There is a new weapon out in Pisgah: Zach now is the proud owner of a full suspension Salsa Spearfish. This thing looks seriously fast and dangerous however a more discerning rider would be wise to go with something a little more flashy and expensive. Something like a Santa Cruz or a Niner or a Carbon Fiber Something would have to be faster but this bike looks like a good first step for Zach.
So, we met at Fisherman's last night after work to break it in. After swapping out the stock rear shock in the parking lot for a new one from SEX (smart move, suspension is not to be taken lightly) using my carpentry tools we headed up 5000 for a loop that would put some of Pisgah's most technical single track in front of the spearfish. Our route was:
5000 > Spencer Gap > Spencer Branch > Never Ending Rd. > Flecther Creek > 142 > Lower Trace Ridge > Fisherman's
I was able to drop Zach repeatedly both up Spencer and down Spencer but that is only because he didn't have the right tires on. I got a new fork and it was amazing how good it felt coming down the very steep and technical Spencer Branch as well as lower trace!