Never missing a chance to go try new bikes or a chance to shamelessly plug my on shops brands, I went up to Palos Forest Preserve to check out the trek demo there. Coming along with me was my long time friend and car owner Seth. The claim was that we could try all manner of new and exciting bike both road and mountain. The reality was beyond my wildest expectations. After the two crummiest weeks of weather I can remember (3 if you count those soy aphids) The weather cooperated and it was warm and the trails were quite dry. We could not have asked for better weather.
Here are the bikes I tried out.
Madone 6 Serises With Dura Ace 2 (electric) unfortunately no Super Record it was awesome
Gary Fisher Chronus Pro with sram red also awesome
Trek Top Fuel 9.8 awesome
Trek Fuel Ex-9 awesome
Gary Fisher Rumblefish II perfection
Gary Fisher Superfly 100 awesome
My favorite of the bunch was surprisingly not the superfly, Gary Fishers Rumblefish II was far and away the most fun you can have on a bicycle. It was also the best bike considering the conditions for the day. The bike was very plush surprisingly efficient exceedingly forgiving, laterally stiff and vertically compliant. It has treks latest collaboration with Fox Facing Shox the DRCV rear shock which is very plush and smooth and nice grippy tires for late fall slop. The bikes 29" wheels and 120mm of suspension made it easy to ROLL OVER EVERYTHING.
By the end of the day Seth and I were tired and hungry and happy then we ate Ginos East pizza (I miss chicago pizza so much) which was so good and the perfect cap to a great demo day.
Speaking of Demo bikes Some of our new ones are in
madone 5 series with DA lite which is full dura ace at least as close as most people ever look.
top fuel 8 the fastest aluminium 26" mountain bike period.
Fuel Ex 8 trail bike ready to float over the snarliest single track.
More bikes are coming as trek can build them. We will be getting a six series Madone some Hifis and even a triathalon/time trial bike. Feel free rent them for a day especially if you are thinking about buying a new bicycle as the rental fee can be used toward the purchase of a new bike.
Heres hoping for more warm weather.