About 2 months ago I was ripping down a local DH trail behind my 14 year old son. I was on my HT with a 5 inch fork and he was on a 09 Big Hit 1. I stayed right with him until we hit the bottom part of the run - stuff got a bit bumpy and he walked away. I knew this day would come - but I figured I would prolong it as long as possible. So I hit my LBS up and picked up a 09 BigHit 3. Colors are a bit loud - but it will do. First ride tomorrow. I'm going to try with platforms - but it's been a while, clipless may go on soon after.
Yes - the reflectors and pricetag are coming off before the ride.