This past week I had a bike roadie planned! Its been a while since ive been on a bike trip – last one was in October to Queenstown so I took Thursday and Friday off of work and decided to head down to Taupo and Rotorua.
I’ve never ridden Taupo, but have heard that they have some pretty sweet single track so I figured it was time to go test it out. Up early and on the road by 6:30am, I was stoked for this bike adventure. After 3.5hours I made it to Taupo where I visited the iSite to pick up a trail map. I headed to the carp park lot, had a bite to eat and then off I went.
There are quite a few tracks, so my plan was to ride the northern block in the first couple hours and then ride the southern block in the avro. I wanted to ride all the tracks as I wasn’t sure when I would be back in Taupo next.
The tracks in the northern block are pretty sweet. Nothing to technical or overly sketchy, but a nice ride. In about 2hours I knocked off all of the tracks and managed to find my way back to the car park. I then made myself a coffee and had a bite to eat before I headed off into the southern block.
Just as I was peddling up into the tracks I heard a crack. They same sound I heard riding when I was in Nelson last Christmas. I new instantly that my bike trip was over. I jumped off the bike and looked at my lower linkage and my intuition was right. I had once again snapped the lower linkage on the drive train side of the bike. Argh. What a pain in the ass. This is a design flaw with this bike. Ive read online about this happening to other Giant Reign X’s. I guess the link is too weak to withstand the torque of peddling up hill and snaps. I shot back to the car and headed into Taupo to see if any shops there carry links – they don’t. The trip was over. No ripping it up in Rotorua, no southern block in Taupo, no bike, no camping, no more fun. Bit pissed to be honest.
I spent more time in the car driving there and back then on my bike – that is just wrong. I called the Giant shop in Auckland to see if they could just order the part, but they had to see it before they would do anything. So I headed straight there and after a look – they ordered the part. I believe it will be under warranty, but my issue is will it ever be properly fixed. The link needs to be redesigned. It’s shitty not having faith in your bike, especially if you are going on a trip. Ill be picking up my bike tomorrow and hopefully then get an explanation from Giant. I was told earlier that I had a newly designed link installed last time, but if so they need to redesign it because it doesn’t work.
I enjoyed the little riding that I managed in Taupo. If you are in Taupo go out for a ride, you wont be disappointed. Well that’s if your bike doesn’t break on ya!
Update – March 26th 2012
So Giant sent me a new ‘redesigned’ link, which i was told by the shop manager that it wasnt redesigned at all. Not surprised. It is a 2010 and they already have my money, so why fix it. Ive kept the link as a spare and I am pretty much waiting for it to happen again. I do love the bike, other than it breaks under peddling duress… which isnt ideal eh! Moral of the story – dont buy Giant. Easy.