A bro­ken wrist has put Rob out of ac­tion for the rest of the sum­mer

Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

The dust hung in the air as I gasped to get my breath back. As my breath­ing fi­nally calmed, I could feel things weren’t quite as they should be. My right wrist was crunch­ing with ev­ery move­ment. As the adren­a­line wore off, the pain started to pulse through my arm and it be­came clear that I’d bro­ken my­self. I was gut­ted.

Now, this sucks for a cou­ple of rea­sons. Firstly, it means I’m go­ing to miss the En­duro World Se­ries round in Ainsa, Spain – an event I’d been work­ing to­wards over the past cou­ple of months. To be hon­est though, I’m more dev­as­tated to be miss­ing out on the rest of the sum­mer’s rid­ing.

It’s a real shame, be­cause I’d been feel­ing bet­ter than ever aboard the G-170. Its 460mm of reach (medium) was pretty much per­fect for me, giv­ing the bike a fan­tas­tic bal­ance of sta­bil­ity and play­ful­ness. I’d got it set up like a proper down­hill bomber, but, with the help of the low-speed com­pres­sion lever on the Rock­Shox Su­per Deluxe coil shock, it was still a sur­pris­ingly sprightly climber.

I’d also been en­joy­ing my switch back onto al­loy rims – WTB KOM Tough i29s, laced to White In­dus­tries XMR Boost hubs. They felt that bit more for­giv­ing than the car­bon rims they re­placed, and I felt less guilty about slam­ming slop­pily through rock gar­dens. I’d been try­ing some WTB tyres too – the re­vised Vig­i­lante up front and all-new Judge at the rear, both with the ‘Tough’ cas­ing. The bone-dry con­di­tions hadn’t al­lowed me to test them to their fullest, but the cas­ing had im­pressed – they’d stayed in­flated dur­ing mul­ti­ple runs down a trail at BikePark Wales where I got tons of flats on a set of tyres with a slightly lighter cas­ing. While it frus­trates me that, even in this day and age, we’re still strug­gling to keep air in our tyres, I’ve come to terms with hav­ing to run a heav­ier cas­ing to avoid get­ting flats. What I’m less fine with is the bro­ken wrist I now have to deal with. I’d planned on giv­ing the G-170 some much-needed TLC, but I’m not sure my arm’s up to it. Maybe if I pay Jonny in beer he’ll take a look at it for me!

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