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So I have a mountain bike. A Specialized RockHopper Pro hardtail (2009/10 can't remember exactly).

Inspired by Bradley's success, and in a bid to get even fitter, and avoid the inevitable London Olympics fiasco/ineptidude/terrorist outrage, I feel the urge to escape the UK for a week or two on two wheels.



I also feel the need to mess around my bike, and change some components. After all, the people that made it cannot possibly have got it right first time, and there will have been cost based compromises at every step of the way.

So i'm thinking: a nice set of carbon fibre handlebars, or an ovoid crank set.

What would you Husi bicycle wankers recommend? (actually not trolling about the oval crank, I'm genuinely curious. It seems 'obviously' better from a scientific ergonomic perspective, but anecdotally most people don't seem to detect a difference).

My budget for pointless 'upgrades' is around £200.

Also, any recommendations for mountain biking vacations with instruction? I'm thinking about a trip to southern Switzerland. Saas Fee / Davos / Zermatt.

I'm basically a beginner, but with a lot of downhill mountain experience on skis/snowboard....

also, tubeless? or not?

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MTB by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 03:15:16 PM EST
I guess you already know about http://www.mountainbikeland.ch to find well maintained routes?

Get an older Rockhopper by marvin (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:59:28 AM EST
Rockhoppers may have had Shimano Biopace cranks around the 1986 model year. They were all the rage back then - I still have a set on a bike I bought in 1987. http://sheldonbrown.com/biopace.html

As for tubes, get something you can replace or repair yourself on the side of a trail with gear you can carry in an under-seat bag.

No comment on the riding, other than to say that mountain biking and skiing don't have a lot in common in my view.

They have a lot in common IMO by dmg (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 10:04:27 PM EST
  1. use of a mountain
  2. high speed downhill motion
  3. coordination and balance
  4. requires physical fitness
  5. lots of equipment to faff around with
  6. outdoors
etc etc

I now understand there are two types of ovoid cranks, to do with the pedal offset. I suspect I will stick with what I have.

The tubeless thing seems like a lot of work and mess. I think I'll carry spare tubes and tyres.

I am now the proud owner of a camelbak H.A.W.G NV 30 so I cannot wait to put it to good use.
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dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.

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when you fall you bleed by marvin (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 01:37:37 AM EST
Only happens on one of them. Big difference between cross country or trail mountain biking versus the sick north shore type stuff my neighbours kids do. Body armour, 6-12 inches of suspension travel, and bikes designed to only go downhill.

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