@whatisthatsound titanium bikes are so sweet, but it's very much a luxury to spend that kind of coin on a hardtail. I'm already barely doing drops, due to lack of skill and the risk of injury and increased recovery time as I get older. I'm only 35 but I can feel it and I know my limits. Full time hardtail life is not what my knees need.
@drVanTraveler Okay thanks! Sounds like I've got a plan then. Kinda tempted to find chainrings that work with the existing crank, but good to know the process for getting it setup with the Altus crankset isn't too bad.
@drvantraveler Will do when I have time! Chainrings are visibly worn (I kinda figured they'd get replaced early when I bought it), cassette looks mint next to the cassette on my gravel bike which is sitting at 1400mi right now.
@highlander When I were a lad "suspension" was your ankles, knees, hips, wrists and elbows! With maybe a bit from low pressure in the tires and we did all right! Well, not really. I've only ever ridden a fairly modern full suspension bike once and it was a revelation. Compared to it my no-suspension whatsoever Cannondale M800 that I did all my offroad riding on for fifteen years was a body-abusing machine more than a mountain bike.
I remember seeing somewhere a video of Joe Breeze and Charlie Kelly at Repack comparing the full suspension bikes they ride now to the klunkers they started out on. Must be like going from the Wright Flyer to a T-38 during a flying career.
@spacekraken I live in a 15 unit building. There are 2x Crosstrek 3 or 4x Outback (all white!), a Forester, and an Impreza, along with a few other brand CUVs, a couple Jeeps, and believe it or not, 3 non-Subaru non-CUV cars.
@nowhere The TRP linear pulls are designed to work with road lever pull. I like the Major Jake, I think it's a scandium frame, but otherwise the same as the Jake. I've got dozens of races on the Jake and thousands of miles, so it certainly has done well by me. Kind of sad I sold it for $600, sold in a few days. Guy was totally stoked.