March 8, 2008
Well, being a newbee on the block I talk from little experience. However, 42 yrs old 282lbs living in the mountains of Northern Mexico I feel as though Iam gaining on the knowledge end quickly. The bike rawks! I have a 23" extra large frame, my size at 6'4" demands it! I find this Rockhopper everything I could possibly need at this point for riding hard in the mountains. I need the strength of the frame and the braking power of the disc brakes, great! This bike was a suprize birthday gift and was already equiped with a different comfy saddle, and I use conventional pedals with toe straps, works for me very well! It's a great climber and downhill ride. I do wonder how much better the full suspension bikes could possibly be??? I'm pleased with this bike in almost every aspect...
The one area I think could be improved upon is the shifting package, I would say overall the shifting is good! But, I've had to do many adjustments to fit my demands in the riding I do... that may be due to it's newness with settling in...
I strongly recommend this ride to others, especially those of us in the WOW category (also known as Clydesdales) Listen to the others on the saddle change, they are most likely right and I recommend the conventioanl peddals with straps, works great for me in my type of rocky, and mountainous riding; holds my feet inplace, no slipping and gashing going on here.