Had a absolute belter of a ride this morning and apart from a few minor changes it was one of the loops we often take but wow, really, really good fun. Lots to consider and why so good....?
1. The sun was out.
2. The trails were dry and grippy.
3. It was warm.
4. I was riding a mates Whyte 829 (The Alloy one)
My Five has just been set up for the Alpes with big, sticky, 2.35 Maxxis High Rollers front and rear. Not much fun on an XC route so I took up the offer to borrow the hard tailed 829. The only other 29r I've ridden is the FS Specialized Epic which at £3,300 is around twice the price of the 829. That was lovely but I recon this was every bit as good, and probably better. For one I found it much more controlled on steep or techincal decents and had no problem thrashing it on single track; it also tried to kill me on the climbs... blimey it was so easy it made me push really bloody hard, nearly lost a lung on at least a few occasions. All in all it put a great, big, fat smile on my face and well, that's what it's all about isn't it.
I've been wondering what I wanted for a second bike and I think I just found it. Nothing like my Five for hammering and play, but bloody fast, comfortable and fun. So thanks to Jon for the loan, Whyte for creating a brilliant 29r and the sun for shining.....finally! Not that I needed reminding but days like this really drive home how much I love riding.