Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Kent called me early this year screaming, " You ready, you ready for an Ellsworth?" I like a chump, said "Yes". There was nothing wrong with my current ride, just time for some thing different. I am a sucker for "supporting the cause". Such a sucker, I have branded myself for life with the symbol of the crew. Kent was hounding me and I ordered a large Epiphany in black with black rockers and a black bling kit. I have a little OCD(Big Jim understands, we were separated at birth), so when Kent called me and said he should have it in a month, I was less than thrilled. Good news is that I had time to unload everything I owned on eBay so I could pay for this frame.
I got it with all my parts and after two rides, I couldn't get the seatpost to stop slipping. Most would be pissed, however shit happens and it was time to eat the shit sandwich. Made in America by hand, maybe my bike was made on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. The biggest problem was they didn't have another large black Epiphany, so the waiting game begins again.
Ellsworth came through and I got my frame, they even sent a hydration pack to ease the pain. Everything went together without at hitch. I always figured suspension is suspension, and all this mumbo jumbo about VPP, DW Link, Horst Link and Snoop D O Double G was just another way for companies to try to market their bikes. Ellsworth uses the ICT, and I got 140mm of it.
I have to say...I dig this bike. I am not saying that because I bought one, I am saying it because this is my ideal bike. It sits right between a race bike and a trail bike. The ICT suspension feels like it is endless for a 140mm(5.5in) bike. I don't race, but I could with this bike. I could take it anywhere in the US and be just fine. By the way, it is about time for another NC trip Wrecking Ball and Big Jim. We just have to keep Big Squirm from getting his period again. There is a lot of beer in Asheville we didn't drink.
Just wanted to give Ellsworth and Zone 5(Kent) my approval for what it is worth. There is something to be said for "Made in America". Feels pretty good to buy American when I can, no matter what the wait is.
Zak "Little Ball" summed it up perfect. He named my bike Oprah, because it is big, black, and worth a lot of money. See you guys soon.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Rumor has it that my wheels have arrived and my frame is being assembled in Oregon. I need a fork and that is in the works. Hopefully if things pan out, I will be wearing a BC/Ellsworth kit while riding an Ellsworth.
I am a little sad to see the orange Turner on the chopping block. It is a great bike, an orange bike. The parts will be surfacing up on eBay next week. I would love to keep both but can't afford it. The new bike will fly under the radar with the black and white theme. No more "hey look at me, my frame and wheels are orange!"
If the owner/proprietor of Zone 5 can manage to get all parts in Tallahasse by May 15, I may come up to build the bike and help out with the Red Bug Challenge. My visits are always on the fence because I have about a million assholes' behavior dictating when I can have off. Worse comes to worse, I will have K-Dub, K-Swiss, Red Dragon, Butcher, whatever she is calling herself these days, send me the stuff and will build it in North Cuba.
If all goes well, I will be up there with 5.5 of ICT travel and a cross bike looking for clay again. Cross your fingers, I am due for a visit.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Nobody asked me (well some did) but Big Jim is creeping me out. With all of the chaos going on in the BC world we were relying on Big Jim to be the face of BC. He was doing a great job but lately he's been wavering. Maybe it was too many NB jokes? Or perhaps our hectic lives have him irritated? Maybe we should ride bikes more? Part of me thinks he's mad, another part thinks he's bike depressed, and yet another thinks he is wookin pa nub. MOST of me thinks he's like this picture on the left - smiling but you know he's thinking something else. The espresso is almost ready. Terry is back on the bike. I'm back on the bike. BRC is fast and new folks are hanging around the shop. RBC is on the horizon. What more could you want? It's time to come home Jim. Snap out of the funk or get snapped out of it. Dragon