Went up the telegraph pass on it this evening, first ride on it with only a very small setup time. It’s very different to what i am used to, not so much the size of the wheels but the reach is a lot shorter than i am used to. Not sure if that is a bad thing yet, but something I can play with any way if need be.
As I live on top of a mountain, the only way i can go is down from here and i immediately noticed the first great thing about this bike. It goes downhill like nothing I have ever ridden before, almost faster than i can keep up. Straight away i found myself aiming for lines i would have never dreamt of on my old bike. Incidentally this then very nearly killed me as it meant I ran out of talent at one point. A boulder field just down the road from me was an eye opener, was able to just bounce straight over the top where before I had to pick my way through slowly. Most likely down to the bigger wheels and geometry.
Top of the Telegraph Pass
As for climbing, I do feel a little hunched but need to persevere for now I think. Saying that, despite the extra weight it is certainly no slower than my old XC bike. I feel i want to get out the saddle more and the 2×10 gears are going to take a bit of getting used to. I was also nearly 1 minute quicker up the top half of the Telegraph Pass than my previous best, but that could have been because I had Chris Purt breathing down my neck all the way up??
Looking down across Beddgelert Forrest.
If you go left at the top of the pass, it get steep, and i mean really steep. So as Chris wanted to see how far he got, i had a go too. As a test of a bikes climbing ability, they dont come much tougher than this. I was more than happy with how the bike held up, we are talking nose of the saddle up the bum steep here. I even got further than Chris who was on a hard tail. It was only my lungs that gave up in the end.
Had more fun on the decent back into the valley than i have had before too, so lots of positives so far, but it is still the first ride.
Still some setup to do as well, forks were far to soft, compressed all the way under braking on the steep bits.
Will post a full review once I have ridden it more over some different terrain and at the trail centers.