Sunday, February 01, 2009

2nd ride on the Legend with Company

This morning I was joined by Brody and James for a rip at The Woodlot. The snow further receded up the hill and more trails were clear so we decided to get up to Blood Donor.

Now the Legend is a pure DH bike and I have the seat set at a height for me to ride it down hill only so the ascent today was purely a push and at times I was carrying the bike as well.

The ride today started at 7:30am so it was cold and icy which made riding the woodwork on the upper trails rather dangerous. Bets were made as to how many times each of us would go down and at the end of the day, James won with 4 bails in the snow with a swollen ankle and a sacking to the nuts...OUCH!

Even with the slack head angle of the Legend, the bike handles tight turns on wet rooty trails quite well. One attribute of the bike that shined through was the laterally stiff rear end that gave me confidence on the wet and icy roots. Knowing that I only had my tires influencing the lateral movement of the bike and not flex makes negotiating the roots that much easier.

Giant Killer was the next trail on the menu and it was simply awesome. There is an amazing amount of flow on this trail and ripping it on a big bike is loads of fun. Fortunately there were no mishaps on Giant Killer and we then rode over to Snakes and Ladders.

This was the Legends maiden run down Snakes (my trail) and I felt at home on this bike. James and Brody paused to snap a few shots of me riding a couple turns and the photos are below.

So with Snakes now under our belt and we made our way over to Bloggy Style. One thing about the Legend that I have really noticed is how quite the bike is while riding. There is no pinging of the chain or vibration through the frame at all, the only thing you can hear are your tires drifting in the corners and the giggles in your head from having so much fun.

We decided to ride Bloggy twice and on the 2nd run, we put my helmet camera on Brody so that he could record James and I rippging Bloggy Style and straight into Shotgun.

The ride today was a load of fun with two guys I have not seen in a while. The Legend is proving to be a very impressive bike. The bike tracks very well over roots and is extremely predictable. It eats up the rough sections and rails tight corners with confidence. I cannot wait to get this bike on some longer rougher pure DH type trails.

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