Real takeaways... what I now know that I didn't know already.
I didn't know the High Roller II is available in the 27.5 x 3.0 and 2.8 size. Derp. It's got a tread pattern that looks like it belongs on the mountain bike that I would normally ride in the Pisgüh. I kept telling myself to get a picture of it when I headed to the barn/dining hall, but then... beer. Here's someone else's:
photo cred: Bike RumorThe Rekon 29 X 2.6 is coming.
I personally rode on the DHF+ front/Rekon+ rear the whole time.
Greg Minaar and toilets flushing backwards. I don't remember. I just know what I like and have some preconceived notions about what I don't.
Canadians sometimes pay a lot of money for tires. No one knows why.
I found this in the pocket of my jorts the first time I put them on this weekend. I wonder where that came from.
We drank twice as much beer on night one as the Maxxis people thought we would. I take partial credit for that. Lunch beers, dinner beers, trail beers, presentation beers... they had all the flavors.
Mulberry Gap. I really like this place. Bring very little with you other than riding clothes, beer, and a bathing suit. The trails in the area aren't all that technical, but you're going up or down all day long. It's mountain biking... in the mountains. Also, I love the fact that there's zero cell coverage back there. You come all that way to hang out with your fellow humans, not stare at your pocket computer. I wish other places I vacate at would block signal so people can have what our parents called "conversations."
Shimano. Man, it is hard getting used to XT brakes. Very powerful. Very unforgiving. Also, their design for a 1X chain ring is going to keep the folks at MRP and Wolftooth in the 1X chain guide business for the foreseeable future.
Chain drop. Drop Top.
The Pivot LES. I feel like it almost deserves its own post. I really liked riding the bike, and I wish my current Pisgah bike could take a full plus-size rear tire, had and internal non-27.2 drooper, and weighed something less than it does.
The Pivot LES does all that.
What it doesn't do, and why after fantasizing about getting myself one for two days, I don't think I will:
I'm between sizes, as far as what I currently ride and am comfortable with. The medium I rode was almost 16.5mm longer in the top tube than my Stickel, and I also ended up on a stem 10mm longer than what I run (that was my decision based on not knowing the ETT). I had a slightly harder time lofting the front end up off the ground (I'm not going to say "manualing" because I can't). That combined with the 20mm or so longer chain stays and something was noticeable. Mebbe the Swingers could bring that length down (assuming the fixed position is not all the way forward), but then the 2.8 might be too close to the stays.
I could size down to a small, but then I have a shorter than I'm used to ETT (only @10mm shorter tho). It does still have two water bottle mounts (kudos, where a human can reach them while riding), but I would definitely need a good amount of headset spacers. I would also love a solid number on the BB height with a 120mm fork and 27.5+ tires. Listed height on the site is with 29" tires with a 100mm fork, and 12.10" is just squeaking by with 120mm fork IMHOMO). They do put one of these jobbers in the head tube when running 27.5+ to bring the front end up a bit more (seen here on the Pivot LES Fat):
Overall, regardless of size, I had a good time on the bike. I'll definitely try to ride a small at some point, but why replace the Stickel anyways?
Mostly my own fault. I did a trbl job future-proofing that bike. 27.2 post because I said I would never droop and I few other things that had I known then what I know now...
Who woulda thought there would ever be a thing like 27.5+ and that I might like it?
Excited plans are now in limbo. Since I was only thinking about replacing the bike I ride the least, it's only affecting my overall happiness by a degree or two. I hope I get over it.