Monthly Archives: April 2013

Trek Wahoo 29er Review

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This is a review of the 2012 model

In 2011, the Wahoo was only available in 26 inch wheel size. The 2012 model year saw the bike move to the “Gary Fisher” collection within the Trek lineup. In other words, the Gary Fisher name moved one step closer to the likes of Lemond and Klein. Starting in 2012, the bike moved to big wheel format exclusively, and sat at the bottom of the Trek 29 inch wheel lineup.

My prior bike was an old Trek 6000 I bought via eBay. I would likely have continued to ride the 6000, but the frame was one or two sizes too small. When I looked into a new frame, the price jump to a complete new bike wasn’t that large. In fact, the price jump to a new entry level 29er wasn’t that big either.

I began to look at entry level 29ers. Although I am used to mid level grade equipment on the road, I figured I would settle for low grade stuff on the trail because I don’t spend that much time on the dirt. Not that I would rather ride the road over dirt, but that’s another story. For some reason, I have an aversion to Specialized. It came down to the Trek vs. Felt. I was in a local shop with another bike for service, and they blew me away with their customer service. They had a nice looking Wahoo on the floor in my size, so
I decided to take her home.

frame
The frame looks like a more expensive frame. The paint and decals are top notch and the frame looks burley.

wheels/tires
I love the tires. The tread is circular and not knobby. I think this helps to not only shed mud, but also grip roots and slippery rocks.

The wheels are single wall. If that makes them weak, I wouldn’t know it, as they are still true even with my 230 pound body and 30 or so miles off road.

shock
The weakness of every lower level mountain bike is the front shock. No different here. The Suntour shock has no lockout and isn’t the stiffest under hard braking. But what else would you expect?

components
Full Shimano, low level pieces. Again, what do you expect. However, the stuff works just fine if you aren’t mountain biking every weekend.

One disappointment was that the crank is so cheap, it’s pressed and riveted instead of bolted. I was hoping to convert the bike to 1x, but this would have required a new crank.

brakes
Mechanical discs…tough to stop from squeaking. ‘Nuff said.

overall
Overall, I would actually recommend this bike to an infrequent user such as myself. I can’t say enough about the ability of the 29 inch wheels to roll over obstacles. Lines aren’t as critical downhill, and little downed trees and rocks don’t slow forward progress when the hills point up. Get a used set of wheels to proactively replace the single wall stock rims, throw on a new saddle and lock on grips, and you have a decent machine.

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buy it if:

  • you want to dip your toes in the 29er water
  • you aren’t a component snob
  • you don’t have a trust fund
  • don’t buy it if:

  • you like to discuss if Shimano is better than SRAM based on weight of rear derailleur and crispness of shifting.
  • you don’t eat at McDonalds
  • you ride tons of miles and expect components to last
  • you are going to ride on the street–buy a hybrid!
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    DIESEL FUEL RECIPE: Baked Oatmeal

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    Lance, if you are reading this, you can stop now. Baked oatmeal is not some code word used to describe a pharmaceutical concoction that is injected intravenously. Rather, it is a delicious recipe that can be used as a pre-workout meal, post-workout meal, or delicious snack or dessert. Like shrimp and grits, the baked oatmeal is greater than the sum of it’s parts, and also has a surprising and unique texture. Ground zero for baked oatmeal is the Lancaster, PA area as it’s a popular Pennsylvania Dutch recipe.

    Nutritionally, baked oatmeal offers a good mix of complex carbs, simple carbs, and some protein. By adding fruits and nuts to the mix, you can add additional vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats, etc. For the base recipe, you can also substitute apple sauce for butter, cut down on the brown sugar, or substitute xylitol or splenda. Below is the basic recipe followed by some ideas for variations.

    Recipe

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    3 cups instant oats
    1/2 cup melted butter
    1 cup milk
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon salt
    1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
    Splash of vanilla extract

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    Combine all dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine all other ingredients (don’t forget to take the eggs out of their shell!). After wet and dry ingredients are combined separately, combine all the ingredients together. Place in a greased vessel, approximately 9×9 in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until it looks done. Your guess is as good as mine.

    Once baked, serve warm in a bowl, with some milk poured over (see picture below). Once eating is commenced, the cake-like structure will fall apart like a Schleck brothers’ season and will become a delicious porridge. The leftovers can be eaten for days, just remember to warm up the cake, before you pour on the milk.

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    Variations

      Cherry Garcia Baked Oatmeal: add cherries and dark chocolate chips. If you just ran a half marathon or greater, you have earned a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
      Mother-in-Law Baked Oatmeal: add chopped walnuts and sliced almonds for some excellent Omega 6 fatty acids and a truly nutty experience
      Orchard Baked Oatmeal: Add diced apples, pears, and peaches and you will almost be able to smell the Spring blossoms and pesticides on the trees
      Obama Baked Oatmeal: add nothing because you can’t afford it with higher taxes. In fact, with this variation, you must give half of the recipe output to the guy who was too lazy to make his own.

    Lance, I was just kidding. Call me, we will go for a ride.

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