Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley


Posted by Matt | February 27, 2007 | 2 comments so far

Well, I’ve finally achieved a milestone. In fact, 3500 milestones as I’ve just racked up that figure on my 2003 Rift Zone.

It’s been a while coming and should strictly speaking have arrived sometime last year (or even the year before) but I have now managed to cross the 3500 mile mark with my Marin.

Some people may consider this the height in sado-masochism while others would just shrug and think ‘that’s not very far’. For me though it’s a significant event.

Despite the achievement, my Rift Zone looks as though its heading toward retirement. Not because there’s anything signifcantly wrong with it but because I’ve decided it’s time to replace the bike. It’s still a very capable XC machine and XC is still basically what I do, but the industry has moved on and it’s time I joined the 5″ plus travel brigade (there’s no other rationale than that!).

Do I need it? Truthfully, probably not, but since when has rationality got in the way of a good old-fashioned heart follow head decision?

I’m considering the following but until I’ve tried them I won’t know which is for me:

You may think from looking at the list that I don’t have a budget, but I do. I’d like to fit a Hope HID in somewhere since that would be the single most contributing factor to year round riding. Another must is carbon bars and a carbon post ideally, for comfort.

I’m starting a series of reviews here as I try each one, so watch this space.


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Muddymoles says:

    On-one Inbred review – a humpin’ an a bumpin’ an a rollin’ an a rattlin’

    I’ve had my On-one Inbred frame sitting around my garage for about a year now. It’s the old style, pre – 456 geared frame in classic white and I’ve built it up into a nice utilitarian bike that I intended…

  2. Related: Whyte E5 XT review | Reviews, Bikes | Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

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