Last mountain bike ride of the season?

Maybe, maybe not, probably. Today was a beautiful day, cold but still nice. Rolling through mud and water puddles that are covered by a thick layer of ice definitely has advantages.

This probable last ride of the year also marks the semi retirement of my Prophet... What? Well, I'm keeping it but as some may already know, over the winter, I'll be building a custom bike with, at it's heart, a 2008 Scalpel Carbon frame from Cannondale. Some other obvious component choices include a Lefty Speed SL and the Hollowgram SL crankset, not a bad start isn't it? But what else is going to end up on it? You'll be able to follow the building process right here so be patient, it should be easier for you than it is for me.

The Prophet will be the bike for those harsher rides that can use the 5.5" travel and punishes bikes and riders much more, Prévost comes to mind. The Scalpel will be the bike for faster, smoother trails and for the start of my racing career. Stay tuned, it's going to be some serious bike porn!

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