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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Goodbye Z.2, Hello Reba!

I think that road bike plan will have to be moved to a later date. In all honesty, I was intent on getting one with a nice aluminum frame (perhaps a Giant) and Shimano 105 components. It would probably cost me around P30,000. Not bad at all.

Then the evil King popped me a message last Tuesday and gave me a link to PMTB's Buy and Sell section. When I clicked on it, I knew right then that the road bike plan would have to shelved. What's there waiting for me is a second-hand Rock Shox Reba SL at a price I just can't ignore! So I called up the seller and got P500 off the asking price, picked it up the following day from Extreme Bike Shop in Panay Avenue and had it installed there.

Yes, I finally retired my 1999 Marzocchi Z.2 BAM 80mm fork. After eight years of use, I'm saying goodbye to this long-time companion. Come to think of it, the relationship wasn't love at first sight at all. Coming from a Rock Shox Mag 21 air-oil fork, I initially hated the Z.2 because it was too plush. It seemed to take away some power when I pedal. Then after some adjustments and a change to stiffer springs, I started to love this baby that I didn't see the need to retire them until I saw this deal.

I'm going to road trail test the Reba this weekend. King is thinking of going to Licao Licao so it's going to be longer than our usual Maarat trail route. That would be perfect to try the U-Turn and the Lock Out functionalities.

If the reviews are true, then I think I would be spending eight years with this fork, too.

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