James comin' in hot on the Sand Dunes Trail, S-Mountain, Salida, Colorado.
The 140mm travel, Sight 7.1 trail bike from Norco showed up at our Gunnison office at the end of January—Just in time for a record winter storm to hit the area leaving over seven feet of powder in Crested Butte in just ten days. Productivity in the office dropped to an all time low that week and much powder was harvested. After that week, snow covered every inch of shreddable dirt from Fruita to Salida (our normal winter escape routes).
Thankfully, Salida, in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley (dubbed the banana belt) is a winter anomaly. Thirty minutes away, at the top of Manarch Pass, over 270 inches of snow has fallen this winter to date. But Salida’s S-Mountain trail system, located just NE of town, can dry out faster than sales on 26-inch tires after Interbike 2013. That is to say, not immediately but once the storm passes and the mountains see direct sunlight, the snow disappears in a few weeks.
With the Sight gathering dust in the shop window, I followed Salida’s trail conditions like a hawk all through February and last Wednesday I finally had time and the conditions were ripe to head over the pass for a legitimate session on this eye catching rig. Temps were forecast to be in the fifties and the sky was blue.
In Salida, I hooked up with friends old and new from Absolute Bikes and we wasted no time in hitting the trail.
Read the full review at mountainflyermagazine.com