I've been pondering for a while whether I could justify another mountain bike; specifically, something a bit burlier than my sylph-like hardtail (now down to somewhere below the 25lb mark, which is pretty bloody light considering it's a got a cheap frame and 2.1" tyres). And finally, I found the offer I couldn't refuse: £300 off an 05 Kona Coiler Dee-lux
And now, having trekked down to Cardiff and back to collect it; first impressions: Unfortunately, having spanged my finger in a crash on thursday evening I haven't yet been able to take it for a 'proper' test ride (I was planning to stop at Cwm Carn on the way back from Cardiff). But it passes the back-garden test with flying colours. The Marzocchi 66 forks are amazingly plush – probably because they've got about twice as much travel as my XC Paces. The bike is a long way off being light, but it pedals surpisingly well - the ProPedal rear shock is very effective. It makes light work of the 'down the garden steps' test, and it looks super-pimp. I can't wait until my hand is better again and I can go and find something steep to chuck it down.
I need to get better home insurance, too…