I will make the ride friday. I think 2 of my ski instructor friends (husband and wife) will aslo make it.
I would normally agree about the handling, but for a mostly straight ride on a paved path, it's not a problem. For mountain biking, it's sort of a toss up. I don't like having the weight on me, because it makes getting out of the saddle much more tiring. I don't think a saddle pack or water bottle is enough for me to notice the handling changes. My K2, with it's carbon chain stays is flexible enough that it doesn't handle all that great anyway. But I like it. My reason for the Camelback is that a water bottle or two is never enough water for me.
Oh yeah, on my last ride on some of the long uphills, I noticed that I was pumping the bike enough to start the back wheel bouncing off the ground. So, on monday, I ordered a heavier spring (600lb) for my Noleen rear coil-over. I should get it early next week, so hopefully, I can have it on the bike by the time we ride on friday. The guy at the shop said it will make a huge difference. I hope so. I like a stiffer ride as long as it doesn't bust my ass.
There is an LBS here that Gill mentioned that is listed as the only K2 dealer around. When I called them, they said that they can get me parts, but they don't deal with K2 much anymore.
Major Question: I saw a guy on MTBR selling both Noleen shocks that I have on my bike. They are new (maybe he replaced them for something better when he bought it), and he's selling both of them for $50. Should I jump on this, or not? What's the liklihood of my coil-overs going bad and needing replacement? If they went bad and needed fixing, what's it cost to repair one? I just spent $35 for one new rear coil spring, so I get the impression it's a hell of a deal. Opinions?