After a long 3-4 weeks of gathering parts and selling my Fuel, i picked up my new 5-spot this afternoon from OutSpokin in Woodstock, GA. I was already dressed for a ride at Blankets Creek when i walked in, and within a few minutes i was unloading the bike at the trail head!
First impression after a few feet of riding- this bike fits me perfect! It is so comfortable compared the Fuel. A few feet after that i notice how much more plush the ride is. A totally different feel than i was used to.
I did a quick lap on the beginner trail trying to break in the brakes by making a few easy stops. I was grinning ear-to-ear already! Just by rolling over a couple small roots, i could tell i was going to enjoy this!
A quick stop at the "T' at the start of the intermediate loop to check and make sure everything was tight. The seat was a little loose, but a fellow rider had a mini-tool so i could tighten it back up. Thanks! I left mine at the house in my haste to ride this thing.
Took off on my first lap- again trying to take it easy since this was an unfamiliar bike and $$$$. I just couldn't help myself, i went faster and faster......looking for roots and rocks to roll over. I was taking all new lines compared to my Fuel. In the fuel i would dart and weave around obstacles and clinch my teeth for the bone-jarring hit if i did happen to hit some roots dead-on.
Things i like right away:
Smoothness. This bike floats over everything, allowing me to keep A LOT more momentum than i have in the past and thus ride faster.
Steering. I don't think i knew how twitchy my fuel steered until i rode the spot. No twitchyness, just nice smooth turns. Hard to describe, almost like everything was in slow-motion, in a good way.
Downhills. Again, smooooth. It just eats up bumps, rocks, roots and begs for more.
Climbing. This was a bit of a surprise. I expected the Fuel to climb better than the Spot. I would say they are the same on smooth uphill climbs. Where the Spot shines is on the technical uphills. The TNT rear suspension is PLANTED, the traction is incredible! BTW, climbing was done with the Propedal in the lowest setting. I didn't play with settings today........can it actually get better?!?!?
Brakes. Hope M4s with 2-piece rotors, 8-inch front/6-inch rear. WOW, these stop my fat-@$$ in a hurry. The lever feel is great.
I found myself riding faster than i ever had before, but without really trying. It was a much more relaxed ride, but my lap times were as good as my best on the Fuel. Not bad for the first day on a new bike, no adjustments and not having ridden in 3 weeks!
BOTTOM LINE: i Freakin' LOVE IT!!!
And now for some pics. Not very good because i forgot to take some while it was shinny and new.
Frame- 5-spot, large. Black annodized.
Fork- Fox Vanilla 130RLC
shock- Fox DHX-A
Brakes- Hope M4s 8 inch front, 6 inch rear
Crank- Shimano XT
Cass- SRAM 970
headset- Chris King
Stem- Thomson 100mm, 0* rise
bar- Answer Protaper carbon. oversize
grips- ODI lockons
shifters- SRAM X9. X0 was installed, but there was a defect. Replacement is on the way
F. Derail Sram
R. Derail- Sram X9
saddle- Sette Race Ti
Wheels- left over Bontragers from the Fuel. New set coming soon.
Tires- Hutchinson Spyders
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