I have had my GF Tassajara with Hayes mech brakes for about a year now, but have been seriously biking it for only the last few months. I have found the more I am getting into biking, the more problems I run into with the bike. The first being climbing. As I am building up better and better endurance, I have found that it is extremely tough for me to reach the top of a narrow climb, because when I stand up, I lose traction, and when I'm seated, the bike doesn't want to move, and I have heard others mention it was slightly more difficult because of the genesis geometry of the frame. Secondly, pinch flats are horrible and I have gotten so many of them, but not a single one on the trails I ride. I always receive my flats from riding on the street (something I do for exercise daily), while trying to jump just minor curbs. I can probably attribute that to my weight (220 lbs) and the fact that I come down too hard on the back tire (I have already bent the rim slightly). If any of you guys have some advice for us bigger riders and a hardtail bike like the tass., I'd love to hear it.
I'm glad I'm getting back into biking almost a year since I got the bike, but I can already tell there is no going back. And the clipless pedals I got really keep me glued down, so no more pedal foot slips which scare me to death!
It feels good to be back!