I’ve neglected to document my new mountain bike.
It’s been 7 years since I got the Enduro. Mountain bike technology has advanced in leaps and bounds, and I decided it was time to upgrade. I also used this as a chance to simplify. I wanted a single mountain bike, one I could ride anywhere in the Bay Area. One bike to rule them all.
I spent months researching various options. I placed an order in January. It arrived in February. We assembled it in March. I’ve been riding it ever since.
I had intended to write about it after a few rides so I could document its differences from the Mojo and Enduro. But really what’s been happening is I’ve been collecting notes as I adjust the suspension every ride, and now I’m so many rides in that my new bike feels like an extension of my body like the Mojo did, and I can no longer do a fair comparison.
So… meet the 2019 YT Jeffsy 29 CF Pro Race, henceforth referred to as simply “the Jeffsy”.
It’s a big honking bike with big honking handlebars. It forces me to really get over the bars and lean the bike in corners. I feel so pro riding this thing!
This is also a wheel size upgrade for me. I first rode a 29er eight years ago, in Austin. The big wheels made me feel so confident I rode up a set of stairs on a whim. Interestingly, I don’t feel the same way this time around. I’ve actually had to relearn technical climbing. (But that could also be due to rust and a lack of bike fitness.)
Given all this bike, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to wheelie it. After playing around with it last weekend, I’m feeling pretty good about being able to pick up my wheelie practice on this rig.
I’ve even learned a new skill on it: stoppies!
Welcome to the family, Jeffsy.