After pretty much deciding to wait it out and stay with the road bike until April – Elizabeth and I got out to Willowdale for a few hours to enjoy some early season single track. The knees were feeling great, and it was also a good ride to test out some of the new updates on the Rocky Mountain. Added XT shifters and the new XT “Ice” brakes (and a little bit of Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 “Bling” to the bike in the form of bars, stem, seat post and a new Fizik seat) After bedding in, the new brakes are superb, and you barely have to pull on them to slow the bike down in a hurry! Can’t believe the difference between the bikes OEM Deore brakes and shifters to the XT’s – like night and day. Good to be back on the dirt!