In my last installment of some comparison riding, I rode the Blackbuck vs. the Soma Juice. The Blackbuck won that one--evidence being the Juice has been sold, but the Blackbuck remains. Today I took the Blackbuck out for round two:
It's the Blackbuck vs. the Singular Gryphon. I just headed out to my local guerrilla trail in Avery Park. It's short, maybe only a 1/3 mile figure eight, and flat, but it does have a few logovers, and some anonymous (ahem) but community minded person has been keeping the trail clear of fall downs and brush.
I set the bikes up as closely as my parts bin would allow, which is pretty close. Very close contact points triangle, very similar bars (Titec H and J bars), very similar tires, gearing, etc. I leaned one against the tree, did a lap, switched bikes, etc, for about eight laps total (until boredom set in).
Here's how it played out:
Handling: Blackbuck wins. It just has much less delay in turning than the Gryphon. The Gryphon handles fine... with that damning caveat, for a 29er. The Blackbuck is noticeably sharper.
Ride: Gryphon wins. It's a bit smoother.
Accelerating: Blackbuck wins. There really shouldn't be any difference here, but the Blackbuck seemed to roll out a bit snappier than the Singular. Possibly because of the (relatively) harsher ride, it feels faster.
Styling: Gryphon wins. I'm still trying to come to terms with the seatstays and paperboy paint on the Blackbuck. Though the Gryphon's headtube is possibly too tall, even for me.
So a tie, but really the Blackbuck wins--the win in handling is a bigger win in a more important category than the others. You can probably guess how this will play out.
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