Meet the Frankenbike. Well, technically it’s Frankenbike 2. My old GT (now designated Frankenbike 1) has seen better days. Most of the parts on it were already trades or donated from guys at the shop and some of the regulars that have gotten to know me. After blowing up the second shock on that frame, I decided to swap everything over to a hardtail. One of the guys at work gave me a ’05 Trek 4300 frame to build up, but I wasn’t too happy with the condition of the paint on it. A few sanding blocks and one can of matte black spray paint later, Frankenbike 2 emerged. Changing only the frame and the wheelset from my GT, the new iteration of the Frankenbike dropped about seven pounds…mostly from the frame. Feel free to ask if you have any questions about the components.
After the first ride around my local trails, it because obvious that the FS frame was allowing me to cheat my way through some sections without a very good set of bike handling skills. It accelerates a ton faster than the GT, but I feel like I’m slowed down by any obstacle over 2 inches tall. I clear my front wheel just fine but don’t get the back wheel up and over as well as I previously thought I was the the GT. Someone suggested running flat pedals would work on my technique. So that idea, coupled with the new pump track at Big Creek has me running the bike in skate shoes, something I thought I’d never do. Anyone else have any suggestions?