Pisgah and the Spearfish
I am currently down in Brevard NC putting the new Salsa Spearfish through its paces. This is an amazing place to ride, photograph and enjoy good local brews. I feel like I have just found a hidden gem on the east coast. With miles and miles of forest roads and single track it is definitely a mountain bike playground unlike anything else I have found on the East Coast.
The Hub, located right at the mouth of the Pisgah on the Davidson River, is an absolutely fantastic base camp. The shop staff is super friendly, willing to help with digesting the unfathomable amount of riding options. The shop is fully staffed with bikes and all the kit you could need as well as a cleaning station outside. Inside they have a little pub setup where you can grab a nice draft brew from one of the local breweries. I have made it a practice of stopping post ride and enjoying a nice cold Pisgah Pale Ale.
The Fish, well what can I say, truly a home run by Salsa. This is one of the nicest and most fun bikes I have ever ridden. It climbs like a billy goat and flies down the single track in effortless fasion. I am super stoked to be taking this bike to Arizona for the Coconino Loop in a couple of weeks. There is no doubt that it will make for a fantastic bikepacking experience. Loads of travel when necessary and yet rigid enough to make the flats an efficient and comfortable experience. More on that trip in a week or so.
I will update my Photo Essays site with a full story but for now, here are a few teaser images from my first week.