I have been dreaming of getting a mountain bike made in this decade for some time. My Cannondale Jekyll that I bought used from the first owner way back in the mid 1990s really showed it’s age when I went to the IMBA Southeast Mountain Bike Summit in Brayson City North Carolina. I got to see first hand how MTB technology had changed. I intentionally have kept my eyes off of new MTB technology because I know if I see it I will want it.
Well last week I got a call from Terry Palmeri, the Southeast Associate Regional Director of IMBA, and she told me that I had won the drawing for a Norco Torrent 7.2 bike, courtesy of Cartecay River Bicycle Shop and Norco Bicycles. Frankly I had never heard of this company or bike, but I was excited to get a new MTB. Once I checked out the bike online I thought that there must be some sort of mistake that I had won a bike that I had been dreaming of.
This bike is a bike that can do bike packing. The tires are 2.9 inches wide and run on 15-35 PSI. One of the features that is broken on my old Jekyll is the shock lockout. Having a manual shock lockout on a bike that is easy to use is wonderful, this bike has one.
I am sure to have many happy trail rides on this bike in the future. I am also finally really excited to attend the IMBA World summit this November in Bentonville AK with a bike that I can really test the trails with.