Went out for a ride yesterday to test my old hardtail to see if i can use it for some kind of freeride sessions. There is a military training ground in which also a local motocross/enduro club has their practice. This place has some interesting features but a lot of sand and it really messes with your bike. Especially during dry summers.
I bought my old hardtail 2010 and it is getting old. Some parts needs to be changed but the cost is to high, and not something i want to spend money on. There is annoying sounds coming from different parts of the bike and lubrication does not seem to help. Not very pleasant to hear on a longer ride or a commute. But the bike works pretty well as a play bike inside that military training ground. Not having to be careful with the bike makes it more fun and interesting. More stuff to try now with that in mind.
The frame geometry is not the most fun though. Cant go very low with the saddle which makes some descents a bit complicated. It has those rim brakes which are not that effective, something i noticed yesterday. But those things can be dealt with in some way. And its good practice. But an old XC bike is not really built for this kind of riding so i guess there will be some limitations. We’ll see what those might be.