Hi all, Relatively new here, but I have been riding/racing 2 wheeled contraptions for years. Here's the deal:
At age 48, I have rediscovered the joy of skinny tires on dirt. Since I am getting along in years, I have to admit my days if CX racing are behind me, so I am now riding ATB lite, lots of it in the wet, most of it on hills. I am 185#, FWIW.
I currently own a 2001 Poprad which is pretty much stock. I am looking for upgrades in the areas of a 1" fork (stock shimmies under hard braking), and wheelset (stockers are pretty heavy). In addition, I am currently running Avid shorty 4s, but Tektro mini Vs are on order. I would prefer to keep the disc option open in case the Tektros don't cut it.
So, your suggestions?
Or should I just ditch the bike for something non-rustable, with discs already on it?
Thanks for the ideas.
I was leaning towards the Nashbar fork since it is relatively inexpensive and has a disc option.
I think the fork is responsible for the shimmy...before the last ride, I *slightly* overtightened the headset to see if the fork had been loose, my rims had just been scotchbrited and I was running brakepads only 2 rides old. Still shimmied under hard braking.
RE: Wheels, I hadn't thought about Neuvation, since I had mainly seen road wheelsets with a low spoke count, but that's a good idea, since I can just call him up.