2 of the last 7 weeks were spent floating a long ways from where a bike can or should be taken.
But the other 5 weeks have largely been spent on this bike.
Most noticeably I have temporarily removed the Dorado fork and replaced it with a Wren. Never heard of Wren? Not many have, largely due to their recent entry into the US market. 150mm travel, 150mm wide hub, clearance for 4.8" tires.
The fork is actually something that they are merely licensing and importing, with little control over or knowledge of the fine manufacturing details.
My only current complaint with it involves the oil viscosity being too thick for winter temps, something that I am experimenting with this week. Currently the fork feels great above freezing, but once night falls (when I am most often riding these days) and the temps get into the teens, the damping gets sluggish in both directions. By about 10 degrees the fork doesn't move, and is simply too heavy and too expensive to ride rigid.
The ideal would be to find a synthetic oil that performs well to about -10, but that can still provide rebound damping at +100* or so, so that I can ride it year round without having to fiddle with the mess of oil. A tall order? Perhaps, but I've sourced oils for other forks in the past that can achieve this, so I have hope that it can be done for the Wren, too.
Otherwise the only changes I've made to the bike are to the tires. A bit wider up front with the 45N D5, which I am studding tonight to cope with our current meltdown. The JJ 4.0 in back has been a pleasant surprise -- I expected it to crinkle and cut on first contact with embedded rock given it's extremely light weight. It has resisted my efforts to that end thus far, and has been surprisingly adequate on a range of snow conditions, including thin snow on slippery rock.
Will likely replace it tonight with a Bontrager Gnarwhal studded, again to cope with impending freeze/thaw from our annual midwinter melt.
Not much else to report, other than the novelty of constantly shocking hikers and trailrunners when overtaking them on trails that they assume are too _____ to currently be bikeable.
Details I'm omitting? Ask and ye shall receive.
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