On the day after Christmas we woke up to 6 to 8 inches of snow in NC. That might not be that unusual for the mountains, but this far east it is quite a treat. I wanted to ride two possible replacement frames for my commuter. I had switched to a Bianchi Osprey but it is a little too small, has the cables routed on top of the top tube, and the rims are much narrower than my old Rock Hopper. The two bikes to test a Hard Rock and a Trek Mountain Trail. All of these are fully rigid cromoly steel frames.
So I thought the snow would be a good test of the handling. The better fit and handling are what I am judging them by. I am replacing the handlebar, grips, brakes, shifters, levers and tires using the ones I now have on the Osprey.
I rode the Trek first and it handled very well. The Rock Hopper was a better fit that the Osprey but the Trek was the winner. I have now moved all the parts to the Trek. Today was an ice day and I didn’t ride to work because I didn’t go to work. I am hoping it will be clear enough to ride tomorrow.