Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Bike On The Way

After careful deliberation, I've finally decided on a new ride. Already having a good road bike and not really able to afford more variety  of bikes in the stable at this time, I picked a 29er as the most versatile option. The larger, easier rolling wheel size makes for lots of options. A spare wheel set with a tire like the Kenda Karma or Small Block 8, makes for a great gravel rig, an aggressive tread,  like the Schwalbe Rocket Ron turns it into a great trail bike, while the Ritchie Speedmax would work for 'cross riding. A set of studded winter tires would add even more versatility. I can wait to Tuesday when it gets here on the UPS truck.

What I'm really fired-up about is the spec: Shimano's new 30 speed Dyna-Sys group. Mine will have the XT rear derailleur, SLX front and shifters. From all the reviews, this is a great set up. The fork is a Rock Shok w/ a remote lock out, Avid Elixir brakes, WTB wheels and tires (Nano 2.1), all on a very light aluminum frame. I comes with a WTB Rocket V saddle, which I've never ridden on. If it doesn't work for me, I will go with a Fizik Gobi. Fizik saddles seem to fit me right.

Like I said, I can't wait for Tuesday!


Tim D said...

Cool, what make? I'm renovating my old MTB as a tourer,mostly using stuff I've got lying around

Boz said...

It's a Motobecane Fantom Elite 29. I've had good luck with their bikes, which are frames made by Kenesis. Some assembly is required, but it only takes a half hour or so.