Since having the Garmin on my bike paired with the watch I can keep my heart rate in check, ultimately getting me more miles on rides. Visually being able to see it spike is a great reminder to back off a touch and let it recover. Being a rider with climb anxiety, this has greatly helped put miles on every ride, so it is a valuable tool.
With the Stumpy being the first bike I have had with internal storage, I was stoked to get it loaded with essentials. I still use a Evoc water pack, but getting more weight off my back and onto the bike has been a big win, I do not need to think about packing essentials for both big days and afternoon laps. It has taken a few tries to get the items inside to not bang off the aluminum, but with some precisely placed folder paper towels I made it happen.
At the end of the day a bike is a bike, and it gets us out on the trails. What makes a bike special or unique is how you set it up for your skill level, terrain and preferences.
Since building this frame in August I have found a new love for trails I did not enjoy on the Range, without sacrificing what I could ride. Sure, it might not be as stable at higher speeds, but at the end of the day it is a trail bike (a burly over-built one), but it serves the daily driver purpose with room to stretch your skills when the trail asks for it.
• Adjustable Geo
• Build kit of course
• Swat storage
• Aluminum frame scratches easy
• Maybe should have gone with an S5 size
• Lack of LSC adjustment on the shock