A test ride into town proved that the Hemlock is ace, however it also proved that the gears were shot, and the rear tyre a fraction too wide. So after a quick shopping session, and an afternoon of fettling, it’s now been tweaked.
The Hemlock now has a new 32t chainring, the almost-new 11-34t cassette from the 69er, and a slightly narrower Bontrager XR4 2.2" tyre to replace the Bontrager Jones ACX 2.35". Whilst I was at it, the 69er got a new 11-32t cassette, the Hemlock had the stem raised 10mm, and all my spare parts lying round the place were bagged up and labelled properly.
I resisted the temptation to buy new bars and stem this morning, as other than moving to a slightly stiffer 31.8mm bar, it wouldn’t have made much difference. After a bit more riding I’ll work out if I need a shorter stem or not, but for the moment the 100mm Thomson and low-rise Easton EA50 bars seem spot on.