My new bike came in...finally. Well, I have had the parts from Gary Fisher for awhile, but the frame came in while I was in IL. Chris started building it up and finished it on Monday. It's maiden voyage was Tuesday.
It was weird. I strayed from the 29er and went for a "classic" 26 inch wheeled full suspension. "Why?" seems to be the question most asked. Well, the obvious is that I have the ultimate mountain bike already--a Gary Fisher Superfly (thank you Chris). So really anything other than another Superfly is a downgrade. My options were the FS 26, Hard tail (aluminum) 29er, or FS 29er. The FS 29er seemed like overkill. I don't think I would every want to race that. The HT 29er is way too similar to what I have in the Superfly. The FS 26 was intriguing. I have not ridden a full suspension or 26 inch wheeled bike in probably 5 years. I thought it might be interesting to try. If I don't like it so much, I would sell it at the end of the year.
Well, truth be told I like it. It is different and I am still getting used to it, but I think it might be fun to have around. It is all squishy and stuff. It climbs really well too. I took it up and over Dry Canyon. I was more cautious going down the stairs, but it was fine.
I have to say though, when I raced my SS last night at Sundance I still am a fan of the big wheels. This new bike (my "mini" bike) is more like a toy.