Got to take the new 08 Stumpjumper FSR Expert test bike out for a spin up Makara on Monday. The wind was howling but the trails are nice and dry at last, and I pretty much had the place to myself. Is that a Yeti? No, but the test colour looks pretty good, better than the colour the production bikes come in I think. Turned a few heads in the car park and looks good on the trail.
Aratihi, looking from Ridgeline. You don't realise how far you have to climb to get to the top, but it's not too steep and the ride back down is worth it.
Ridgeline extension. I got blown off the bike on an uphill pinch near the top. The wind even down lower was strong enough to blow my camera off the table. The hill in the background is near the top of the Peak, and Ridgeline comes from up there.
Most of the ride was spent thinking about how the bike was in comparison to mine, and also how those (long) shorts I'm wearing feel, as I'm reviewing them for Mountain Biking Australia. Bike: awesome. Shorts: too long. Riding a bike in the bush on a day off work: Priceless.