So I get a call from my little brother and I have to ruch up to Illinois a week earlier than I had planned. Because of the circumstances, I also have to fly instead of drive, which means the Stumpy had to stay at home. After all the dust settles, I find myself with about 4 hours to kill so I do what any self-respecting mountain biker would do. I set out to the LBS looking for a bike to rent and a trail to ride. That is where my mistake happened. See, the only two bike they had available for rent/demo were a lower level Giant hardtail and a Ellsworth Evolve 29er. So of course I choose the Ellsworth.
Now I love my Stumpy, but WOW was that bike awesome!!! Smooth as a Caddy, good pedaling performance even without Pro Pedal, light and quick steering. And it rolled over EVERYTHING. Whats the problem you ask? Now I want one and it costs $2000 more than my Stumpy did, which I just bought in January BTW. The good news is my wife said no as soon as I started talking about how great the bike was. If she had said yes then that would have been one expensive trip to IL, and the credit card company would be very happy with me. Now I'm home trying to figure out what I can sell to generate enough money for that bike.
The only thing I wonder is how much of it was the bike itself, and how much was the full suspension 29er setup? I wonder if a Specialized Epic 29er would perform the same way???