Now I’ve had the Blue Pig for a month now, I though it would be a good time to post an update..
Impressions are very good to say the least. The bike has been able to handle most things I can throw at it. It’s been on epic two day rides in to the back of beyond. It’s been on quick blasts around here (Morzine) when I’ve not had the time to ride all day. It’s most at home on the Techy stuff – switchbacks are a personal favourite.
It has the ability to inspire confidence and know that the front will roll over stuff if you let it – not get stuck behind an obstacle and throw you off – that’d be the slack head angle then..
Climbing wise – I’ve not had to do too much of that yet – what with uplifts all around – but the climbs that I have done it’s been me rather than the bike that’s faltered. It goes up a lot more confidently than most hard tails I’ve ridden. The front end does wander a bit on the real steep stuff – But then I do have some 160mm forks on there – right on the limit for this frame.
And most importantly – it’s never felt out of it’s depth around here.
Current spec in order of importance is:
Fox 36 Van R
Dual Ply Minions
Big wide bar
Some round(ish) wheels
Some brakes that stop
Some gears that go
I’d like to get a hammershmidttdddddttt on there – but it needs some ISCG mounts and some more money in my bank account before that happens! Failing that a blackspire stinger to keep the chain in check.
TRANSPARENCY CHECK – Guy has the frame on loan, and hasn’t paid us for it. He’s under no obligation to keep riding it, but hasn’t paid for it with his own money. I’ve never met him, or stayed at FlowMTB, or have any great intentions of doing so as I’m dead busy, but it looks lovely.