Well, more of a ride report really.
After the recently helping THM with the 3 hour Overbury's build, he and I went to try out his new steed in my local woods. My choice of bike to accompany was the CATS. I had such a blast, I decided a repeat performance was needed ASAP. This afternoon I got the chance, starting out on road to the woods, I chose to go up the longest steepest rocky climb into the woods, which turned out to be a bit of a sweaty affair, but a lot easier than I thought, mainly because the CATS feels so light and steers so accurately and easily that I was able to zig zag around some of the worst rocks and bumps and just 'keep pedalling'.
Once in the woods I just hacked around looking for ever more rocky rooty technical singletrack to test myself on, and there is plenty of it. After that I tackled a couple more short sharp climbs and then decided to go down the long rocky climb I usually come up.
Now the last time I rode this in the bone dry on a fully rigid bike, I was on the Diabolo, and ended up going so fast and being shaken about so much, I could no longer see straight, which was an absolute hoot, but maybe not the safest way to ride. The CATS took the rocky path in its stride; true, my arms were pretty pumped by the time I got to the gravel path, but I was still fully in control and able to feather the brakes with ease (just as well, as the disc are bedding in).
The gravle path was mega fast and I really appreciate just how precisely the CATS steers and how sure footed it is; it just gives you total confidence.
Last it was the hilly slog home, most of which was into a thoroughly belligerent headwind.
I continue to be blown away by the performance of this bike, which makes it all the more tragic that more were not produced.
As I have said before, if you see a CATS WISKAS up for sale (or any DL for that matter) BUY IT!
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