Thursday, December 22, 2011

by Pat Moore 

Powder Skis in Connecticut!  

You don’t have to head for the Rockies to find a great selection of Powder Boards.  And you don't have to head west to find great terrain!  Powderhounds have found plenty of stashes at Eastern resorts like Jay, Magic, Mad River, and more!  These boards are versatile and can handle anything thrown at 'em. Check out this lineup at Suburban!         


 Armada JJ

Sidecountry's answer to the freeride rocker ski. Super light with the ability to hop from deep powder to groomed cruisers with ease.

Armada ARG

The forecast says “snow” and it’s not gonna stop. When the weather gets like this and the powder gets deeper and deeper, snow performs much less like a solid and more like a liquid. With our patented EST Powder Rocker, the ARG mixes the necessary requirements of a ski with the principals of hydrodynamics to produce a tool that performs better the deeper the snow gets. And to top it all off, we throw 1mm of side-cut underfoot to make it easier for your friends to get back to the lift, because you’ll probably only let them try it when the weather clears.
Atomic Access
Award-winning and ultra-agile: the Access is the perfect partner for backcountry terrain and the piste.

Thanks to a 100 mm waist width and Powder Rocker, the Access delivers a smooth ride and delivers optimum lift in powder snow, while the additional Power Rocker in the tip area ensures easy turns and maximizes lift. On rough terrain the Step Down 2L sidewall and tip-to-tail wood core absorb shocks and cushion landings. The camber below the binding also ensures optimum edge grip and makes the ski easy to handle on hard snow. The Access is designed for skiers who expect nothing less than total control on compact snow and who like to be well equipped for powder snow adventures.

Here's what Ski Magazine had to say:
The tip-rockered Access is the narrowest of Atomic's powder-specific skis. With 100 mm underfoot, it'll do fine as a one-ski-quiver on many Western mountains. It's a wood-core construction with Atomic's Step Down sidewalls. A shortened sidewall supports cap construction on top, so it has edge-bit but won't be overpowering, and the flex gets progressively suppler toward the tip and tail.

Black Diamond Amperage
Drawing inspiration from big-mountain powder lines, technical comp skiing and everything in between, the Black Diamond AMPerage is a hybrid fun shape that turns any terrain into a creative blank slate. Its deep sidecut, 115 mm waist, full tip and tail rocker and underfoot camber add up to a floaty ski that's as comfortable sending backcountry booters as it is smearing through windbuff or arcing on groomers. The everyday ski of choice for Black Diamond athlete Callum Pettit, the AMPerage is the closest thing you'll find to the mythical one-ski quiver.

•115 mm waist and underfoot camber for effortless transitions from powder to hardpack
• Full tip and tail Rocker for playful, creative, high-performance skiing
• Poplar and birch Internal Wall Core Technology plus an Ollie Bar in the tail for extra pop on take-offs and preventing wheelie-outs on landings
• Formula One Technology with three ribs and Torsion Box Construction for maximum torsional stiffness
• Optimal use: 60% soft snow / 40% hard snow

Dynastar Legend Pro Rider 115

Here's what Ski Magazine had to say:
Dynastar's Legend series has long been a favorite of hard-charging, big-mountain skiers. Every ski has a full wood core, dampening layers of Titanal, and sidewall-sandwich construction that contribute to a sturdy and damp ride, while a rockered tip improves deep snow performance and maneuverability. The Pro Rider 115 prefers powder snow and crud to hardpack, but the camber underfoot helps it navigate all conditions. It's designed for big, aggressive skiers.

K2 Obsethed

Here's what Ski Magazine has to say:
Every model in K2's massive ski collection features one of five variations of the rocker concept: All Terrain (moderate tip rocker plus camber), Speed (very mild tip rocker plus camber), Catch Free (mild tip-and-tail rocker plus camber), Jib (mild tip-and-tail rocker plus a flat midsection), and Powder (rockered forebody plus cambered rear). The ObSETHed is part of K2's Factory Team series, which consists of skis used by K2's pro team athletes. Narrower and stiffer underfoot than the Hellbent, Seth Morrison's pro model is built for charging fast, steep lines and sending big drops, but it retains plenty of width, at 117mm in the waist, to float deep snow. Powder rocker helps it plane high in deep snow and ups maneuverability. Holes in the tip and tail accommodate pre-cut climbing skins (sold separately). This version is sold flat

Kastle BMX108

A true powder ski, constructed for diverse and difficult terrain. The Double Hollowtech and rocker technology deliver enormous boost in powder.

Waist 108 mm: Outstanding handling in powder. The running surface gains about 64 % in comparison with a classic on-piste ski. The combination of reduced weight with a broader waist cut guarantee the optimum uplift in powder.

Ski geometry: The wider radius in the shovel of the DUAL RADIUS BIG MOUNTAIN delivers exceptional stability and forgiving running characteristics. The front radius exits the running track before the contact point, merging the shovel geometry in a straight line. The LOW CAMBER concept minimizes deep powder aggressiveness and provides a harmonious flex line in combination with EARLY RISE. The ski has been reduced to a minimum of 5 mm, enabling greater maneuverability. The EARLY RISE technology improves the uplift and enables a smoother handling under diverse snow conditions. The slight rise of the shovel in front of the traditional contact point enables better floating. For the BMX108 the EARLY RISE design starts at 360 mm. This indicates the length of the EARLY RISE zone, measured from the tip of the ski in the direction of the waist.

Wood core: The core of this ski has been constructed from poplar (0.4 kg/dm³) and beech (0.8 kg/dm³). This enables a very low weight of the ski. The core has been bonded with an adhesive block binder, in comparison with sheet binding, allowing further weight reduction through the reduction of binder components.

Features: Due to the fact that torsional rigidity may be reduced in deep powder snow, both sheets are made of fiberglass plastic (GRP). Additionally this ski is equipped with extremely impact resistant ABS sidewalls. A further reduction in weight has been achieved with the Hollowtech technology that is not only applied in the shovel zone but also in the tail zone of the BMX108.

Line Influence

Are you ready for a little more horsepower to take you beyond the groomed, yet don’t want to be limited by a powder specific ski? The NEW! 2012 Line Influence 105 skis put you right in the sweet spot for the best of both worlds. Its new Capwall™ construction has the intuitive, light & nimble feel of a narrower ski, while the Early Rise™ & Metal Matrix™ provides effortless float & hard charging reliability of a legit big mountain ski. The Line Influence 105 skis are truly in a class of it’s own.

Atomic Bent Chetler

Freeski Pro Chris Benchetler's popular pro model is built for slashing and smearing big mountain lines in deep powder. Its tip and tail taper and along with Atomic's Powder Rocker-early rise tip and tail, with camber underfoot-are designed to give it a loose, quick feel. Designed to be skied backward or forward. A shortened sidewall supports cap construction on top, so it has edge-bit but won't be overpowering, and the flex gets progressively suppler toward the tip and tail. Wood core.

This unique award-winning ski is a dream come true for Chris. On the one hand its huge 123 mm waist width and Rocker at the tip and tail deliver optimum lift in deep powder snow. On the other hand, its camber and sidewall construction ensure stable edge grip even on harder terrain. Upgrades for the new season: not only has Benchetler produced a brand new design, the stiffness of the tail area of this pro model has been increased by 25% for even better performance. The Bent Chetler is the perfect freeski for accomplished backcountry skiers who like to have the very best in professional equipment for every trick.

Line Mr. Pollard's Opus

Opus is defined as A great work of art or literature, especially the greatest single work of an artist. In Eric’s case, his 2012 Line Opus ski is developed over 13 years of progressing powder skiing & innovative ski designs with Line.
As Eric says - “Anyone can make a really fat ski float in powder, but making it also versatile enough to rip firm snow is where they all fall short.” The Line Opus ski is a breakthrough in versatility within the powder ski category. We actually lowered the Early Rise™ tip geometry enabling it to PLANE INSTEAD OF PLOW in the powder. We also reduced the length of Early Taper™ putting 20% more Active Edge™ length in contact with the snow than others in it’s class, for MORE GRIP & LESS SLIP. This better floating tip geometry allowed us to actually reduce the width to 118mm for increased quickness, reduced weight and a skiing experience that is as ahead of it’s time as the skier that developed it.

ERIC POLLARD - Over the past decade I have designed and skied over 100 different prototypes in search of skis that allow me to ride the mountain the way I want to. We have gone to every extreme from super fat 140mm to narrow, to super short, to over 200cm long, extreme Early Rise to no Early Rise, lots of side cuts to reverse sidecut, blunt tips, pointy tips. We have applied every flex pattern we can think of, mounted each ski in different locations and analyzed the differences over and over again, to learn so much from each ski. The new Opus and the Bacon are the culmination of the last 13 years of work. They blend a perfect mix of flex, sidecut, tip shape, overall shape/ footprint, mounting point, Early rise, Early taper, and camber. They are honestly the best skis I have ever skied.

Line Sir Francis Bacon

The 2012 Line Sir Francis Bacon ski has been completely re-designed by Eric for a level of quickness & versatility previously considered impossible in this width, yet with enough float to be worthy of Pollard’s name. Its new break through lower Early Rise™ tip geometry PLANES INSTEAD OF PLOWS in the pow, while the length of Early Taper™ has actually been reduced vs. past years to put much more Active Edge™ length in contact with the snow for MORE GRIP & LESS SLIP. The Bacon’s new smooth reliable flex pattern feels like an extension of your feet, literally carving on a dime as well as it can float in the powder. This is the next level of Pollard approved fun, for everywhere on the mountain.

ERIC POLLARD - "Over the past decade I have designed and skied over 100 different prototypes in search of skis that allow me to ride the mountain the way I want to. We have gone to every extreme from super fat 140mm to narrow, to super short, to over 200cm long, extreme Early Rise to no Early Rise, lots of side cuts to reverse sidecut, blunt tips, pointy tips. We have applied every flex pattern we can think of, mounted each ski in different locations and analyzed the differences over and over again, to learn so much from each ski. The new Opus and the Bacon are the culmination of the last 13 years of work. They blend a perfect mix of flex, sidecut, tip shape, overall shape/ footprint, mounting point, Early rise, Early taper, and camber. They are honestly the best skis I have ever skied."

Rossignol S7

The multi-award winning S7 has changed the powder skiing game. Hard charging expert skiers and struggling intermediates agree the S7 is revolutionary in its ability to make powder skiing easier, more fun and with less fatigue.

The S7 Powder Turn rocker combines low camber underfoot with high tip and tail rocker. This game changer provides the skier with amazing floatation and tracking that gives him an efficient angle of attack for easier steering and instant speed control. The S7 delivers both more maneuverability and forgiveness than any other powder ski on the market.

Rossignol has created the perfect powder tool for any skier who has a fetish for skiing the deep.

Rossignol Super 7

Rossignol's new Super 7 is for professional big mountain rippers and hard charging powder skiers.

Originally, the S7 has revolutionized powder skiing making it easier and more fun for all types of skiers. The new Super 7 is the S7 on steroids, with two layers of titanium on top of that.
The Super 7 Powder Turn rocker combines low camber underfoot with high tip and tail rocker : this game changer provides the skier with amazing floatation and tracking that gives him an efficient angle of attack for easy steering and instant speed control.

The Super 7 ? A damp big mountain, badass powder ski !

Volkl Gotama

Power/Tough Box
Powered by Carbon
Full Rocker

Volkl Katana

Here's what Ski Magazine has to say:
Volkl's freeskiing collection runs the gamut from super-fat powder surfers to park-and-pipe specialists. With a few exceptions, the wider end of the group features more rocker while the narrower end features less or none. Fully rockered and with a waist width of 112mm, the Katana is designed to float easily in deep snow while remaining maneuverable on broken and firm snow.

Volkl Kuro

Multi-layer Sensorwood
Power/Tough Box
Powered by Carbon
Full Rocker

Volkl Shiro

Tested extensively by many, the Volkl Shiro keeps popping up near the top of the BEST lists. Powder is a dream with the rockered tip and tail while the zero camber base raised a few eyebrows with it's ability to produce smooth carved turns on the groomers.

Here's what said: "The Shiro ranked No. 3 when the numbers were crunched, but consider this: It made every tester's Top 5 list-the only ski to do so. Discrepancy? No. Testers had to ding it in Forgiveness (No. 9) and Quickness (No. 13)-because it's huge-but loved Shiro for its unflappable power. To make it manageable, Volkl replaces metal with carbon and makes the Shiro dense underfoot and lighter at the extremities. Rocker helps, too. Still, it's a lot of ski, one that crushes crud (No. 1) and soars in powder. "So easy for such a big ski," said Hogen. "Makes you ski better.""

Ski Magazine designated the Shiro as Gold Medal Gear

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kastle Skis - An Arlberg Tradition!

Kastle Logo

Why do we carry KÄSTLE?  Simply put, this is a brand you should be on.  Originating in the heart of Austrian ski country in 1924  Kästle has grown from skis made of ash to the high tech power machines of today.  They produce models for a wide range of skiing but have really made their mark when it comes to All Mountain skiing.

The single greatest focus at Kästle is quality.  They build skis to the absolute highest standards. The result is functional elegance.  Once you cruise the mountain on a pair of Kästles you will be a customer for life. is proud to offer these models:
Kastle BMX108 -  Double Hollowtech and Rocker construction have combined to produce the perfect deep powder vehicle.
Kastle BMX98 -  Early rise technology lends itself exceedingly well to a wide variety of surface conditions.
Kastle BMX88 -  Extraordinary versatility.  Will perform equally well in side country and on-piste.
Kastle LX72 - At 72mm underfoot, the LX 72 produces turns with absolute precision.
Kastle MX88 -  Its dual radius design allows the skier to initiate quick turns and then exit the turn in a graceful smooth arc.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beer League "Cheater" Ski Specials

by Pat Moore

You know that guy or gal in your age group you wanted to beat all last season?  Maybe the problem was that you were on the wrong skis.  We stock some of the most popular "cheater" skis used in NASTAR and Beer League Racing today.  They're called cheaters because they don't conform to the absurd FIS regulations.  Happily you're not bound by those restrictions.  These skis allow recreational racers like you to easily initiate a turn without feeling like you're manhandling an 18 wheeler.    Clicking on any of the skis below will show you the minimum advertised price.  If you register for racer discounts, you'll be emailed instructions for obtaining racer pricing.  Check out these winners!

Fischer Progressor 10+.  Once in a while a ski comes along that captures a niche. The Progressor 10 has been embraced by Beer League and NASTAR skiers everywhere. The front half of the ski has a tighter radius than the tail. That's a great combination if you find yourself late at a gate. You can make a last second correction without hooking up like you might on a slalom ski. Coming out of the turn will leave you with a sweeping GS turn to the next gate.  Binding included.

The Elan GSX WaveFlex is a lightning-fast machine, designed for expert to professional GS racers. Delivering top performance at every turn, this model boasts with the World Cup proven WaveFlex technology, RST sidewalls and special Dual Titanium reinforcements for enhanced edge control and superior responsiveness. Binding included.

The Radcal 8GS Cascade is a recreational GS ski for technical skiers seeking power and stablility with excellent ski-to-snow contact in long radius turns. New Cascade tip improves swing weight and full edge contact. The 8GS uses a sandwich construction with Oversize technology to improve the skis versatility and ease of turning. Binding included
Made of a proprietary composite sintered base material, Speedwall sidewalls are the latest in a long line of innovations from Völkl's race department. The new Racetiger GS Speedwall features a new shape and vertical sidewall construction to deliver an incredibly fast, yet comfortable ride for the expert skier and night league racer alike. The new rMotion binding system combines race plate technology with the Motion system's all-mountain versatility. Binding included.

Atomic's non-FIS carving machine will put you on the podium. This is the beer league and NASTAR answer. Comes with the Neox NTL 12 binding.  The D2 Race GS is the most successful GS ski at the Alpine Ski World Cup. Key to its success is the innovative Doubledeck technology, which combines two freely gliding decks to create a unique ski. The upper Control Deck distributes the power generated by the skier directly to the softer Adapter (lower) Deck, which is responsible for optimum edge grip. Long turns can be efficiently carved on the edge even at high speeds, while vibrations are effectively absorbed. Making it the perfect ski for performance-driven skiers with a preference for wider turns. Binding included.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Top Dozen Ski picks for 2011-2012

By Pat Moore

The folks here at Suburban always get excited as winter approaches but this year especially so.  The walls of the shop are lined with some of the industry's most impressive offerings we've seen in many years.   Our staff* had a blast testing a wide range of new products and selected these winners.  Let's take a look at what you should hope to find under your Christmas tree.
Volkl RTM 84 - This full rocker gem wowed the testers here at Suburban as well as the reviewers at the magazine tests. The highly versatile RTM 84 won just about every major magazine award in this season's buyer's guides. Völkl's proprietary full rocker technology gives the skier smooth, direct turn initiation, and a playful overall feel.  Grab this Hard Snow/Frontside dream ride.

Kastle BMX 98 -  An amazing Mixed Snow/All Mountain ski, the BMX 98 is a dual radius early rise workhorse that manages to keep the weight down.  It's a powder delight that attacks the groomers as well.

Rossignol Avenger 82Ti -  From the moment the staff at Suburban was introduced to the Avenger 82 Ti we were blown away by its ability to rip through virtually any type of snow.  Winner of numerous awards, this ski attacks bullet proof with ease.

Atomic D2 GS Race Ski -  This non-FIS setup comes with bindings and should put you at the top of the standings in your beer league and NASTAR racing.  This model will likely sell out soon.

Fischer Progressor 10 - Fischer's legendary dual radius design works to perfection with this carving wizard.  Whether you're running gates in a recreational league or ripping up the corduroy, you can't go wrong with the Progressor 10.

Armada JJ - Backcountry, sidecountry.  Freeride rocker that cruises through myriad challenging conditions.

Rossignol S3 - High tip and tail rocker that lends itself to amazing flotation in pow.  Suitable for Alpine, AT, or Freeheel.

Atomic Theory - This gem was tested by the staff at Suburban and it blew away all testers from age 19 - 60. Everyone raved about it's versatility: A dream in powder and superb edge hold in firm conditions. As close to a "one ski quiver" as you can get.

Hart F17 Classic - A mogul legend that doubles as an all mountain ski.  Easily our most popular bump ski.

Dynastar Legend 94 - Slow rise free ride rocker.  The Legend series has been setting the standard in Big Mountain skiing for years and shows no signs of relinquishing the crown.

Rossignol Experience 88 -  Easily our biggest seller this year.  We're struggling to keep up with the orders.  Its traditional camber provides terrific bite on the hardpack while the slightly rockered tip and tail provide sweet turn initiation.   Make any size turn you want.  Whether you're an intermediate or hard charging expert, the Experience 88 will serve you well in all conditions and terrain - even the bumps!

Elan Amphibio Waveflex 14 - How'd you like to rip up the groomers without beating up your quads?  The asymmetric design revolutionizes carving.

*Who are our testers?
Rolf Meyer - Level III PSIA Instructor Okemo Mountain.  USSA Level 1 coach.  Head Coach Guilford, CT HS Ski Team

Peter Englert - PSIA Level II Telemark Instructor.  NASTAR Pacesetter.  Avid backcountry skier. Certified Masterfit bootfitter.  Loves to ski New England, Europe, and out west.

Scott McClain - PSIA Level II instructor 19 years experience Ohio and Mt. Southington, CT

Keith Nappi - Owner of Suburban Sports since 1973.  National Ski Patrol member. Accomplished alpine skier, telemark skier,and snowboarder.

John Budd - Avid skier since 1957.  Patrol, sales, and ski management since 1969.  Retired National Ski Patrol.

Pat Moore - Six year NASTAR Coordinator and Pacesetter for Okemo Mountain.  2008 Age Group NASTAR National Champion - Skiing.  2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Age Group NASTAR National Champion - Snowboarding.  2012 - 2nd Place Platinum Division Skiing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Game Changer - Fischer Vacuum Ski Boot System

By Pat Moore and John Budd

Rarely does a new product elicit this amount of buzz and frequently the excitement dies away.  Not with Fischer's new game changer, the vacuum system.  Erik Anderson, Fischer Alpine Division Vice President of Sales and other members of Fischer's staff visited our shop today to put on a clinic on this incredible new ski boot fit technology.  Several area skiers and reps were on hand for the demonstration and were blown away.  A notorious skeptic was won over with zero reservations.  He could not believe how perfect a fit he was able to get after undergoing the fifteen minute three-step vacuum fit process. The others on hand (two ski coaches, a ski rep and a member of the sales staff) had a wide range of foot shapes and irregularities and all expressed the same sentiments.  One coach's first comment was, "Can I give you my credit card now?"  The consensus was that Fischer has forever changed the future of ski boot fitting.

By the introduction of a completely different low temperature moldable plastic, Vacu-Plast, Fischer can address the most difficult fits.  The boot literally molds to the shape of the foot.  This new technology has even eliminated many of the alignment challenges (over-edged and under-edged) so problematic in past boot fitting. Since the boot is also molded to match the angles of the lower leg, the skier is able to stand flat and balanced reducing the need for boot-sole grinding and canting.

Upper cuff molds to angles of lower leg
Even a 103mm fore-foot can be fit!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bike Test Battle

So last week I had the opportunity to ride two top end road bikes, the Cannondale Super Six and the Scott Addict.  Coming off my ancient steel framed bike, I knew that both these bikes would feel amazing and that they did.  What was surprising was just how different they both were.  The Super Six was the first one I rode and it had a very comfortable feel and great at absorbing shock.  I would almost say it was the Cadillac and the Addict was the Porsche. Though I really liked how well the Super Six reacted when sprinting.  It wasn’t super jumpy right out of the gate but, rather built up speed.  I felt like I could always go faster. The bike rolled over small hills like they weren’t even there.  The Addict felt stiffer, yet still supple.  It was very efficient and seemed that none of my pedal power went to waste.   It was definitely more twitchy and reactive than the Six.  It moved where I wanted it to, and did so quickly. This bike really excelled when going up longer climbs.  This was probably a result extra stiffness. With both bikes one thing was clear; they are very fun to ride and I didn’t want to get off either bike.        

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Checking out Cannondale's New Claymore

By Tyler-
On Friday, Cannondale let us test their two newest mountain bikes at Highland Bike Park in Northfield, NH.  The days vibe was awesome.  Highland proved to be the perfect testing grounds with a wide range of lift serviced trails.  The trails have lots of flow with berms and jumps everywhere.  There's also some tech sections and big hit drops that are tons of fun, but you can also ride around everything if your not up for that stuff. 
Cannondale was offering up the all new Jekyll and Claymore.  I found myself stuck on the Claymore.  This is the bigger of the two with the rear travel either at 180mm or 110mm.  This makes it the most versatile bike I have ever ridden.  It is like having two bikes in one.  With the flick of a switch on the handle bars, I was able to make the big hit 180mm's of travel into an all mountain, easy to pedal, 110mm's.  This also made the bike easier to jump with.  Another thing that sets these bikes apart from everything else out there is weight. All day I was talking to people that just couldn't believe that an aluminum 180mm bike could be so light(around 33lbs for the Claymore and under 30 For the Jekyll).  Both bikes also come in a carbon flavor for all you weight weenies who want it even lighter.  Overall, the Jeckyll which has a 150 and 90mm travel and the Claymore are the ultimate one bike quiver and very fun to ride.   

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Summer Storage Waxing ----Are you done skiing yet??

Summer Storage Waxing 

Here are Toko's recommendations for storage waxing of skis.  First, brush the base out with a copper brush. Then drip on a generous amount of System3 or LF Red. Iron it in making sure that there is enough wax to provide a thick layer on the base and that the iron is hot enough to ensure a good bond between the wax and the base. This ironing procedure is normal, but sometimes a person rushes through storage waxing and the wax is not really heated outside of that it becomes liquid. The ski bases often times don't even become warm. This will result in air between the base and the ski and less protection.

Red is our choice for storage waxing as Blue is so hard that it is more difficult to make sure that there is no air between the ski and base and Yellow is so soft that it gets "eaten away" quicker. System3 Red is good, but LF Red is even better as
its consistency is perfect. If waxing skis or a board with metal edges, slop the wax over the edges and cover them too.

1. Brush skis out well with Copper Brush
2. Iron in System3 Red or LF Red making sure adequate wax is used and
that the wax is heated in well.

Visit our Website for Waxes and Tools

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Experiment

 Evening all!  This is Scott from Suburban Sports and  Its early spring and bike season is here.  Ski season for me came to an end far too fast and too soon, but there is an up side to it all.  Its time to get on the bike.  By that I mean time to get on A bike, not my bike.  The kind folks at Scott-Sports were nice enough to cut us a great deal on a demo bike for me for the season.  Thanks to my boss Peter for making it all happen!  Here is The Experiment though, what happens when you take a guy who has worked for Fortune 500 insurance companies for ten years and put him in a Bike/Ski Shop and give him a nice bike for the bike season.  Will said man become a "Cyclist" by the end of the "season"?  By cyclist I mean am I going to interested in everything European?  Will I be shaving my legs for that little bit of aerodynamic advantage?  I am interested to see where it all ends.  I can tell you the benefit to my health have been great thus far even after getting layed of a year ago from my insurance company employer.  At my previous employer I worked second shift and would snack quite a bit to keep awake and would spend my 8 hour shift sitting most of the time.  Now in the shop I find very little time to sit.  I'm running here and there especially during ski season when we are grabbing ski boots left and right.

Now its time to add the bike into the equation.  I will be riding an XL/58cm 2011 Scott CR1 Team.  Over the next coming months you can "tune in" here for information on how this experiment is going.  I'll let you know what I think of the bike (now to be fair, I have NEVER ridden such a high end road bike).  It will be fun to see how things go.  I hope you will come along with me on the journey.

If you would like, join me and the shop on Thursday nights as we bring back shop rides.  We will start Thursday, May 5th in Farmington the Farmington Valley Greenway. We will push off at 6pm.  You can find more information on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kastle BMX 98 Review

By Peter
What a perfect day to test this wonderful ski! A spring snowstorm just dropped  6-8 inches of new snow and we were at Cannon Mountain with Marc Sheehan of Kastle Skis to enjoy it! After a few hours of tracking up  Cannon we headed over to Mittersill and continued to get some fresh tracks. The BMX 98 gave me the confidence to charge hard in what otherwise would have been difficult conditions. Like I said, the snow underneath was rock hard and the BMX 98 held its carve. It was very easy to vary the turn shape, and found the ski to have both amazing floatation and balance most likely due to the slight early rise. Look for this ski and other hand picked Kastle models in Suburban Ski and Bike's rack come this September. Visit our website for more details.