They’ve called it “the Great Canadian Gong Show”, and well, it is just that. A very cool idea though. The fellows at Bike Magazine have set out to test some 100 different enduro, freeride, XC and cruiser bikes in the wilds of Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton, British Columbia–during the heinous fall season no less! Whilst on a fall cycling tour myself, I managed to squeeze in for a couple of Squamish shuttles to see what I could see…
There’s some method to this madness, and one couldn’t help but be fairly impressed by the process. A team of six test riders would pass bikes back and forth, refraining from verbal comments, riding the same trail numerous times in one day, and required to fill out a detailed form at the end of each ride. At the end of the month long test, all the forms would be compiled, hopefully revealing consistent performance bonuses and shortcomings across a ton of different bikes.
I jumped in for a beautiful sunny day on the wicked downhill tracks of Squamish. While on my 2009 Stinky Deluxe I tried not to influence any of the riders trying to keep up with me on the Stinky D 2010 model, what we’re affectionally calling, the “Hammerschmidt.” A number of Kona bikes were included in the test, including the new Cadabra and the Humu, what was already being touted by the Bike testers as, “the ultimate bar bike.”
Look for the test results to come out in a future issue of Bike Magazine. To read up on their blog reports, go here.