Thursday, June 25, 2009

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.

Chris taking the "mini" bike out for a quick spin...

...making sure it shifts, stops, bounces, etc.

It is just so little and cute, the bike that is.


Aaron said...

I never thought I'd see the day... I keep a full squish 26er around as well. It's really fun on rides down Mud Springs, etc. Mine comes in at over 28 pounds though, whereas yours and Keith's come in at around 24. Nice!

South County Ciclista said...

Why not get the new superfly 100 carbon full-suspension?