Rule #12 of the Velominati’s The Rules, is:
The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is
nis the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as
sis the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
I just have one bike, not counting my trials motorcycle which I’m planning to sell Real Soon Now so as to help me with the
s factor in the above equation. I’m not yet shopping but I am ruminating.
Having ridden mototrials for years, I’m naturally interested in a trials bicycle. Living in Minnesota, I’m naturally interested in a fat bike for winter riding.
But after my experience of enduro riding in Duluth in June, I’m now really interested in the gravity-related categories of mountain biking, especially since I have two places within 35 minutes to practice jumps (Lexington Ave. Pump and Jump Park and Lebanon Hills), and a couple of downhill runs 45 minutes away at the Memorial Trail system in Red Wing.
So with gravity weighing on my mind, I went to the Salsa Cycles demo last night at the Carver Lake Off-road Cycling Trail in Woodbury.
QBP Outside Sales Reps for the Upper Midwest, John Gaddo and Paul Lehrer, fixed me up to demo a Salsa Horsethief which the promo lit says:
… is our full-suspension 29’er trail bike, designed for all-day riding on rugged terrain. A very capable climber, Horsethief does have a slight bias toward descending, letting you enjoy the fruits of your uphill labor. By designing the bike for use with a shorter than normal stem, the body is positioned better for aggressive riding.
I knew there wouldn’t be any rugged downhill terrain at Carver so I was content to test it on the rock gardens and skinnies. Never having ridden a full-suspension bike before, I was wondering if the Horsethief would allow me to do what I can do with my X-Caliber hardtail on the tougher technical stuff. It handled it easily. And I did notice that I could ride a lot faster through the rock gardens, rather than picking my way slowly, trials-style. Cool. Would the Horsethief be enough to handle the downhill runs at the Copper Harbor Ride Center and similar parks? I suspect so.
Fellow Rice County residents were well-represented at the event, including the gang from Milltown Cycles in Faribault and some of their regular customers. Left photo: Logan Macrae, Mark Witt, Curtis Ness. Right photo: Owen Mibus, Ben Witt, Myrna Mibus. Not shown: Jim Fisher and his daughter Amy.
Hey grif, the horse theif is a sick bike, i demo’d it too and it actually had me thinking would a 29r like this be a good compliment to my arsenal if i bought a big bike like a kona entourage and had the theif as my trail bike? and you know how I feel about 29rs, haha
Hey Chance, I see your blog post with a more detailed report on your demo of the Horsethief… paragraph starts with:
Did you ride the Spearfish?
Thanks for the heads-up on the Kona Entourage. I’ll look at it. PinkBike review here.
That sounds right for me.
If you like going fast, I think you’ll love going full suspension. With my F.S. bike recently sidelined in a car accident, I had an opportunity to get very familiar with the old hard tail again and while it was new and fun, I REALLY missed the rear suspension when slamming through rock gardens and rooty technical singletrack. I’m probably a third again as fast on full squish.
Clay, I think the reason I’ve not been drawn to a full suspension bike thus far is because of my love of technical, trials-type riding. When I encounter the XX areas of Leb, for example, I’m more likely to get off my bike and see if I can find a new line through them that’s more difficult… something that’s possible for me to do but maybe 1 out of 5 tries.
Doing the enduro-type riding with Rudy, Chance and the boys in Duluth, I saw for the first time how going fast downhill over the roots and rocks could also be fun. But I just don’t have occasion to do that type of riding very often. So the prospect of more gravity-type runs becoming available makes a FS bike more logical for me.
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