66 & Heckler... it's a match made in heaven
fark yeah, the 66 looks perfect on the Heckler. nice ride height, gutsy as hell, seems a really practical option. i'm almost surprised, 'cause you don't see many Hecklers with such burly forks. i've been investigating new forks 'cause i recently bought a Bullit frame off ebay. spied some 06 66RC2X's going for US$629, which i thought was decent. they actually got passed-in. there were some 06 888RC2X's there too, for US$729. some happy camper snapped them up without a fight.
i'm going off on a tangent here, but for those considering their Bullit resale potential, i paid US$455. specifically, that's an 04 Bullit, frame only, w/5th Element. all in well used, but reasonably good condition, as i'd imagine the majority of very well made, two year old, single pivot frames still getting around to be.
anyway, back to the main event… using my well honed sniper tactics (lightening fast connection kicks ass), i could probably get second-hand 40RC2's in decent knick, or some brand spankin' new 888RC2X's for about US$800 delivered. new 66RC2X's would be a bit cheaper again at around US$700 delivered. i've already acquired some lovely new 36TalasRC2's. they're hibernating in their box, waiting to be dutifully called into action (have to build a 20mm front wheel), but for which ride?
by rights i shouldn't dis the faithful old 05 AM2's (gotta love the ETA) on the Heckler. they're great at what they're designed for; aggressive xc. i've thrashed the sh!t outa them for almost 2 years without any service, though they need one now. in fact, they've received no maintenance what-so-ever, none at all. the main drawback, and it's a biggy, is the noticeable flex. i feel like i can't attack too aggressively, which sucks. imho, it's all about the white-knuckled, adrenaline-pumping decent, but you still gotta earn it by climbing up.
so, what should I do?
option 1: spend lots more $$$, get some 40's, 36vans, 66's, or 888's for the Bullit frame, put the 36's on the heckler, and demote the AM2's to the rocky mountain hammer.
option 2: save about a grand (yeah, right), put the 36's on the bullit, and keep the heckler as is.
i wanna hear some informed opinions… please?
I appreciate your feedback. cheers :thumbsup: