i got on the top fuel today on the always-brutal greensfelder trails. since i didn't do the race last weekend, i felt obligated to get out there. and, i was curious about the trail conditions.
i jumped onto the dogwood first, down the greenrock, and crossed allenton road to do the old declue race course. it was dry as a bone, and lots of loose gravel greeted me everywhere. as usual, the trails served up more than a little white-knuckle action. the kaiser and i have a saying about greensfelder. any ride at greensfelder without incident is a great ride, because sooner or later it's going to bite you on the ass. you may get 2, 3, 4 trips out there and not have a scratch on you. but greensfelder always wins.
i avoided the inevitable today. no falls. but i did bang pedals a few times. i'm super psyched about the top fuel's climbing prowess. it flat out hauls uphill! great grip, fantastic out-of-the-saddle pedaling, and pretty comfy. great choice as a race bike. i lament the loss of the bmc because it was so comfy and confident. it never was a xc race bike, but it could go fast and do it with more poise than any other bike i've ever had. but i figured if i was going to be racing, i need a racebike, not a fast trail bike. the top fuel does fufill that role in spades.