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2020 GARNEAU GROS LOUIS 1 REVIEW

On my own confession, I paid little attention to Fat bikes Garneau, because it’s a brand that didn’t come back often during online discussion. This was going to change duringfat bike event in Rawdon. During my discussion with the representative, I realized that their fat bikes may have been neglected by consumers.

2 weeks later I had the Gros Louis 1 in hand and it was the start of my trying week. At least that’s what I thought! With Corona Virus my options being a littlemore limited, I went there with strategy and chose my first day of trial in Rawdon and my second day at Parc du Domaine Vert. I wanted to limit my risk tp hurt me.

Rawdon was exceptional as a day. The day before they received a bit of rain and then the cold, which gave a hard and slippery surface per place. For the Parc du Domaine Vert, the surface was cured and frozen on about 30 %.

Having no studs on the Schwalbe tires Jumbo Jim 26 x 4.8 did the job without more.The bike has a beautiful frame geometry that looks like the Trek Bicycle Farley 5 and the Salsa Cycles Mukluk aluminum. The gallows is 40 mm long and I have to admit that I found driving a little too direct. I personally believe that a 50 mm stem would be ideal.

Apart from this problem, the weight of the bike is similar to Salsa Mukluk aluminum. At the agility level, having a very short back part, the bike is very handy during very tight track. I have to admit that this is a feature that I enjoyed a lot. I was very comfortable in the position and climb this was much appreciated and I didn’t feel like I was pushing a brick.

At the components level, we are talking about a 12-speed SRAM MTB GX and of Level T hydraulic brakes. As usual, they are doing the job very well and I once again enjoyed brake modulation.

At $ 2499, do we get enough for our money? Not quite and this might be the reason why he’s not as popular. With a price similar to the Trek Farley 5, the Gros Louis 1 would be a serious competitor.

However, Garneau informs me that for 2020, the Gros Louis 1 will be coming on 27.5 Terrene Cake eater, a post dropper and Shimano-MTB SLX 12 for a price of $ 2599.00 and then we will have a bike for the very interesting price.

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Ever since he can remember he was riding bikes not being attracted to video games. In his teenage years he was racing bikes until he had a big accident that slowed him down and at a certain point he stopped riding. It is few years later that came he back on a bike and got the ‘’bug’’ again to be more serious about it and started a bike related blog. It is after a trip during covid that he realized that it would be great to talk about all his outdoor passions but with the perspective to inform the regular non technical people. This is how Allday magazine was born.
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