I've recently come to the conclusion that I am becoming a couch potato, and even when I go out in search of thrills I tend to be cossetted by a plush arm chair in a cosy car where I'm doing not much more than a bit of steering and pedaling!
So I decided it was time to get back into an old hobby (mountain biking), and I've recently gone out and done a few rides in the West Berkshire and Hampshire regions trying to get some fitness back into my knackered old bones.
To try and keep me motivated I've been using Strava to keep track of improvements, and I've been mixing rides between hard tail and full sus rigs to keep some variety in the mix.
When I'm doing proper cross country rides I tend to use my old skills compensator, the 2004 Epic Comp (nearly a classic now)
and when I'm feeling brave or up for some proper abuse I'll use a hard tail 2012 Cube Reaction GTC Race
I started riding in MTB's back in the early 90's when a half decent bike cost about a grand! These days you seem to be able to spend that on a set of cranks!
I now realise that as the world has moved on in the last 10 years and MTB tech has evolved a key purchase will be a 'dropper' seatpost which to be honest is going to have it's work cut out given I'm not a featherweight! (Probably a Rock Shox or Fox unit as I need 31.6 diameter and 400mm length min - I ride a small frame). Has anyone had any experience of dropper posts, and whether they are reliable / useful / benefit. Conscious they add a load of weight, and given how average the lock out is on my Reba's I have concerns of a horribly compromised ride when it gets a few rides on it. The dropper is for the Cube, not the Spesh!