In January of '16 I signed up for my first Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, a couple months later Travis showed me the most beautiful carbon Salsa Spearfish frame I had ever seen. What can I say? It had the most perfect shade of pink for accents. An hour later he surprised me with an announcement that he bought it for me- because it would be the perfect full suspension race bike and I didn't have one of those yet and for Chequamegon it would be a far better choice than the Lush.Gaston aka BEASTFACE is one of the most perfect bikes I feel I have ridden and has ultimately replaced Trixie the Trek Carbon Lush as my full suspension bike.
The Spearfish is so quick and responsive and eats up any root or rock. I feel like a badass on this bike and love that men have complemented how rad he is. Gaston has taken me across the finish line at several races, but we're taking him off the startgate due to Decorah Bicycles no longer being a dealer of Salsa bikes. Because the fit and feel of this bike has been so perfect, we aren't going to rush to sell him, but it may come to a time where we do. It will be a teary goodbye, for sure. This bike has been a huge confidence-booster for me and I have looked at this bike being my trusty steed.
Twilight Sparkle. For Sale.
She's definitely a looker! Her frame has purple sparkles that you can see best in the sunlight.
Erza (named after a character in an anime show called Fairy Tail) is light, nimble, and quick. She's the complete opposite of Bruno who was built to be my "monster truck." I have loved riding this bike, but times are a'changin' and for gravel grinding I wanted to move to a bike frame that allowed me to carry a water bottle. My hope is that this bike finds a home with a women or young lady looking to get into mountain biking. (For Sale- Held.)
Jack otherwise known as Captin' Jack is the second bike that I purchased from Decorah Bicycles. He's had some upgrades and I utilized him on the paved trail many times. I bought this bike about two months after the purchase of Sir Richard. He's pretty fast, I like his colors, and he's never let me down. Jack currently is on the stationary trainer to provide me spin time when weather isn't ideal for any other type of riding.
This was my first mountain bike and he gave me some valuable lessons and experiences and it got my foot in the door to off-road riding. Since Bruno I discovered preferences, so as it stands this bike is kept for sentimental value vs. off-road shredding. He is the inspiration behind the 650B+ Salsa Beargrease. It will be a plus size tire option with better standover for me, because I will admit, 29+ was a lot of bike for me at a whopping 5'2"
The Biff" but is of similar style. This bike will be seeing daylight a bit more in 2017.