Thursday, 17 August 2017

Monster-cross comes alive!

When I first managed to get back in to cycling via encouragement from a friend at work and lot and lots of physio on my legs and hips I bought myself a hardtail 29er, Charge Cooker 3, 2014 model. I had no intentions of knarly trial centre stuff, just cross country riding and eventually a little bikepacking.

Here was Bessie as bought...


Sadly on my way down Glen Tilt to the Linn of Dee the other year my forks died on me. Not wanting the hassle, expense and potential failure again of suspension forks I fitted her with a set of suspension corrected rigid forks and some OG bars with a good sweep...


 Now as part of my general bodily decay my wrists have been a killer for years in just everyday activities never mind cycling. Flat bars, even swept ones were painful due to the wrist rotation, but I have no issue on the road bike with drop bars.

As I said I have little interest in trail centre type riding and enjoy more cross country riding and bikepacking so the natural progression was to change my bars to drop bars. And Bessie was reborn as a drop bar mountain bike, more fantastically known as a Monster-Cross bike! A mountain bike frame set up as a cyclo-cross type bike but with 2.4" knobblies for shock absorption and grip...


Conversion to monster cross was a little more involved than it may appear...


But I'm looking forward to trying her out!


Just one issue... my bloody knee!



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