|Riding the BB200? Commit this to memory.|
|On our way back from the trail centre test.|
The narrower bars were an instant improvement and made the bike feel more balanced without any loss of control in the going down department. What I didn’t yet know was whether changing the eccentric would help with climbing but I knew where to go to find out. Anyone who’s ridden across the mountain plateau from Nant -Yr- Arian to the mountain road and Machynlleth will have come across a small dam, below the dam is a ford and next to the ford is a 30%, rutted gravel climb. It’s not a long climb but it’s technically very hard and I’d decided that if we could make it to the top, then any issues from the previous day were cured.
The Trail Centre Test.
Is that a Jones mate?
Yeah, all Jones frames are branded as Stooge now.
With the trail centre test concluded, I finished my flapjack, necked my brew and headed back home. The previous day combined with the mornings 30 miles were starting to give me a real feel for the bike. I’d very quickly stopped thinking about descending and just let the bike do its own thing, the careful line-choice usually required when riding rigid feels like overkill on the Stooge.
I’d already started to get an inkling that the bikes climbing prowess may have been restored to anticipated levels but I couldn’t be fully sure until I reached the dam. Carry a bit of speed through the ford, pop the front wheel up onto the other side, allow the gradient to slow you just enough – then PEDAL!
25 seconds later we crested the top, the Stooges honour well and truly intact and my lungs trying to exit my body through my ears.
Whether altering the position of the eccentric really made the difference or whether it was just a placebo almost doesn’t matter … the important thing was that I now knew it could climb as well as any other rigid 29er I’ve ever ridden and descend better than all of them.
|Steel + rigid never goes out of style.|
|The colour of fun!|
|A bike, a tree and a valley.|