Dammit you have me wondering about a set of these for the next build vs adding another set of Magura's to the fleet.
Service the bike you have and keep riding it. Save the money and hunt for a great deal on something that's modern.
The angleset and overforking is just a bandaid on something outdated. Continue to save up and hunt for a deal on a used bike that was ahead of the curve.
Brands like Whyte and Bird in the UK are direct to consumer and have had modern geo for a few years now. Rocky has had steep seat angles forever go up a frame size. Altitude Alloy 30 then take a hacksaw to the top of the seattube to lower the collar. Ride the larger frame size to get better seat position and live with not being able to slam the saddle way down, you'll be better for it.
Personally I don't think the bandaids are worth the cost and effort. They aren't going to make the outdated bike substantially better and in some cases they're just going to take the weakest feature on an old bike (seat position) and make it worse.
Thumbshifters are just awesome don't go dragging them into this :)
Stop putting bandages on outdated crap. Time is too precious to ride old crap. Buy a well designed modern bike.
" In fact, at times during the testing period I found myself wondering if I'd finally reached the point in my life where I was standing at the abyss, staring into a downward spiral of physical degradation. I'd get to the bottom of a trail and I'd feel like I had been absolutely worked. On fast and rough trails, I'd start out with gusto, then have to back off a bit and it would feel like I was hitting every bump and finding every hole, and I couldn't ride slowly enough to make the pain go away. Under a younger, stronger, better specimen of a human being, this might not be a problem. This bike would be the perfect second bike to my 20-something self that rode a DH bike all the time. But my old self started looking for ways to take the edge off."
An easy fix.
Mtb dryland with Bond training. http://www.bondtraining.ca/#train-smart
So the Optic is now a Sight.
The Sight will be come a Range?
The Range will become a Truax?
The Revolver will become the old Optic?
Came down to the comments to point that out.
I can close my eyes and picture that trail day on PS with the mini-donut machine, so wet. Karen either brought or found a way to send backed goods to every trail day for many years, this was outside of her time building on Boundary.
We all have weak moments in life that we regret.
In rust we trust. Don't go talking bad about rust, it's a beautiful creature.
"There was more stress than I like and I'll be happy to get back to Fiver racing and high fiving with beers at the end of those. That's more my speed these days."
We're here for you buddy. Fair warning you might get some ribbing but you'll still get your beer and high fives at the end of the Fiver World Champs.
So.eone didn't sweat the small stuff trimming that zip tie on ALN dropper lever. Why a zip tie on there in the first place?
Curious how just the two races is enough to qualify for Masters Worlds? Doesn't one need to be a national champ ie win the whole Canada Cup series to qualify for Worlds?
Good read, but hopefully this silly Masters Worlds stuff doesn't affect the more important FWS racing.
It's not up to the doctors to know, this was the NZ Enduro and not an EWS event. If I get a doctor to provide medical for the Fivers I am not expecting them to know the WADA list as it's not a UCI sanctioned event. IF you're the doctor doing medical for a UCI sanctioned BC Cup or Canada Cup I'd say they should be a bit more familiar with the WADA list.
Maes the the GT Team should have checked the list between the NZ Enduro and the first round of the EWS. My take is this is what the UCI is slapping them for.
Don't forget it's not just the builders that make the trails awesome. There is a boat load of work that goes on behind the scenes in front of a computer screen that makes it possible for all that trail work.
Regarding the climbing...have you thought about hitting the gym on the off season? You start hitting a routine of dead lifts and squats and you'll be climbing faster and more efficient than you did 20 years ago.