Holy smokes that was steezy
Man, that is some seriously good television right there. And the happy ending to boot.
The 120tpi versions of those tires are quite light, too - 820g or something like that?
Morgan knows fully well my interest/knowledge about this bike. I had been awaiting anxiously info on the second coming of the Instigator.
I think it's a pretty versatile bike. The fat 26er tires means you can easily put a "normal" 650b wheelset on there for summer use or faster rides, or as a primary wheelset. The relatively high BB means you can run normal size 26″ rubber too without it being too awkward. The geo is awesome - slack and with a short rear end.
I'd use it for urban rides, winter trail rides, slow XC rides, and bikepacking. And the nice thing about a Surly is it's kind of timeless, which is something not common in today's MTB world. An abused 5 year old Surly is cooler than a new Surly.
That photo of the first switchback blew my mind, I had no idea the road was ever that… road-like.
If I ever caved and built a rediculous 90's mountain bike (purple ano like woah), I'd race citizen CX on it every chance I got!
I am kind of inspired to get some knobbies for my Long Haul Trucker…
Furthermore to article: I ripped my rear Hans between knobs on Top of the World yesterday. That trail really is a tire-killer. I think it was a fluke, so I'm not going to hold it against the tire. Unfortunately, it was my very first ride on that one.
I actually found that a Nobby Nic out back died much faster than the Hans Dampf (Pacestar for Pacestar). I am looking forward to trying a pair of Magic Mary's, since their side knobs look very sturdy.
Hope Soderstrom is okay - congrats to Semenuk! When you ride that well, people don't even try to make fun of the fact your last name starts with semen.
Solid content and perfect editing. Diggin' it.
This is basically exactly what I've been saying for a good while.
Enduro is a style of race, not a riding style. It is most similar to all mountain.
And 'all mountain' means just riding your bike on whatever, where ever. It is a label that removes the need to label - it is simply riding your bike. It is the equivalent of the do-it-all bike of yesteryear.
Ironic, being that it was the tipping point for huge outcry about having too many terms for different types of riding - obviously fueled by bike manufacturers to help increase the average rider's quiver.
If I was a taller dude that'd be a dream bike for me. I am all for 29ers, but at 5'9″ I'd rather be on smaller wheels.
Really, really well put together video! Music included. Expresso is the new expresso.
Haa, I already commented on a photo on instagram of this setup but i'll say it again - pretty hardcore riding pangor on that setup! pretty badass. fatbikes and growlers TOTALLY go together.
(ps: i'm beerscout.ca)
The trailstar/pacestar/vertstar naming isn't perfect from an intuitive point of view but I don't mind it. Once you get into multi-compound tires you can't really just print the durometer anymore (though interesting the reviewer was getting consistent duro throughout), so you need a different naming convention.
I for one like the most recent Schwalbe labelling system - four squares that detail all the pertinent info about the particular tire. It might be the neat freak engineer in me.
The wheel path has to be what makes this bike do what others could not - either straight up or rearward as it goes thru its travel, as opposed to most designs where the wheel hooks forward towards the end of its travel. Slick either way - 155mm travel and 16.9 chainstays are magic numbers for any wheel size!