It feels like spring just does not want to come this year. Last year at this time I was shredding sweet singletrack, today its more like an icy water trough through the woods with the occasional mud hole in between. I'm not going to complain though... time to get tough and ride what I can.
In the meantime, to help get my mojo flowing, I bought a new trail bike. I've realized that as cool and fun as the fatty is, it just isn't always the best option outside of winter slop riding. I looked long and hard, did countless hours of research, and bugged the holy hell out of my wife before I finally made the choice. I knew I wanted a plus bike. I briefly considered a 29er plus, but they just don't seem to be a popular choice and selection is limited. For future-proofness I went 27.5 plus with boost axles.
I've owned a Norco Torrent (too slack) and an RSD Sergeant (too all-mountain) and just wasn't 100% happy with either. I want a trail shredder that can also take a few bikepacking bags for an overnighter, On my short list was the Salsa Timberjack (nice bike but couldn't get over the bendy down tube and only three year frame warranty), Jamis Dragonslayer (no local dealers) and the Specialized Fuse.
I went with the Fuse. Better fork, better tires, better brakes, and a dropper post that the others in this price range didn't have. Also, I bought from the nearest bike shop to me, that just happens to be the place I've shopped for the last 17 or so years. So, behold, the 2018 Fuse Comp...
The only thing I'm not a fan of is the pressfit bb, but I factored the price of a Wheels Manufacturing BB into the purchase so in the next few weeks when it starts to creak I can toss it in the bin. The forks is quiet nice and if its anything like the Magnum that was in my RSD, it will be great.
Come on warm weather...
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.