Thanks- it really is a shame to let it go... but modern machines ride so much better. I thought about putting a 110mm stem and riser bar on it, and extending the travel on the fork to 63mm, but realized it would just be like a modern bike, but not as high performance. Better to let someone have it who really will enjoy it than have it languish in the basement.
You know, I think it all comes down to riding style and technique. All my friends ride modern bikes and ride them well. But I am still usually first to the top or bottom of the mountain. If your bike setup suits you and you take lines that suit your bike and riding style, there is no reason why you can't rip comfortably on your Yo.
But if you want to sell it, sell it. I wish I had the money to buy it.
Yeah, that's true, the rider is the most important ingredient of all. I did the most dangerous stuff I ever did on a 16" KHS Montana Team with 1.95" semi-slicks and a 120mm stem- the key factor was my own youthful brashness.
My modern bike, a custom steel bike, still has some retro touches- steel frame, and 8sp Suntour thumbies because I do prefer them. My modern bike has 16" chainstays, a 75mm stem, an 80mm fork, and Avid cable discs. All of the things I could put on the Yo that would narrow the gap would make it less Yo-ish.
It was a dream bike, but I have big plans and the money will helpe me realize them earlier...
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