January 17th, 2003 10:59 AM
NOO's Lil Project
Sorry dude, but I'm so stoked for you and your Blur we gotta give you a thread of your own! Keep us posted now.
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Calling me out...I like it! Anyway, since I showed my biker tanned pastey white noodle arms (as described by AA) why not share some bike related projects. Sit back and try to stay awake. McAskalot is going to be all over me with questions after this, so the extra detail is for him....
I'm 5'9" (on a good day) and started last season at around 165lbs
To find a new versatile "trail bike", which to me is:
1. A FS rig that will get me through an epic without needing a chiropracter
2. Able to take abuse, handle some drops and stay sub 30lbs. Get me up, down, and over stuff
3. Four or more inches of travel
4. Versatile enough to run the occasional XC race.
5. XC oriented (to a degree) geometry. I like the twitchy feeling and repsonsiveness of that ride. A decent fork can help deflect what the trail throws at you, but picking lines and relying on bike handling skills gets my juices flowing. (Note: I'm not slighting guys who ride Big Bikes. I respect you. Heck, some of you clean/drop crazy stuff that is indeed impressive not to mention you get those beasts up hills pretty quickly. If I could, I would have a bike for all occassions. To me, as long it has two wheels and you actually ride it off road ...Great , you are a MTBer. My peace has been made).
I rode the following:
C-dale Jekyll, SC Superlight, SC Heckler, SC Blur, Specialized FSR, Specialized Enduro. Some of those longer demos (e.g. I had the Jekyll for 4 days - big shout to the fellas at Papa Wheelies, good guys and knowledgeable wish I could have gave them some business. Others demos were shop bikes I took out more than once. Some never saw dirt).
The only bikes that I didn't get around to riding that I wanted to was the Kona Dawg and Rocky Mountain ETSX...
I went with the Santa Curz Blur (VPP). Met all my criteria. It is called a XC bike but it can't take much more abuse. They say it decends like a bike with 5 or 6 inche of travel, I can't validate that but it is sweet. Has a nice replaceable dropout (not just alum hanger) and they seem to route the cables a bit better than on other models..but who knows. I got a Medium Anodized Black. Bike won't be in till late March. I opted to build it rather than order one the kits availalbe through. I won't tell you what I liked or disliked about the other bikes, unless you ask...
I bought it at Wheel Power in Exeter NH. These guys are great. Enough said. Plus I like giving to local business in my town. They give NEMBA discounts.
It was time consuming to demo and get a sense of fit, etc. But it was fun and I was still able to ride. I recommend RIDING several different bikes if possible.
I have already posted some of the components going on this rig. Some will be off an old ride, but many new.
More to come...I got work to do.