I've always been a hardtail rider but a couple of days ago managed to snag a barely used 2006 Giant Reign 3 for £360.
Been out for a ride on it today and don't know what to make of it. 'Climbed like a goat' certainly doesn't apply. 'Climbed like a boat' maybe. Everytime I got out of the saddle it started bobbing about all over the place. The rear shock (Fox Float R) had pro pedal it didn't seem to be helping much.
Then when I got up to the top of the hill and picked up some speed it genuinely felt bored, like it wasn't at all challenged by anything I was doing. My route was pretty XC and every time I got a bit of a jump, it just seemed to do it for me, and every landing felt like a perfect landing.
The last section of descent was something I haven't ridden since the late 90's on my Kona Hahanna, but I remember picking my way down extremely slowly, having to think two steps ahead because it's just rock hell. This thing though, it just ploughed of over the top without batting an eyelid. What took about quarter of an hour last time was cleared in a few minutes.
Is this what fs riding is? I can't understand why somebody would buy one of these to ride the hills we have in England. It just made it too easy, sucked the fun out.
Obligatory top-of-hill shot
P.S. I'm moving to the Alps in a month, which is why I bought it.
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