So, after much deliberation between the HiFi Deluxe, EX8, and Roscoe. I still love the Roscoe. As stated before, i am going to be purchasing my first Full Suspension Mountain Bike this Spring/Summer. Initially I had been interested in the HiFi Deluxe, but right then, the Roscoe came out, and immediately had my interest as being a beefier, stronger, "more fun" bike. And on top of it, it was gorgeous. But then i started thinking about practicality of the riding terrain i have easily available to me.
I'll out and say it, Im not a climber. I'm not that strong of a climber, or endurance rider at all. I can go balls out hard for short periods of time, and during those short periods, i can climb fast, and bomb down hills. But at the end, i need a break, some water, and a short walk. I blame having asthma (I take 2 inhalers and a pill a day), mixed with not ever having the best endurance. I'll be honest though, Im just not a strong climber. I need all the help i can get climbing. So for this reason, i started to gravitate towards the EX8, because of its lighter weight, ABP feature, and overall being more designed for XC style of riding, the style of riding i do the most, but not necessarily enjoy the most. I love doing drops, jumping off and over things, and going fast down technical XC trails, but going down means i must go up, and I need all the help i can get. So again, i was thinking EX8.
Well this weekend, I was able to actually hop on the Roscoe, HiFi, and EX again, last time being in November. Me and my buddies LOVE the Trek/Fisher Demo-days, we look forward to them all year long. Disappointingly this year, hard rains and water soaked trails caused the Park Ranger to close the trails to MTB riders for the day. So we were very limited to what we could ride and where. However, it didnt take much for me to feel completely at home on the Roscoe. IDK what it is, but there is just something very comfortable for me about that bike. And the more that I think about it, its exactly what i want/need. Why would I buy a bike that is designed to climb better when i hate climbing anyways? As much as i want to be better, i dont think the 2lb difference between the 2 bikes will make me that much faster on the climbs that i already dont enjoy that much. I mean, i enjoy a struggle, a challenge, and that awesome feeling you get at the top. But I dont think the EX8 would make any of it easier when compared to a Roscoe.
So after riding the Remedy, EX9.9, Top Fuel, and Roscoe. Im a Roscoe guy again. And i cant wait to order mine this Summer.
Any Roscoe riders have any impressions on climbing? Or any love for the Roscoe at all?
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