As a product reviewer for the Crooked Cog Network, I am providing my unbiased opinion of any products provided to us by any company. I do not posses any type of relationship with the product’s company or parent companies. I am not compensated in any way by companies that send in their goods to be reviewed.
I am 5?7?, 160 lbs. I ride a Giant TCR for road, a Specialized FSR XC M4 S-Works for MTB, a Kona Smoke, Ibex Corrida and a Redline Monocog for my commute. I am avid cyclist that enjoys all sort of riding. I am also a bike commuter traveling 21 miles round trip.
The mean streets of L.A. and the San Gabriel River Trail.
Overview: My main concern about commuting with an MTB was the weight and the rolling resistance that knobby tires cause. I thought I was going take significantly longer to get to my destination by riding the 505, it was not the case. As I started to roll along, I remembered about the lockout on the fork of the 505. If you remembered my first impression of the 505, I wasn’t too impressed with the fork. Well, this fork was perfect for my commute. It really smoothed out the rough sections and while locked up, I was able to stand up and sprint with minimal bob. I was able to average about 15-16 mph on my way to work. Not bad considering that I average 18-19mph on my commuter bikes.
The good: Comfortable ride. The big tires and the front shock really absorbed all the bumps and cracks of my commute. The bike was very agile and I also didn’t have to worry about running over branches or big bumps.
The bad: Those stickers have to go.
The ugly: Did I mention that the stickers have to go?
Summary: I had a great time commuting on this bike. The fact that you can go Mountain biking one day, slap on a rear rack the next day and head to work makes this bike a good purchase if you want a ‘do it all’ type of bike.
For more information about this bike go to www.woodstockbikes.com