A New Breed of Shore Hardtail

November 13, 2012

A New Breed of Shore Hardtail
Custom Chromag Surface 29er

Yes it’s 2012, and I bought a hardtail. Not just any hardtail, but a fairly tricked out one at that. SRAM XX Shifters, Fox 34 Float 29, yup those kinds of parts. Why, when I could have a carbon, dual-suspension bike, with about 7 levers on the handlebar “command center” for various adjustments, would I choose to buy a hardtail to ride the North Shore?

Long travel 29ers are becoming the new standard for hardtails here on the Shore. Chromag’s DeKerf-built Surface is the cream of the local crop.

I started mountain biking in 1998, on guess what – a hardtail. It was a Prestige Chromoly Norco Nitro and Ladies Only was the first trail I rode on the Shore. Since then I’ve had other hardtails building up to my first dual-susser (I love that term), and a few of those to follow. My riding has changed from mostly DH and Freeride trails to road, XC, AM, DH, and commuting. For the longest time after getting onto my first dual-suspension bike, I never found myself feeling more confident or able than on my hardtail. Hardtails to me were always solid and predictable.

Chromag Fubar matching the Kashima gold all too well, and a Stans Arch EX wheelset with Specialized tires.

After the last couple years riding XC on 5 and 5 bikes I found that when a model may change promising lighter, stiffer, better, that that didn’t necessarily ring true for me. I decided at once! Maybe it took more time than that… I wanted to go back to my “roots” and ride a hardtail again.

Gettin’ some of that.

For me there were two fairly easy decisions. One, I would buy a Chromag. I have lusted after their steel stallions from years, but always thought it would be one more bike that I just couldn’t manage to add to the quiver. But this changed. What better hardtail to buy than one made and designed locally, by a rad collective of core shredders that only build hardtail frames. They know their recipe well!

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Posted by Chris B