Something that has worked well in Salmon Arm was for the (only) LBS to get on board. Last year, anyone who purchased a new bike got a single Shuswap Cycling Club membership. Adding family members was left up to the new member. I’m not sure how many will renew in January when their memberships expire, but the numbers look pretty impressive in the meantime.
(Um, thinking about this now, I think it was actually 2017 and I may have accidentally let my membership lapse. Note to bike clubs: use a CRM and get those reminders out!)
This helps shed some light on why mountain biking isn't much of a spectator sport. I watched a televised ski race there yesterday and it looked terrifying. The bike doesn't convey the same sense of speed or danger, even though as a rider I know there's no way I would do it.
I brought one of these home late this summer, and I agree with everything so
far. Just swapped the 34T ring for a 30, and I'm faster overall on any ride
that includes significant climbing. I too left the rear Ardent alone, but went
DHRII up front (due to a worldwide shortage of 27.5 DHFs, it would seem).
Otherwise, the bike is brilliant. Coming from a 66.5 degree head angle bike I
had concerns about that, but so far the steeper head angle has only bitten me
once, and provides benefits elsewhere on the ride that make up for it. I am
amazed on every ride at how capable a 5ish inch bike can be.
I don't have a long history with Kona, my only other one having been a 2004
King Kikapu, but so far I'm a fan. Looking forward to hearing more!
As far as I know there isn't a trail with this name yet, and maybe it's not offensive enough to be worthy of this thread, but I really want to name a trail Brokebike Mountain. (Of course for that to happen, I'd have to build a trail ...)