My Meta gets a Stroking

Well, kind of. A spanking new pair of Hayes Stroker Trail brakes with 180mm rotors came through the post a few weeks back, which I've been running on a Yeti 575- although they've just been prised off and are about to go on my beloved Commencal.

Well, kind of.

A spanking new pair of Hayes Stroker Trail brakes with 180mm rotors came through the post a few weeks back, which I've been running on a Yeti 575- although they've just been prised off and are about to go on my beloved Commencal.

Being white, they fit in well and look the dogs; and my initial impressions are great- powerful, nice lever shape and took no time to bed in.

Also new to turn up were a pair of chav gold ODI grips- perfect for my white and gold colour scheme. They also happened to be in the Ruffian pattern- my favourites. Spot on.

It's that interesting time of year when the trails go from hard pack to gloopy stodge- before they're totally saturated and become firm under a layer of slop. So tyre choice is tricky- so I'm playing around with Kenda Nevegal's in Dual Compound and Schwalbe Nobby Nic's in triple compound. As it's thundering with rain at the moment I guess I'll find out pretty quickly how good they are- and how soon I'll be having to fit decent mud tyres instead! I'll keep you posted...

Remember that I've been running the Maverick seat-post? Well I've been experiencing a few issues with the cable snapping on the handle bar lever- which I didn't get on with that well anyway, so I've been looking for a better option and have a few things I'm tinkering with. At the moment I'm toying with a Spinner fork lock-out dial that looks pretty slick and doesn't rely on the nipple along- it also clamps the cable with a grub screw. Report to follow...

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