|there is nothing else like riding a fine Eriksen 650b on Emerald Mountain single track on a beautiful autumn afternoon that will put such a smile on a rider's face.|
on a recent trip to Routt county, Jen took the opportunity to demo a couple of 650b Eriksen hardtails- one with 100mm of travel and a 3x10 drivetrain, and one with 120mm of travel and a 2x10 setup.
the Eriksen factory is located in close proximity to the prime single track trails of Emerald Mountain and Katie was super kind and helpful in loaning Jen her personal race machines for the test (as they are both nearly identical in stature, it was relatively easy to fit Jen to Katie's bikes).
long and short of the report is that Jen preferred the setup and position of the 120mm 2x10 bike, even though the buff single track of Emerald wasn't nearly brutal enough to fully activate all of that plush suspension travel. she definitely climbed at a much higher speed than what she usually attains on the same hills while riding her F/S bike and really enjoyed the responsive handling and maneuverability of a full-on XC race machine.
the burning question is: will there be a new 650b in Jen's fleet next spring? if so, the upcoming racing season could prove to be quite interesting. stay tuned.
the trails were in exceptionally good condition, almost forgot to mention.