Friday, May 28, 2010

Trail Report: Windsor trail in Santa Fe is riding great! The stream is still a little high but nothing you can't at least wade across. We only made it to Pacheco canyon road before we had to turn back but I am confident that the trail is clear all the way to the bottom of the ski area. Chamiza and Sidewinder are clear and as good as I've seen them in awhile. This means most of our trails are clear of snow now. Only the highest stuff, above 10,000 ft, is holding on for a few more weeks. I'm guessing South Boundary will be open by mid-June. Get out and enjoy it all.

-Charlie

Monday, May 24, 2010

Transition Covert Demo, Tomac Flint 29er, and a pretty Commencal

We've got some new toys in the shop (as usual).


First, a Transition Covert built up for our Demo fleet (size large).  This is a very cool bike, been getting some good press lately.  Now that we have one in the shop, we are wondering why we didn't get one long ago (beside from the fact that they are frequently sold out, Transitions #1 selling bike it turns out).

So far so good. Sent the bike out for its first demo ride, and the customer came back and ordered one for himself.  Then our very picky buddy Chris B. took it out, and had plenty of positive to say about it.  Last year after riding every 5" travel bike under the sun, Chris settled on a Giant Trance X0. However, he said had he ridden this bike, it would have definitely been in contention. He also said "this bike likes White Mesa", which I thought sounded good.

Next, I got a new 29er frame to hang all my fancy pants parts on.


It's a Tomac Flint 29 frame.  A very nicely shaped aluminum frame with eccentric BB and all the cable stops, this bike is ready for gears or single speed.  My large frame came in right at 4 lbs, and my bike weighed 20.5 lbs before I put pedals on it (I typically weigh bikes with all the necessary parts to make them rideable, however, Danny was anxious and put this one on the scale before I had finished building it).
What you can't see in the photos is a very nice sparkly white paint job, great looking welds, huge amounts of tire clearance in back.  Overall, it's just a very well put together frame.
I went out yesterday for its maiden voyage (and my first ride in 2 weeks).  I definitely could tell the frame was laterally stiffer than my previous one (a steel Spot), and the bike cornered very predictably, allowing me to really feel what the tires were doing.
I didn't give much though to the geometry while riding, which I see as a good thing. The bike generally felt correct, and didn't require my attention to make it do what I wanted it to. Definitely doesn't feel like a cumbersome 29er, as some niners will.  This bike actually has such short chainstays that my chain is 1 link shorter than it was on the Spot, and that was with the eccentric BB adjusted pretty far forward.
It's sweet. Also, the frame sells for somewhere around $500, which is a screaming deal. Unfortunately I believe they are completely sold out, but if you are interested let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Lastly, Tony built up a damn good looking Commencal Supreme DH Saturday morning:


We've built and sold a whole lot of these bikes over the past couple years, but they still manage to get the boys excited.  Especially when all the parts are just right, and of course, matching in color.
Industry Nine wheels, a very red Race Face crankset, and Tony's personal touch, a gold chain:


To top things off, the 2011 Fox 40's should be arriving today or tomorrow, and this bike will be receiving one promptly. 
I can't remember which one of the teenage Los Alamos DH crew that we sponsor got this bike, but whoever he is, he is stoked I assure you (perhaps if those kids didn't travel in such large packs I would have a chance at learning all their names, but honestly, I don't see that happening).

Well, that's what I have for today.  We will be deciding in the next couple of days about any special closures over the next few weeks (with the Pajarito Punishment and the Chile Challenge coming up, we have a tendency to sneak out of the shop a bit).

Thanks for reading.
Dan L

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Since I know you have never seen a baby before....

Here's my new little dude:




And here he is with his big brother, Julian:





Name is Oliver.  So far, he has proved to be very good at eating, pooping, and sleeping.

He's eight days old now. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lucero had his baby! A strapping young man by the name of Oliver decided to join the world on Wed. of last week. Congrats Dan and Kristi.

That said, we apologize for having to close Saturday the 15th (today) and hope you will bear with us until Mr. Lucero returns- red eyed from lack of sleep of course and slower than ever mentally speaking (two kids will do that to you).

Trail Report: Cedro and Otero are riding beautifully of course. I haven't checked out faulty or Oso yet but I'm guessing they are now clear of snow and ready to ride. I hiked La Luz a few days ago and there were still large snow drifts in a number of places. Looking down the ski area from the top also showed a number of drifts and snowfields- but less than I expected to see.  I think 10 k will be mostly rideable in a week or two if it isnt already. I will go check next week and report back. If you feel inclined; for a few weeks this spring help us all out and carry a hatchet or bow saw on your rides to help clear the trails. I made it out to the Zuni mountains (by Gallup) a couple weeks ago and they were 95% rideable then- they should be perfect right now. I will head to Santa Fe the week after next and check out the situation there.

The photo below is to get everyone excited for the coming summer.

-Charlie