November 11, 2009
Unbeliavable versatility for a long-travel bike.
So easy, it feels like cheating.
During a week in SW Utah, I decided my rental bike wasn't doing it, so I decided to drop the coin and demo this beast for a day. WOW! Money well spent. I thrashed this thing for a full day on Gooseberry Mesa and it exceeded my expectations at every turn. This bike soaks up everything without complaint. With the slack geometry and the long fork, I dexpected it to turn like a tank, but the steering was remarkably precise. It climbed very well for such a big bike, but would be even better with an adjustable fork, which I would definitely get if I buy one. As good as it was on the Goose, I think it would be even better on the long descents. Gotta' get one for my next trip down the Porcupine Rim or the Downieville Downhill!