so right to me....
With a handbuilt 853 frame and a fox fork, i would want to spec that to the hilt with XTR and the like, im
sorry i just wouldnt be able to have that and not do.
It was pretty much thrown together as fast / cheap as possible to get it going, and since then I have not stopped riding it long enough to think about an upgreade, plus, there have been one or two projects consuming funds
But I was looking at the photo after I posted it and though, you have got to get some decent running gear on that poor bike, so it is now due an upgrade at some point soon.
It's a great riding bike as it's nippy, stable, easy, fun and predictable to ride, which makes it my go to workhorse. It is
starting to share that position with the DB, but for trail, training and general all round riding, it's my kiddie, and if you look at the Today's Ride thread in the general section, you will see my woodland snow ride, when I took it into the local woods this winter.
If only Shimano would take the sensible route and produce grip shifters, I could be tempted with XTR. As they don't, then it will have to be SRAM XX or X0.... I could always use it to try 1 X 11
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