I realize the old girl is a bit of an anachronism (26 inch wheels?! for sooth) but she’ll do fine for me. The ancient 5th element air shock is still kicking. Who even remembers the brand that brought us air pressure modulated gate and progressive bottoming control? It wasn’t fox!
Anyway, 120 rear 140 front travel and great brakes and drivetrain plus a silky smooth travel will be just fine. I mean, I still enjoy riding my 80mm travel race hardtail from time to time, I think I’ll be okay.
my body on the other hand. Im heavier than I’ve ever been...owing to not biking or skiing for a year, and my leg strength and meniscus are still not even 75% after my surgery. I got ease back into it but I think I’ll be riding most of what I want by the end of the season.
once again Shimano...you suck with your “quick link” chain link that requires a special tool. I got it eventually but what a huge pain.
If I did my math right I should have nearly the climbing gear I had before and plenty of top end (except ripping down roads to get back to the car)