Saturday morning 7:30am alarm goes. Wolf down some muesli and get the bike out.
It says -3C on the thermometer and snow is forecast so today i have packed my snowboard goggles and mitts along with roadie neoprene overshoes into my handlebar roll – JUST IN CASE.
There is carnage on the 2 mile stretch of road leading up to Mugdock as idiots in cars forget they are 2WD (4WD wannabes) cars with low profile tyres – so they have slidden and created some entertainment for me (and probably higher insurance premiums)
Meetup with pal Stu then off to meet the rest of the guys. This was my first rolling on snow with the fat bike and it felt so smooth and tracked so easily once there was powder. The other boys were on a 29er normal a 26 full sus and then two 29+ bikes running 3″ tyres. First we went up to the boards and my pal said the 15psi I was riding was way too high so I dropped it to 8psi then immediately slammed it into a board and gave myself a puncture. I told them to head on but they waited the 5 min for me to change the tube. Then onwards we went. The route they went involved lots of single track sections through the woods so I felt i was not getting the terrain I wanted.
A lot of trees were down so handsaws came out sections were rerouted or trees dragged out of the way ….
So after 3 hours of lots of stops and starts i headed off by myself to enjoy the crunch. Went upwards towards the Campsies and the West Highland Way were there is a great descent but it was not snowy more sludge and mud so I headed straight across the heather up to a stone fence for a spot of cold leftover pasta. Then a few more loops before heading home ….
Snow wasn’t too deep but still that lovely crunch.
My thoughts on the Genesis Caribou so far: (2 rides in)
- Gearing seems about right, struggled slightly on some hills but i think I just need to man up.
- Tyres although wide have little grip so wet roots will still slide. Think it was specced more for weight
- Bottom bracket quite low so a few pedal strikes – but this may be a contrast to the 29er
- Despite strikes actually pretty flickable on technical sections – I thought steering would be slower but has a good feel.
- Tubes … uuugh … how last century – will need to convert to tubeless sometime in the future but this might also mean changing the tyres
- Slow …. the sections to trailhead even on tar are painful (man up once again and get over it)
Overall – a keeper ….. more once tested for more than 80km.