Been a bit hectic here of late, hence the lack of posts, that and I am pretty lazy with this stuff!
Recently got a new frame set to build up as a lightweight tourer/gravel bike thing(more of later) and have been busy sourcing parts for that, however something crossed my path which I have wanted for a while now. A friend is replacing his Jones 29 with a 29+, and was looking to sell his old frame/fork. I have wanted to try one of these for a few years now but never got the chance, well, there's a demo at my LBS but I was always afraid of taking it for a spin and liking it as it would end up costing me a fortune, given my “must have” approach to these things!!! So when Phil offered to let me borrow the bike for a while I was only to glad to oblige, assuming it would be a more affordable option(it was, just, I went a bit mad with wheels etc too)
Being the plain black frame, and a little worn to boot, it is a very unassuming bike to look at, (though I do like flat paintwork) but it does look “all business”. It has a fat front, which I originally planned to replace with a 29 wheel, but having ridden it for a few weeks I am changing my mind. I will put a more standard wheel on it at some point but have to say that the front makes a lot of the chunkier trails around here a great experience, which is no real surprise given that it was one of the things Jeff designed the frame set for.
The only thing I haven't tried on it yet is bikepacking, though I don't really need to, I have done enough to know that it will work fine. The midges sap my motivation more than almost anything else so it may be a few weeks before I get to try it in earnest.
So all in all I am very happy with the new addition to the stable, just need to sell the KM to pay for the new wheels now!