MTB Ahoy

So yesterday I went to ride my BMC with a couple others around noon. First off, its damn cold again. Middle of May and damn near in the 40,s. I almost did not have enough clothing along with me.

Anyway, we take off from the store and my bike does not shift at all. Di2. I check the battery level and I cant even get a reading. Completely dead. I quick checked the battery connection which was good and at that point had to grab the Checkpoint which was not the best with every other on road bikes. I did have a good hour and a half ride but all I could think about is that Di2. I kept thinking I will have to go thru all the connections which would entail pulling the crank to get at the B junction. And when I would find the time to do so.

So I get back from my ride and plugged in the battery charger and it started taking a charge. And worked again. This is now the third time this has happened to me with Di2.

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All fixed.

The battery gets so drained that it does not even register. Completely empty. After a charge its good to go. Why and how did it get so drained? I don’t know. I showed a full charge last time I used it.

One theory is that when I lean the bike on something maybe the bars turn a bit to hit a button and stays that way all nite? Draining the battery? Again, this happened to me three times now. Its a mystery.

So I was reminded on how much slower I am on the Checkpoint. And thats OK. Im considering maybe a smaller tire on it. Its cool to have the 29ers on but maybe I’ll go to something like a 42c. The 1.9’s on there now are pretty light tho. And roll good. So I most likely will keep them. It’s just too bad I didnt get to go north to ride gravel a week ago. Its what I got the bike for.

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So hell froze over. I put my order in for the MTB. I got a 2018 Fuel EX 9.8. Its a nice bike thats spec’d about the same as my Farley EX last year. NX Eagle drive. It should ship Monday.

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On its way.

I still have the Eagle XX cassette and chain from my fatbike. Also that gold oval ring and will throw that stuff on it. I’ll ditch the dropperpost for now. I sure could have used it last fall out west but for around here its useless. But I will keep it this time. Wait, there more….

Ive also ordered these wheels.

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Carbon is good.

That should put the bike sub 27 pounds. I have not decided on what tire to run yet. It comes with a pretty aggressive 2.4 and I don’t want to go smaller than that. In fact I have a set of 2.6’s here in store to use if I want. But those tires are made for enduros and downhilling and such. Here in Wisco I just dont need all that tread. Im looking for a lighter faster rolling tire and dont want to go under 2.4. The 2.6’s I have in store are like 900 grams. Thats close to a fat bike tire and heavier than the 29+ tires I ran last year. Now that Im older and not so racy I really dont care about weight as much the ride. But wheel\tire weight is a bigger deal.

Anyway, that stuff is on its way and I will for sure hit my date of a MTB by Memorial day.

I hope to ride a little this weekend. You should too.

DLD

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