|Gotta have the white one!|
To help make the "29er transition", Matt R. hooked me up with his buddy Alex who runs www.29eronline.com. Alex is going to allow me to demo a few bikes in return for honest reviews, and I get the experience of riding a 29er on real trails. The first bike I tried was a Specialized Camber Elite. This is a 30+lb. Full suspension 29er in a size large. When I first sat on it and rode around the parking lot at San Lee I thought, "Don't like it...too big, too bulky etc." Interestingly, about 1/3 through the ride, I was sold. I was clearing all the rocky areas and even clearing tight switchbacks (up and down hill); clearing areas I sometimes dab on my 26er. Naturally, this bike had no problem sticking to a line so downhills were bombin' fun! Next up, Specialized Epic Carbon!
Also a big thanks to Kelly and Vanessa for letting me borrow one of their 29ers. Kelly and I spent some time making Vanessa's geared Salsa El Mariachi into a Single Speed that I could use for a few weeks. the 15.5 inch frame is a bit tight (and the bike is a tank), but I will just put on a setback post and a longer stem (from 70mm to 100mm) and it will be nice. Also, before I knew I was getting a warrantied frame, several riders (Dave and Nate to name a few) have offered to let me Demo there bikes to give me a solid 29er feel, very cool, thanks guys; beer is on me.
|Mmmm, looks delicious!|