Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Suburban Boston
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Just finished putting together a 1997 trek 8000SX as a rigid. I fianlly took it out last night on the trails and loved it! I do know that I am limiting myself to some extent on some of my trail riding but I do have a FS that I use and I also tried the SS things as well.
I wasn't real suprised at how well it climbed (like a mountain goat) but I was pleasantly suprised how well it did going down hill on fast fire roads and how it tracked straight and true on tight singletrack. Brought me back to what I wanted out of mountain biking, to explore and to challenge myself. The FS makes thing very easy that the rigid was challenging on.
I am hoping that there are a few of you out there that still enjoy riding rigid and if you can think of any input as to what to expect as I delve deeper into rigid. Any tricks that help, things to avoid, ideas or suggestions. For example, suspension seat posts, do you use them and does it help. I found that I was almost always standing so my assumption is not really. How about riding position? Because we lack front suspension is it smarter to use a shorter stem to have a more upright seating psoition and to take the weight off my hands or do you use the same basic setup on a suspended bike?
I can see this bike quicklyy becoming my go to bike. My SUV of bicycles as it can do almost anything I want it to do and the ride to the trail was enjoyable as well.
Last edited by bidaci; 06-14-06 at 06:50 PM.