Made the trip up to The Pines for the first time this year for the WCC Open House and Demo Day. Lots of bike for test riding available from Giant, Specialized, Norco, Kona, and a spread of bikes from the guys at Outspokin Cycles and Pedal Power.
Two bikes that really caught my eye were the Specialized Fatboy and the new Specialized Fuse 650b+ bike. I took the Fatboy out for a ride lap of the Red/Green trail and was impressed. This is a fatbike that rides more like a 29er, nice and fast. Makes my Nash feel like an overloaded lumber wagon. Very light weight too, could be a 4 season bike easily. This will be a bike on my radar in the future. Specialized rep says they are coming out with even more model of the Fatboy next year. The new Fuse 650b+ (27.5x3" tires) looked awesome but was not available for test rides, more of a "for your eyes only" kind of showing. Looks promising.
I also spent some time at the Outspokin Cycles display and convinced the owner Russ to let me take his full suspension Salsa Bucksaw fat bike for a quick spin. Wow! Unreal ride, it just eats everything you can point it at. I was rolling over rock gardens with ease and catching air on several occasions. Super light weight too, it was lighter than my 29er skinny bike. Heck, its even lighter than my CX bike.
All in all it was a great day. I managed to get in 2 laps of the Red loop, with a handful of black trails thrown in. I also did a number of green laps on the demo bikes. A good time. I even got to catch up with a few people I have not seen in years while out there. Thanks for the great time WCC!
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.