Last week I tackled the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. Not having had a mountain bike for the past 4 months, I was a bit worried. My only experience on trails had been ripping fire roads on my cross bike for quite a while. Thankfully, the GeekHouse fit methodology put me in the right place on the bike and as always, picking up the bike by hand showed a kind of perfect fore and aft balance that no off the shelf frame has ever held.
I was literally able to, never having even sat on the bike before, rip off lap after lap consistantly without any wrecks. The bike communicated the traction limit audibly and was easy to ride right on the ragged edge without any evidence of some of the snap oversteer or tendency to highside that a long legged guy like me tends to experience on traditional 29er frames (and I’ve ridden just about everything from the big names).
One thing I was told about the custom frame was that they are remarkably unremarkable. If done right, they do what you ask without complaint. Marty’s work is absolutely no exception to this, and his unique sense of style in his builds creates an attractive package.