The results were nothing short of awe inspiring. Through tight turns and rock gardens he was able to more accurately choose lines and the rear suspension helped keep him stuck to the bike and the ground. No more feet bouncing off the pedals on bumps and no more, “Oh please let him make it through without crashing” thoughts from me.
It wasn’t all sunshine and apple pie, though. On our first ride down a fun flow and roller enhanced trail we stopped for a photo opportunity and I asked him what he thought about the bike and he looked a little sad and said, “It doesn’t jump as well as my other bike.” My face scrunched up and I said, “Why not? What’s wrong?” I was thinking how in the heck can this bike that costs three times what his old bike cost not be better?