So – took the Urban Dirt Bomber out on her first proper ride. About 7km of tarmac to the BMX & Dirt Jump tracks on the other side of Villeneuve. It turns out the only wet & muddy mountain bike trails in Serre Chevalier are on the BMX track and the dirt jumps!
I was a bit worried that the treads on the Schwalbe Table Top tyres would get clogged up with this muck but they shed the sh1t remarkably well. The bike was awesome on the BMX/pump track but as it’s a Four Cross (4X) frame this wasn’t really a surprise. I’m no dirt jumper that’s for sure but I had go, hitting the small and medium sized jumps and again the bike felt light and poppy off the jumps but also stable on the landings..some grippier pedals might be in order though.
Rode the 7-8km of fast, flowy singletrack back through the woods and again the bike was great. The frame seems to soak up the bumps and bigger hits amazingly well (well better than my other hardtail). And the tyres are basically fine for the usually dry or at worst only damp trails ’round here. They provide plenty of grip for climbing too…which was obviously hard work and an out-of-the-seat affair given the 34t single ring configuration. In fact I wonder with a 2×9 set-up and some playing around with stem & handlebar combinations what this little bike couldn’t do.
All in all – it was about a 20km loop covering a load of different terrain and riding styles. With a more suitable fork – maybe a 120mm DJ fork I’d be tempted to hit some downhill trails with this next summer…think it could be fun 😉