I have been missing out on a lot of cycling due to a major kithcen remodel (two entire walls removed) that I am doing with my sons. When I saw an ad in the paper for a drawing for a free bike with a test ride at the LBS I thought it would be a good break. Free luch too.
I was suprised when I got to the LBS to see two large enclosed trailers with Trek logos all over them. One was for mens bikes and the other for womens.
After a short wait in line I asked for a 29er hard tail mtn bike. The one in my size was out so I took a Gary Fisher Cronus Pro instead.
The Cronus Pro is quite a bike. It has a CF frame with a large bottom bracket, a tapered head tube and a slighlty wider front fork spacing. It came with all Ultegra components, Bontrager high end wheels and even Bontrager tires.
As soon as I took off on it I was impressed by how fast I could accelerate. I spent the next 1/2 hour zipping up and down the Rail Trail in Inverness.
I was also impressed by how nice it rode. I could easily see myself eating up a lot of miles in a day on this bike.
Then I took it back and traded for a Mtn. bike. It was a Gary Fisher Superfly with 29" wheels, disc brakes, and a very light (to me anyway) CF frame.
It took me about 30 seconds to love this bike as I charged across the parking lot and into an open field. The thing took off like no mtn. bike I had ever ridden. After the first squeeze on the disc brakes, when both tires skidded, I learned that they are super quick stoppers too .
I found a large mulch pile and climbed it a few times, then jumped a couple of curbs including a curb in a parking lot and up onto the sidewalk both in one mighty bunny hop.
I rode it across the trail and found a nice steep pile of old overgrown dirt and attacked it like I knew what I was doing. Then I finished off by plowing through some high weeds just for fun.
I took it back and told the Trek Lady that if I was looking for a new mtn. bike that one would be at the top of the list. Then I asked how much it was.
"Around $4400", she replied.
I went home and back to work on the kitchen.