Day 2 as in 2 much fun and 2 many bikes! Got up, grabbed Camp 4 Coffee. Rode the road bike up from town to the ski hill. Get lift pass and get in line for the gates to open. The first bike I rode was the most interesting:
A nice Zero bike. But I picked this one to try out the belt drive. Really interesting ride – I did some more cross country riding, including down and then back up a short ski run. This is a 12 speed bike and the belt drive and internal hub/shift allows you to shift the whole range while not moving. Slightly different ride/shift – but lower maintenance. A future bike will have a belt drive!
Demo bike #5. I rode the Intense 279 – the first mullet bike (a 29″ wheel in front, 27.5″ in back). I like the bike and how the mullet rode – roll right over more with the 29″ and a little more agility and control with the 27.5″. Glad I rode this to try it out.
Demo bike #6 – Steel is Real! Rode a Reeb (the short travel). Really great ride! I rode both the downhill (frequency) – the bike definitely isn’t a pure downhiller by design; and also rode a more cross country trail – that was really fun and the bike shined.
This was the only demo bike that had a cooler full of refreshing drinks upon return. No surprise from reeb – but definitely grateful for it:
Demo bike #7 – Lamere Trail. This was my favorite bike of the day. Just good fast fun (retail on the bike I rode was ~$8500 I think. It better be good! 😉 I liked talking with this company. I was interested in trying their e-bikes (but didn’t really come to try e-bikes on this trip – they didn’t allow e-bikes on the lifts). I especially liked the Lamere suspension design. Some sweet carbon – and it felt like it.
Met up with Carrie for happy hour and then we rode our road bikes back down to town. Great Indian food at the Eldo for dinner. I wanted to demo this bike: