Tinker time. Ride time.

Okay, so in a previous post I said that my new bike had arrived and posted a picture of said bike. Well, for the purposes of accuracy and honesty, I should point out the bike in the picture wasn’t actually my new bike. Rather it was the extra large size model we’ve just got in for demo at the shop. My bike had arrived at the shop, but was still festering, desperate to be ridden, inside its box, in the store room. Well, yesterday I finally found time to get it into the shed and out of the box, unwrap it, fix all the bits together, tinker with it, and take it for a quick spin. Here’s what a top day looks like in my world……

Tinker time…

Take bike from box and place in stand. Remove packaging.

Out of the box and into the stand.

Out of the box and into the stand.

Copper slip the bolts, grease the bearings, and put the front end together.

Apply the slippy stuff!

Apply the slippy stuff!

Fit the brakes, adjust the gears, tweak the levers, fit the pedals (and lights!), stick more air in the suspension, move the saddle, and then the best bit – test ride!

Ready to ride!

Ready to ride!

This is the Camber Comp from Specialized – comes with 110mm of travel front and rear (Fox Float RL 29er forks, and a Fox Triad shock), 2×10 gears (XT rear mech, X7 front mech, SLX shifters), and Avid Elixir 7 SL brakes.

Ride time……

On the trail.

On the trail.

Holey moley – this is one quick bike! Surefooted like the Rumblefish was, rolls really well, eats up the rocks, but feels much more nimble, as well as being easier to climb (probably down to the few lbs advantage it has over the ‘Fish).  Ooooh…I think Specialized might be onto a winner here!

Time to ditch the tubes!

Time to ditch the tubes!

Mind you. It still needs to be tubeless!

 

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