First some introductions, if you’ve been into Unreal you’ve seen me from time to time. I’m usually dashing in and out delivering lunch, coffee or incoming boxes from the shipping carriers. My name is Lewis and going forward if you visit Unreal you’ll be seeing a lot more of me.
I’ve taken it upon myself to continue the weekly population of the Unreal Blog, which means I need to start riding my bicycle more often.
This week we started Monday night with a climb in Jacksonville. Peter and I, along with a couple of the shop regulars, left from the Kiosk and headed up the road to Hobo. My weapon of choice for this ride was my newly upgraded Grammo titanium Toa 29er. Currently put together with 27+ Grammo wheels and my new Rockshox RS1 fork. I started to ease into this blogging role with a complete failure to capture images. All I got was my tracks data, so here it is for you to enjoy.
Next on the ride list for this week was a Thursday evening climb in the same location, Jacksonville Forrest Park. To add a twist however, Unreal was hosting the Yeti demo fleet for two days and so I got to ride the Yeti SB4.5c. We filled the van with eager riders and met more on the hill. By the end there were fifteen or so of us up there riding.
The way the SB4.5c glided over the obstacles and over the rolling terrain of my favorite Granite Trail was unbelievable. I’ve been an advocate of big wheels for a number of years, but to add the super plush 4.5 inches of Yeti Switch Technology to the mix was incredible. My only concern on this ride, as usual when I’m not riding my bikes, was backwards brakes. Being English my brakes are setup right front, left rear, and so riding any demo bike is always a challenge. I rode with Jason on the new longer travel SB5.5c and we both brought it home clean side up.
Friday was day two of the Yeti Demo and we moved location up to Rogue River for a quick lap on the MOTR trail with about seven people in tow. Many of the riders got two hot laps of the lower loop in so they could test more than one bike. I spent some time with Dennis, the Yeti Rep, cleaning and preparing the remaining bikes for their next outing in Portland.
Sunday Sunday Sunday!! I’m not really a gravity rider, I ride a 29er titanium hard tail by choice and so what this means is, we usually climb to descend. Every once in a while however, I take to one of the full suspension bikes available at the store and shuttle. This weekend’s shuttle was provided by AMA. AMA aren’t running full mountain shuttles yet, so Jason and I got the short shuttle to Four Corners. I borrowed Peter’s 27.5″ equipped Unreal for the task at hand which was not only a great ride on when we got to descending. It also managed the little climbing we did before Jason had some technical difficulties, which had us returning to Four Corners to drop in.
That’s the full week wrap up… next week we’ve got rides planned Tuesday morning, hot laps in J’Ville. Anyone interested can find us around the Kiosk at 8am.
So until next week, get out and ride!