Alright, so after riding today for the first time from a long hiatus I've come to realize a few things.
1) I miss my full suspension bike.
2) My derailleur needs work because my bike decided to switch gears itself (which was extremely annoying) and the chain is real loose.
3) My seat decided it was a burly, black fella named Bubba in prison and I was "fresh meat"
4) My handlebars are super low and extremely skinny.
I figure three out of the four aren't too bad, but #3 was quite painful.
What are y'all's opinion on high rise bars on your MTB's? I've been looking at getting a set of Easton EA50 with 40mm rise. Would that be overkill? I just feel as if I'm leaning way over my bars I have now and it's wearing on my arms and back pretty good. Everything is so tight, I have to ride with my thumbs on top of the bar to keep from shifting accidently.
Also, what is a good, strong fork for a 26" that's under $350? I've been looking at RockShox, but don't know much about them. I've always used Fox on my bikes back in my froggy years, but sadly the bank don't flow as well anymore.