Speed Dating Future Rides at the Phil Bike Demo in Filinvest Alabang.
Bike enthusiasts Arnel and Edmund organized the Phil Bike Expo so that distributors and bike brands can market their latest hardware to the cycling community. It is a win win situation because the riders would really want to try out the latest mountain and road bikes plus get to feel the ride of the most high tech components in the market today. Just put the brands and the riders together in this festival and we have a fun and worthwhile event.
Filinvest Alabang is just right for the Bike Demo Day because it is spacious plus it has ample parking space. There is one whole stretch of road which you can test the road bikes, plus there is a dirt track to abuse the mountain bikes available.
It was a rider’s dream to try out the bikes that they only drooled about in the pictures and shops. To actually see all these awesome bicycles in one area is a fantasy already, moreover to actually ride and pedal them on dirt and road, ahhh pure ecstasy.
My Phil Bike Demo day companions this year were Eric, Art and Jetri. We arrived relatively early and we parked with ease in the make shift parking lot. We registered and got our goodies from the organizers and we were off…
It was always a challenge to choose the first bike to ride. But when I saw the Banshee Rune live, I knew I had to try it.
IMPRESSION on BANSHEE RUNE:
This Rune was spec’ed right and no corners were cut. The excellent suspension, drivetrain and wheelset made my first ride a memorable one. The KS link dual link suspension brings 160mm of plush travel. You want a nice ride that won’t break the safe? The Rune is IT.
VERDICT on BANSHEE RUNE:
If you are into Enduro MTB riding, appreciate lots of descents but still want to climb that wall up the mountain, the Banshee Rune can be a suitable partner. It is important that you put in the correct components when building the bike. The local distributor would sell you the frame only.
BANSHEE RUNE: “It is worthy of a long term relationship.”
The next bike I rode was another bike I have an infatuation on: the Foes 275.
A lot has been said about the 275: the Progressive Linkage system of their rear suspension explains the bike’s plush ride. The shock mount is adjustable so you can have 5.5 inches or 6 inches of travel.
IMPRESSION on FOES 275:
I love how the Foes morphed from a big hit freeride MTB into a friendlier all around bicycle. This is your weapon for the outdoors.
VERDICT on FOES 275
You’d want to take her home and meet your momma. You can bike through anything and still make it. This bike is not for the faint of heart. It’s lineage is gnarly and you have to match its prowess as well. You gotta have the best components slapped on this frame because Brent Foes won’t like it if you got your bike all geeky.
FOES 275: “Riding this baby is like dating a pornstar.”
Valleybikes has been long waiting for the BOX drivetrain. It is in the internet yet nobody still holds the distribution. Finally, a local bike shop has claimed dealership with BOX components so it will be available locally. I asked the guys how they liked the performance of the BOX and they say its OK. I got to try their drive train and their single lever mechanism is quite amusing to play around with. You can push the lever two ways.
IMPRESSION on BOX COMPONENTS: They slapped the rear derailleur and shifter on a fat bike and tested it on the track. The crispness of XT Shimano and the responsiveness of SRAM XX1, I can say whatever, but you have to experience it yourself.
VERDICT on BOX COMPONENTS: If you want to be different. If you do not want the norm. If you are a non conformist. The Box drive train is the shifter for you. Find the BOX in Bike One, 73 Rose Building, West Avenue, Quezon City.
Box: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
I rode a Specialized Stumpy and I am a believer. Years of research and development proved only correct that they have made the biking experience into something bliss. Road or mountain, they have perfected the bicycle as a machine to make (non-motorized) traveling easier.
IMPRESSION ON THE SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER: It is expensive. It is high end. It is top of the line. No need to change anything. (well, you can make the cockpit different, or maybe change the tires…) The Stumpy is a straight from the box, ride in the mountain kinda bike.
They have updated their colorway and all the decal design, but at the end of the day, it is still the heritage of Specialized/ S-works between your legs. The joy and bliss of cycling brings a smile to your face. The top tube is sexy and curvy, if you are into that kinda thing.
VERDICT ON THE SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER: Yes.
I rode a 275 plus bike. The light frame and correct geometry make the bicycle very easy to manage. It is stable, it can go uphill efficiently and it rides downhill with such confidence. Again, I say, “Yes.”
Specilized Stumpy: “Prom Queen, Ballerina, Swimmer, Honor Student all rolled into one.”
I tried the VIPER full suspension XC bike. It was loaded with full XTR race components. It seemed frail and light. I tried to abuse it but the trail condition in Filinvest was not the proper venue for the abuse test. Maybe I can borrow the bike for a longer period and try it out in the mountain. Then I can give a proper review.
Another bike that caught my fancy is the GIANT Full E. It is an electric bike which you should charge (5 hours) to help you in those trying times of pedaling up in the mountain. It has a computer box and you dictate whether the help you want is little (ECO), medium (NORMAL) or lots of help (SPORT).
You still pedal and get that cardio activity, plus you get the nature scenery. But now you get a little help from Yamaha x94, plus you have to bring along your 36V Lithium-Ion 400Wh battery (which is not light at all).
IMPRESSION on the GAINT full E: What are thooooooose?!?!?
VERDICT on the GIANT full E: I’d love to have it now. It is a glimpse of the future. Presently, it is high tech, but it will soon be the old school of the future. This is the basis of soon-to-be-designs of the eco transports of the future. It is like having the first geared bicycle when everybody was running single speed.
It is fun to ride but she’s a heavyweight!
GIANT full E: “She’s too techy for me.”
We rode a lot of bikes. They were all fun. If you want an electric bike, try considering the Vintage Electric. It is fast and it really looks cool.
Here are some of the bikes and photographs from the Phil Bike Demo day 2016.
Yes, it was speed dating for the bikes. But isn’t speed dating helpful? You get to meet them and experience them… then you follow up. It really is up to you who you pursue after. You came, you saw and you choose. Kudos to the sponsors and organizers for making this possible.
Till the next one, ciao!