Im excited, anyway-im putting a pair of Continental Contacts on today (first time for that, switching tires) and a set of Ergon E1 grips (these don't have the paddles on them). Should be a fun day! Now I just have to figure out if my barends will go back on or not after the new grips.
If you'd asked me when I rode my Giant in college (the first 4 years) I'd have had no idea the amount of tweaking and customization you could do on an MTB frame.
Funny story-my son was looking at bikes at BikeRack today (he's 8) and suggesting what he thinks I should get next-so Im half listening as Im talking to the shop guy about tires and he's comparing Botrangers (at 40.00 a tire) to what Im trying to get, and when I stop and look I realize that Ian has wandered up to the Trek/Cannondale land. Madone 6.9's and Cannondale roadies and the like.....from 1500 up to over 5,000. Ian thought I should get a Madone flavored one and I had to tell him that 1. I value my wife, and my life, and 2. I don't deserve something that nice, and 3. I'd feel like Id break the darn thing because it's so light. His response, " well....you could always get another one!"