This one’s called “Spot”, for obvious reasons (it’s made by Spot, and says Spot on the side). It looks like a tank, but it’s very light. I bought it to use as my winter commuter, so I can take it a little easier on “Babe”.
Low maintenance! Single speed. Belt drive. Disc brakes. 29’er wheels. Steel frame.
Fun to ride! I feel like I’m pedalling my ass off and going nowhere sometimes though. The single gear ratio is pretty easy, but that’s about right for winter. The feel is opposite from “Babe”. The shocks absorb everything, and I can easily ride up a high curb coming straight on. It feels like I’m going over a little bump. The belt drive almost make it feel too easy.
Still getting used to it after a day riding. Way different than the cyclocross bike feel. I feel like I’m bouncing up and down a lot because of the shocks. I’m struggling getting the belt alignment set perfectly. And I’ll need to raise the seat more to get comfortable. But you should see this bike parked next to a normal mountain bike. It looks gigantic. Everyone thinks it must weigh a ton until they pick it up. Light as a feather.
Off to MEC for a light and bell, and maybe some kind of deflector fenders for rain.
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