Hardcore Bikes hosted two Demo Days this year. Tuesday June 12th Marin Bikes came with their demo fleet to the Fat Tire Race at Sunridge Ski Hill. They managed to get a few demos in before a storm of biblical proportions swept in an soaked us all to the bone. Needless to say the race was cancelled. Thanks to Brad for coming out with the Demo fleet. Hopefully next year it will be better weather.
On June 20th Ibis is set up at the Shop with their demo bikes and the weather was much better. Lots of people got to try out the amazing Mojo SL-R, Tranny and HD bikes. Afterwards we went out on our "Solstice Ride" which was a 4 hour epic to Sunridge. Luckily we had lights and made it to the pub just before close for wings and beer. Thanks to Kirk from Ibis for making the trek up here from California and coming on the ride with us.
These have been hard to get but we just received the first Trek Madone 5.9 with the new Ultregra Di2 electronic shifting. This stuff is so nice and works so well that I'm not sure why you'd want the Dura Ace version. Box stock it is 15.78 lbs w/o pedals. This one is a 54cm and it costs $5099.99. Come by to check it out. I know what you're thinking; I don't need electronic shifting, it's a gimmick, what if the battery dies? One ride and you will be a convert. No more having to trim your front derailleur when you shift at the back. The shifting is extremely fast and precise and the battery life is extremely good (1600km between charges on average). Plus as the battery drains, the system gives you several levels of warning well before it's even close to dead. That way if the battery dies it's not the system, it's you not paying attention. Undoubtedly electronic shifting is the future, expect to see it on mountain bikes soon.
Trek's New Slash 9 is so named because it is for XC slash DH riding--get it? This is one of the new generation of long-travel trail bikes that can be ridden up the mountain and then descend like a freeride or DH bike. The 9 is the top end of Trek's 3-bike Slash series and sells for $5799. The Slash 8 is $4749 and the Slash 7 is $3699. The Slash 9 seen here has a full SRAM XO drivetrain, a Fox 36 TALAS Kashima fork, a Kashima DRCV Fox RP-3 and a really cool internally-routed Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. Come see it before it's gone. Want to get sponsored by Redbull or just pretend you are? This is the bike for you.
Click Here to see Trek's Slash Bikes on their website.