Had a great ride out at Sunny Hollow Park on my fresh Salsa Spearfish. Speaking of Sunny Hollow, I must note what an incredible job Fellowship of the Wheel has done with that place. Go to their site and give them all your money and try to make some time to hook up with a trail crew and put in a day out in the woods with those awesome folks. Oh, and get out there and ride!
Ok on to whats important here, a new bike!
I had never thought much of full suspension mountain bikes, having always rode rigid single speeds, but after attending the United Bicycle Institute to learn all about suspension systems my interest was piqued. I jumped at the chance to get on a Salsa Spearfish. The Spearfish was designed for endurance - long rides, endurance racing, and bikepacking. The single-pivot design of the rear suspension coupled with stiff stays makes the Spearfish pedal, and climb on par with a hardtail. The 80mm RockShox Monarch still takes the bite out of the rough stuff. Salsa really struck a great balance with this rig.
I call it Orange Crush.
Here are a few more pictures