The first day on a new bike always puts a lot of apprehensive questions into my head: will I like the new rig? what if I can’t get comfortable? will the new [insert component here] work/break/feel better? worse?… it turned out to be one of those rare days where I felt nearly up to speed right away.
Yesterday, Matt and I headed to Mountain Creek Bike Park; he to work and me to give the new trail bike a good shakedown on some real big bike trails. Luckily, there was a ProGRT going on this weekend, so we got to catch up with lots of good friends that we haven’t seen since last season. The TWR crew was here and a big thanks to Vance McCaw from the Trek Race Shop for helping me to get the bike dialed in (the dude shreds, too).
Long story short – I have a good looking trail bike that feels like a DH bike. I’m over the moon! We spent the first half of the day getting the suspension dialed in, and I’m so pleased with the adjustability and feel of the new SR Suntour Auron. Instead of a handful of options for “soft” or “firm”, I’ve got full range of high- and low-speed. We played with air pressure and compression until I got the DH feel I wanted; fast-tracking, stiff, and big-hit-taking. By the end of the day, I didn’t feel hesitation letting the brakes go in the open, clearing step-downs, or hitting rock drops on a trail bike, because I knew it would handle it.
I should mention how many times someone commented positively on my Troy Lee Designs women’s gear; more than I could count! I’m loving the retro Rev jersey designs, and I’ve never worn a pair of aggressive DH shorts that fit as well as the Moto. No more cinching the waist of a pair of guy’s shorts that are too long and baggy in order to fit them over the bum. Just trim shorts cut to fit some curves. Highly recommended for anyone looking for women’s options.
Finally, this was the first big test of my Allsport Dynamics wrist braces. As with my first ride, I’m still impressed. I’m not exaggerating when I say, I feel absolutely zero pain. Nothing. No instability, no wrist fatigue. Just solid, consistent, comfortable support all day long. If you have even an ounce of discomfort from previous wrist injury, and especially if you’re interested in preventing future injury, you owe it to yourself to look into these braces.
It has been a great weekend. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed my DH family! Got a chance to ride with some old friends, and made some rad new ones. 20+ runs; my body hurts and my hands are shot. It was especially great because Matt is home! It’s his last weekend before heading to Europe for a 5-week tour. Even though he was working, we got to spend a few laps riding bikes together :). As usual, he couldn’t put the camera down, so I got a few bomber shots to share with you.