The Bike Shoppe

The Bike Shoppe
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Yeti Super Bikes

You've probably already read all of the reviews of Yeti SB-5c and SB-6c. They get great reviews because they are awesome bikes. In appearance alone, they stand out. With so many awesome bikes available, it's hard to stand out any more. But to be able to stand out in appearance and performance is an amazing feat.

The first thing I noticed was the acceleration. Usually that kind of instant gratification from stepping on the pedals is reserved for hardtails. But I was able to stay on the gas through rock gardens and roots. I pedaled up Taylor Canyon, (which is rocky in sections, rooty in others, and twisty all over), and never had to worry about adjusting switches, then I dropped the seat and never felt like I needed a more plush suspension coming down. That being said, I'm not sure there is a more plush suspension. The new fox 36 is an amazing fork and the rear wheel stuck to the ground the entire descent. Because the experience with Taylor Canyon was fairly early on in my ride I was afraid that it would be hard to get the bike up in the air. Usually a plush bike soaks up your effort to pop off of smaller lips and the likes. The first time I went to really get it up in the air I was startled because I lifted drastically harder than I was expecting. Usually a bike this capable for descents isn't as much fun on cross-country trails. They just mute the trail too much and so you have to ride it hard to really enjoy it. I always want something that will handle anything from Burro Pass down Porcupine Rim but also let me pedal up and around Snowbasin. I usually compromise. I have found the perfect bike for me. I had an SB-66c a couple seasons ago, it has been my favorite bike until now.

And for all of you that read these ramblings and were wondering what happened with the SB-5c that I was supposed to let you know if it were capable of satisfying my wants for a longer travel trail bike. It is adequate. But I had an opportunity to go bigger, and because I have a need to compensate, I took that opportunity.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Events at The Bike Shoppe

May is Bike Month. So naturally it will be awesome. We have demos and group rides. There will be incredible things happening all over Ogden as well. We are also having a Strava competition for those that can't meet up with us. Join our club on Strava, The Bike Shoppe and Friends. We'll have prizes for the person with the most miles ridden during the month, the longest single ride, and the most elevation climbed.

5/7 @6:00pm - Ogden Trails Shin-Dig at The Front Climbing Club. This is a great event that helps raise money for trails in the Ogden area.

5/8 @8:00am - Ogden Mayors Bike to Work Day. Meet up with the Mayor at the northwest corner of WSU, west of the Social Science building. The group will ride with the Mayor to the Ogden Amphitheater (343 25th Street) for breakfast.

5/9 9:00am until 5:00pm - Electric bike demo at Rainbow Gardens. Haibike and Izip bikes will be there to demo. We will have lunch at noon.

5/16 7:00am until 1:00pm - Trek Demo and group mountain ride. Meet at Rainbow Gardens at 7:00am and you can even try a 2015 Trek. The demo will be going on from 7:00am until 1:00pm even if you can't join us on the ride or want to put some miles on a Domane disc or Emonda.

5/30 @7:00am - Group Road ride from Huntsville to Monte Cristo. Meet at Huntsville Park at 7:00am.We'll even have food to help make it enticing to get on your road bike at 7:00am.

Let us know if you have questions. Otherwise, we'll see you there!