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I got my 5 Spot built up a few days ago and have about 5 hours on it so far. The shakedown ride was yesterday and it did not dissapoint. On a virgin ride, I generally like to go somewhere where the terrain is uber familiar (Hall Ranch, CO) so I can analyze the bike in all situations. I opted for a different break in ride yesterday, though, and took the Spot to a trail I hadn't been on in over a year. South St Vrain for those familiar with the Front Range. The South St Vrain trail is tough and rocky. It would be a good test for the new Spot.

The ride starts with 20 minutes of dirt road climbing, then another 45 minutes of technical singletrack climbing with a nice long 20 minute rocky ballbuster descent. Good stuff. The bike ripped. First thing I noticed was the high bb. I loved it. With 5.5 inches and a tall bb, I was able to easily pedal thru rocky climbing sections that had me carefully picking a line before. Same thing going down. It stuck. Everywhere. I only had 1 dab on the entire descent. I can't even remember the last time I did that.

Today, I headed back to the same area for more riding on different trails. All were of similar character, though - rocky, technical and undulating. Today was different, though. The skies opened up and poured on me big time. Pretty cold stuff at 10,000 feet, too. The lightning storm got bad enough that I ditched my bag and bike and huddled under a tree for about a 1/2 hour. By the time I braved it back on the trail, there was so much hail it looked as if it had just snowed. All the while, the Spot dissappeared underneath me. Good thing, too, considering the trail was nothing but standing water, babyheads, and boulders. Nobody wishes for conditions like that, especially on a strange bike, but I felt right at home.

I'll be spending a lot more time on the 5 Spot. It's good. Sorry there's no couch shot. :)

Here's a few pics from the last couple of days.
 

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It's already gone. Great bike, but the Spot is more my style. For me, it's not necessarily the wheelsize so much as the ride itself. I generally like 29ers but I like the Spot better than the Sultan. Even after a handful of rides.
 

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The new Spot is a sweet ride- you will soon see how it outclasses the old one, HL or not. I'll have to bring mine up one of these days and we can let the kids play. I have never ridden Hall or St. Vrain anyway- Vrain looks like a fantastic trail. Good choice of tires though I'd be a bit wary on wet rocks with those. Maybe the next Deathmarch....
 

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The Squeaky Wheel said:
Is the whole of SSV/SD melted at this point?

Let's get up there together sometime in the next few weeks. I'll take my Sultan and will happily wait for you. ;)
Sourdough and lower SSV are all dry finally. Upper SSV and some of the other high up bits are almost there, so we'll be riding them soon enough.

Hmmm, I close the shop at 3 on Sundays so I can get a late day ride in. You guys want to come up late on a Sunday in the next couple of weeks? I'll happily tour guide.

Thanks for the good words on the bike everyone. I'll have some more impressions up as I spend more time on 'er.

~dave
 

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ignazjr said:
Sourdough and lower SSV are all dry finally. Upper SSV and some of the other high up bits are almost there, so we'll be riding them soon enough.

Hmmm, I close the shop at 3 on Sundays so I can get a late day ride in. You guys want to come up late on a Sunday in the next couple of weeks? I'll happily tour guide.

Thanks for the good words on the bike everyone. I'll have some more impressions up as I spend more time on 'er.

~dave
I'll get in touch. I can't make it this weekend or 4th of July weekend - but maybe right after that
 

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its always cool to hear about a new bike but nuthin compares to knowin the rider digs it so much. congrats man!

and who uses bottle cages anymore? oh yea, i do.
 

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ignazjr said:
Hmmm, I close the shop at 3 on Sundays so I can get a late day ride in. You guys want to come up late on a Sunday in the next couple of weeks? I'll happily tour guide.

~dave
I'm in for this sunday if you don't mind the slow guy coming with you!
 

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Yo Jay, this coming schedule is already in the books for a recon mission but we'll hook up after that.

Here's a thought - Sundays are usually fairly slow. I'm happy to close all day on a Sunday to lead up a Front Range Turner get together deathmarch. We could spend all day trolling the Peaceful Valley/Brainard Lake trail system. I can bring grilling fixins and
Dales Pale Ale.

Just a thought...
 
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