Posted by CANbike on Wed, 28 May 2014

GORBA Demo Day (05/25/14)

This past Sunday was the GORBA Demo Day. With bright sunny weather and many demo bikes to try it was a blast. My favorite part was testing the True North custom fat bikes on the stunts!

Event: GORBA Demo Day
Date: May 25, 2014
Location: Riverside Park, 74 Speedvale Ave E., Guelph

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Weather was fantastic upon arrival at the event. Blue skies, bright sunlight, and warm temperatures.

Signage to direct people to the event

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Booths being setup

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Stunts were setup early

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Early patrons testing out the bikes

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Dude having fun on the mini teeter totter

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A wavy ramp

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9point8

9point8 had their Pulse system on display. It’s an incremental step system to adjust the seat post height on the fly.

Impressions were great as it was simple and easy to use. While seated, pull the handlebar lever to lower the seat in incremental steps. Feather the pull for smaller steps, or grip the lever for faster dropping of the seat. Unweight the seat and pull the same handlebar lever to raise the seat. It was really cool and fun to test out!

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Adjustable seat post height

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Small lever to lower or raise the seatpost in incremental steps

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Devinci

Ran out of time to demo their bikes. As usual they had their stylish green trailer.

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Fat Bikes

There were 3 fat bikes, and one 29×3” wheeled bike to check and test on the stunts. Personally, this was the best part of the show!

  • Specialized Fat Boy
  • True North custom frame with Surly Rolling Darryl 82mm rims and Big Fat Larry 4.7” tires
  • True North custom frame with Surly Clown Shoe 100mm rims and Big Fat Larry 4.7” tires
  • True North custom frame with Surly Rabbit Hole 29” 50mm rims and Knard 29×3” tires

The Clown Shoe 100mm rims and Big Fat Larry 4.7” tires were the most fun to ride on the stunts!

At the Specialized booth

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At the True North booth

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Test riding the True North with Rolling Darryl 82mm rims and Big Fat Larry 4.7” tires

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Test riding the True North with Clown Shoe 100mm rims and Big Fat Larry 4.7” tires

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Test riding the True North with Rabbit Hole 29 rim and Knard 29×3” tire

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Clown Shoe rim and Big Fat Larry 4.7” tire next to a Rabbit Hole 29 rim and Knard 29×3” tire

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Giant

Giant had the most stylish booth with their consistent blue color everywhere. As a result, it was the most attractive looking booth.

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KHS

Backpeddling brought out a fleet of KHS bikes. Most of them featured 650B/27.5” wheels which were fun to ride. It rolled better than a 26” tire, but still managed tight turns and switchbacks with ease. As they say, it rolls like a 29er without the penalty.

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Really cool beveled decals that has not pealed

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Marin Bike

Royal Distributing was out with their fleet of Marin Bikes. Highlight of their booth was the lone road bike. It was super light and attention grabbing. Some people tried to lift it and it would jump out the stand and their hands! Kudos to them for a smart marketing move. They knew this was a mountain biking event, and brought their fleet of mountain bikes. However, their best road bike took center stage to generate discussion and interest.

The Marin Bike staff

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The star of Marin’s mountain bike fleet

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The lone but attention grabbing road bike

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Specialized

Paramount Skis Bikes Boards brought out a fleet of Specialized bike. The Fatboy instantly caught my attention as it hung on the bike rack!

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True North

True North brought out their fleet of custom bike frames. Obviously, my favorite part was the two fat bikes and the 29×3” wheels. It was the first time I could directly compare and test ride three setups on some stunts.

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The Jack Rabbit Express Beverage Courier!

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This orange bike was screaming to be ridden

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Guelph Lake Test Ride

Went on a spin with a Demo bike to check out Guelph Lake

Victoria Road was closed on both sides.

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Most trails were looking dry

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The worst and notoriously muddy sections were damp and packed.

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At the Pine Tunnels

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The other side of Victoria Road was also closed and blocked by heavy machinery

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