...because I want it. We've been getting some '08 stock of Specialized bikes in this week, among them a few Test Bikes that customers can take out for a couple of hours for real-world assessment. Big Kahuna Nigel has insisted that every staff member takes every test model out for a good thrashing, and he didn't have to twist our arms too much. Mike is taking the Epic Expert, and me the Enduro SL Expert, up to Makara tomorrow for a spin after doing a bit of digging. We are waiting on the test Stumpjumper FSR Expert still, that's the one I'm really looking forward to riding. I wasn't real keen on the new frame shape when I saw it on the web, but we have a Comp in, and it looks pretty sweet in the flesh. But the one I really want is this... The 29er. I like the way the frame sits low to compensate for the big hoops, where the 26" wheelers sit higher in the front (they are longer travel , 120mm against 105mm for the 29er). But who knows, I might fall for the Enduro tomorrow, and join Col and Nath in the 6" club. Travel, that is.
On another note, there's a 6/12 hour race being staged on Mt. Victoria here in the heart of Wellington in November. There was a World Cup XC race held there in 98, won by our own Cadel. Should be a fun event.