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Test riding the new Wac Corporal mountain bike

August 28, 2009

Now that the bike show is over, we can ride that 29er. Front Range Fred and I wanted to see if we could beat it up on the Apex trail in Golden. Apex is known for the Enchanted forest, which is a pretty technical single track dowhill section in the shade of the Ponderosas. The light filters in through the canopy giving it the perfect lighting for riding. It’s easy to see the features and choose your line down the drops.

I was really amazed at how well the Wac Corporal handled the technical decsents. It really absorbed a lot of the shock from the trail so I could focus on controlling the bike. I felt that I could go a lot faster than on aluminum and steel hardtails that I have ridden. I felt none of the chattering that I’m used to from hardtail mountain bikes.

Front Range Fred testing out the absorbing qualities of the Wac Corporal on Apex trail

Front Range Fred testing out the absorbing qualities of the Wac Corporal on Apex trail

I have to say, I never thought I would like a hardtail after switching to full suspension. This bike changes my mind. It was really fun to ride even on rocky sections. It climbs really well, it’s stiff and snappy, really responsive, and light. This one features a Gates Carbon Drive system, which is also really cool. Not only is the carbon drive lightweight, it seems to provide really good power transfer. It is very smooth and silent to pedal.

Gates Carbon drive system is an option for a Wac Corporal Mountain bike

Gates Carbon drive system is an option for a Wac Corporal Mountain bike

Paketa offers the Wac Corporal as a fully custom mountain bike. Geometry is custom, you can choose between 26″, 650b, and 29″ wheels, custom drivetrain, and custom paint. The bike can be set up for standard derailleurs, single speed with belt drive, and Rohloff hub with belt drive. The one we are testing is a 29er single speed with belt drive and a 4 color custom paint job. We found the bike to be really maneuverable for a 29er. And it’s nice having the big wheels when you don’t have rear suspension anymore.

The Wac Coporal 29er is really maneauverable compared to other 29ers

The Wac Coporal 29er on a tight corner with a stream crossing

I asked Fred what he thought about the bike after riding it for a bit. He said, “It’s what I always hoped a hardtail would feel like, except they never did until this one.” Fred is a pretty avid all-mountain rider, and normally rides a Specialized Enduro. He also has a steel hardtail single speed, and he said that the magnesium felt so much more comfortable than his steel bike. We were both really surprised at how much the frame could absorb.

The Wac Corporal does great on technical descents

The Wac Corporal on a technical descent

Overall we both really liked the bike. I can’t wait to try it with a Rohloff Hub.

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A short technical climb

Front Range Fred bombing some single track

Front Range Fred bombing some single track

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Paketa at the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show

August 24, 2009

The 2009 Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show was a great event this year. It was held at the National Western Complex in Denver in the same building as Veloswap. There were lots of vendors and people, and FREE BEER! There were several microbreweries offering free samples.

Paketa was showcasing the 2010 lineup. In the front of the stage was the fully customizable Wac Corporal mountain bike. This one was built with 29″ wheels and is currently set up as a singlespeed with the Gates Carbon Belt Drive. It’s a fast smooth bike to ride.

The new Wac Corporal 29er SS with belt drive

The new Wac Corporal 29er SS with belt drive

We were also Showcasing the 2010 V2 Tandem with Gates timing belt. The one we had at the show only weighed 22 lbs for a complete tandem bike. The V2 is an incredibly light, stiff, fast, and responsive tandem.

Paketa V2 Tandem with Gates timing belt

Paketa V2 Tandem with Gates timing belt

We also presented the newest versions of the Rocket and the Scud. This year’s models feature our new sweeping stay design. The rocket is our superlight racing bike and the scud is for longer distance races and rides.

Paketa Scud All-road bike

Paketa Scud All-road bike

We also showed off our women’s specific bike, the Venus. This is the lightest bike in our lineup. A fully custom super light road bike made just for women. This bike was bought as a surprise for a wife who had survived breast cancer. It was outfitted with a pink chris king headset and a custom engraved pink spacer. When Rebecca was admiring the bike at the show, she went in for a close look at the engraving and boy was she surprised to see that that beautiful bike was hers!

Paketa Venus women's specific road racing bike

Paketa Venus women's specific road racing bike

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the RMBS.

JP Burow, owner and master framebuilder

JP Burow, owner and master framebuilder

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