My ride today took a slightly different twist on this, but the idea is similar. It started off much like any other day that I ride to work, except that I wasnâ€™t riding my normal commuter bike, a Surly Cross-Check. I was on a full suspension Foes Racing 2:1 XCT-4. Most people would think that riding on mostly roads for a 13 mile one-way commute on a full suspension mountain bike with some pretty aggressive knobby tires is just plain stupid. It was actually one of the most fun days Iâ€™ve had commuting to work.
I ride from downtown Pittsburgh out into the suburbs to Dirt Rag HQ, and on the way pass by lots of stairways, curbs, walls and other obstacles that I usually try to avoid on my regular commuter bike. Today was different. I hopped ramped curbs, flew down stairways and basically launched off of just about anything I could find. It was so much fun I almost didnâ€™t make it to the office.
To be sure, it wasnâ€™t my fastest commute and I wouldn’t want to ride a full suspension bike every day. But riding a different bike made a great new adventure out of a ride Iâ€™ve made literally hundreds of times. I’m looking forward to doing it again.
Look for more on the Foes 2:1 XCT-4 test in an upcoming issue of Dirt Rag.