Instead of the “easy spin” for an hour on Tuesday, I took a Yeti ASR for test ride on the usual run to the Rhodes Memorial singletrack and back. What a bike! It climbs pretty much as well as the Santa Cruz Tallboy I rode a few weeks ago, and descends as quickly as any other bike I’ve ridden. In my case, this is admittedly not a huge sample, but on the basis that the bike has to make up for my lack of talent, I reached the conclusion that the Yeti ticked more boxes than the other bikes under consideration. Having said that, I’d have been delighted to have the Tallboy for Epic, because it’s a fantastic bike. This was a tough decision!
For the record, the claimed weight on the Yeti is 11.5kg, which is 500g lighter than the Tallboy. The one I rode has South carbon rims, which are locally manufactured. I’m not a good enough rider to be able to talk about ‘feel’, but the pros rave about these wheels.
Thursday’s ride was one of those fun interval sessions (not), with ten two-minute blasts in heart rate zone four. I rode for two hours on Saturday, but skipped Sunday’s ride because I’d put too much effort into the festivities of the night before.
Next week is Wines2Whales, the first in a series of races building up to Epic.