This is a TREK 9000 from 1992. It is an important bike in that it is the first dip of a toe into the pool of full suspension by a company that would become one of the largest bike manufacturers in the world. However, important does not equal good. And as a former "proud" owner of a TREK SUSPENSION TRACK bike, I can tell you that it is not a good bike.
This is a 2004 Specialized FSR XC Pro. It's a direct descendant of the FSR XC of 1999, which was touted as the anti-freeride bike. Freeride was the name given to the heavy DH-ish bikes that were being made to ride down mountains. The FSR XCs though were also supposed to work well going up mountains.
Hard to believe that only five or so years of full suspension bikes in the marketplace, they needed a major correction, but, that's what we got.
This FSR really wasn't anything special, but I bought one three years ago for cheap, and it became I think anyway, an interesting story.
It's Friday night dammit - let's talk beer!
I've fallen so far behind now it's laughable. I do have a lot to talk about though. Specifically the Phillips Brewing Space Case.
In years past Phillips put out an advent calendar of beers called the Snowcase. 24 beers in a box, a lot that hadn't been made bu Phillips in years. They haven't made this in five years now I think, which is really unfortunate because it was a ton of fun.
Still no Snowcase this year, but instead, the Space Case - a dozen bomber bottles of new brews. I didn't set any kind of schedule for this, I just went ahead and opened them as I saw fit. And I'm just going to rate them on a "would I buy it again" yes-or-no basis.
Part one of the Space Case, and not a bad beer in the bunch. At least three real standouts too.
Important to note that the Space Case was a screaming good deal! With taxes it was roughly $5 a bottle. Which is why I bought a second case! HAHA!
Let's have another!
I'm 80. I wrench more than I ride and I like it that way.