You know people that buy a complete bike, adding pedals and bottle cages and then just ride it as it is?
I want to be like that but have my thought about different things and always ending up with changing a lot of parts. Like this week when I borrowed a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29 2017 and started to complain on the heavy Grid tires so even before I mounted pedals I changed to Control tires to get it a bit lighter 😉
Today I met up with Fredrich who has the same bikemodel but in size Large and he changed the bar, stem and tires so far 😉
We rode together with Alexander and Kangas this morning. Those can ride and I had a really hard time trying to keep up. So happy for the Öhlins dampers keeping me on track when I couldn’t and the bike got better the more I tried to push it 😀
Behind this thoughts is my roadbike. This year I was riding Sram Force1 that worked fine in Sweden with a regular Force22 rear derailleur. But had too much problem when I mounted my Force1 rear derailleur and never got it to work smooth. Wanted to have a 11-36 cassette when I went to France but it didn’t work and I had to go with 11-32. Same on Rapha 12Hills. Found it hopeless and planned to change back to 2×11 for 2017.
Dreaming of a Campagnolo Record group with hydraulic brakes but it seems to be far away and would be expensive. 2nd thought was Rotor Uno. Hydraulic brakes and gears which seemed really cool and would be released now in January. But would be really expensive that too…
3rd thought is to keep it simple, focus on the riding and to change chain in time. Rode 7000km on my Force1 group without doing anything with the brakes except adjust them when I changed wheels. Flawless and the brakes felt like a dream with super modulation. Now every road disc brakes got Direct Mount which my Tarmac doesn’t have. Found a couple of old Sram Red22 hydraulic shifters at work and stopped thinking.
I will change the red color on them but that’s it. Fit and forget. My tarmac is the bike I’ve ridden the most in my life and it got a special place in my heart. Thought about selling it and change to something new but can’t of any better bike in the longterm so unless I get a super offer I will keep it. Really fun bike that keeps the roadriding enjoyable.
It’s been a long year and sometimes it doesn’t feel as good and you need some change, or a break up from the regular rides. Or just ride without a purpose, without being pressed to keep a certain speed, just riding because you’re made to move and think it’s boring to just sitting alone in a sofa.
Then it’s awesome to get the chance to ride the best. I got to borrow Specialized’s best trailbike with the new Sram XX1 Eagle, Öhlins new RX36 fork and their STX22 airdamper rear. An S-works Stumpjumper FSR
It’s not a bike for gravel, not a bike for sprinting uphill. It’s a fun bike made for singletracks and it love to give you a great smile 🙂
I rode for 1,5h this morning without more purpose than to go out and enjoy the nature and awesome trails we got here outside Stockholm.
Recommend you to sometimes ride without purpose, without pressure and keep it fun 🙂
Tomorrow it’s time again but adding friends to get the riding even better 😀
I’m feeling really blessed to be able to ride with with so many good friends 🙂 Earlier I did Le Peloton on fridays too but now I have the chance to sleep a bit extra and ride with other shopworkers, a group called Enduromorning and I have called the ride Le Snooze. Today I met Patrik and the Kangas brothers at Hammarbyhill at 7.45 for a Le Peloton CXloop ride in fikatempo. Not all out…
We didn’t go as fast as last Friday, the ground was a bit more wet and stickier than last week. So 1h5min instead of 1h3min. And some fast riding as usual when riding with the young guns that can descend and turn fast.
Back on asphalt we met up with 3 more riders who did ”wrong” and rode mtb.
6 Specialized, 1 Kona 😉 As Oliwer had birthday we celebrated at the best café in Hammarby Sjöstad, Vivels 😀
No matter if you are a man or a women you should have equal possibilities to have the most fun out on trails. For that Specialized doesn’t just remade the Stumpjumper for men but also came with a equal bike for women called Rhyme
150mm of travel. Men’s version with 29″, 650b or 6fattie size. Women’s with 650b or 6fattie.
New framefeatures like short 437 chainstays (420mm on 650b version) and the new SWAT door under the bottle cage:
A big compartment for everything you need and a bit more.