Think about the last time you were out on the trail head, and looked over at a more equipped bike. What thoughts went thru your head? What lust or jealousy came over you? Better yet, how long did it take you to look up that accessory when you got home? These are just a few of the questions and positions I've been finding myself in for years. It's something that is going to plague you for years to come if you aren't content. Lately after the birth of my first child, I've been focusing more on being content and being thankful for my blessings. Although I've shifted my focus a bit, allow me to take you through the hottest items on my list.
Seat Post: I've been a fan and a skeptic at the same time. The first
time I saw on online, I thought 'bologna'. I'd need to see it first hand
at my local trails(Paris Mtn) to understand the value. The seat post
range being completely controlled from another lever was amazing.
Positioned nicely next to the gentleman's Shimano X5 shifters, was the
smallest flip lever. It was amazing to watch this guy hit the downhill
without even getting off the bike to adjust the seat. That settled it
for me. Combine that with the competition pricing that's happening, and
I'll have one soon enough.
Set: I was riding with my cousin at a State Park in Georgia and saw a
unique steed. The rider and a custom frame, lefty fork, and wheels I had
never been privileged to see. After further inquiry, I found that they
were Crank Bros Cobalt 3. It was like a light bulb had gone off in my
head. I finally realized it was like my 14 last modified cars, I could
change my wheels out. Although I would seek something performance
driven(unsprung weight), it would add a killer look to the bike.
Shock: Once again I'm noticing the faster riders at the downhill races
using Fox components. I'm not the one to review products, as I never
want to seem bias. However, when you notice the faster guys have
something in common, it's usually something that works. I've been
researching my ancient 'coilover' design and it seems that air shocks
alone would be suitable for the mild drops that I see. I would also
upgrade to a remote lockout system(I like remotes if you can't tell.) I
might seem a bit envious on the trails at other riders seem to be
equipped a little more.
the three items above that will become my next upgrade, I'm forced into
maintaining other items first. I've got friends involved in the sport
who will keep me accountable to being content, and also support me with
confidence in the riding abilities area. I don't think its wrong not to
be excited about new products, but if we let it...we will always be
behind the latest innovation. See what being content is all about when
it comes to upgrading. Needs vs Wants is starting to really work for me I
believe. Did you see that new inverted front fork design?!?! Oh wait,
bring it back down Hunter.