This summer’s vacation took us, the Nichols family, to a campground north of Gunnison, CO. One of the planned daily activities was to ride the scenic Taylor River Road. This was a 17-mile ride (one way), from our campsite to the Taylor Reservoir. Jerrell and Dylan started out at 8,400’ elevation on the RANS Phoenix. There were challenging/fun (depending on the direction) 8-10% grades along the route topping out at 9,500’. Following are some observations from the riders as written by Jerrell.
Due to the steepness of grades and the high altitude/low oxygen environment, stable, low speed handling was needed from time to time. The Phoenix excels at this! Dylan’s comment on the ride up was, “It was a blast!” Dylan could out climb me on the ascents, he’s 100lbs lighter (that’s my excuse anyway)!
The descents were a different story as he soon became a spec in my rear view mirror, gravity works! No exact speed was recorded on the downhill sections but the closest guess would be around 60 MPH based off a comparative experience. The questions from an anxious mother to her son were, “did the bike seem unstable at high speeds?! Did you feel like you might crash?!” Dylan’s comment was, “Oh no, not at all!” I can second Dylan’s comment regarding the high-speed performance. This bike really delivered when it came to inspiring confidence in its stability and ease of control throughout the entire range of speed and terrain this ride had to offer.
The scenery was spectacular. The temperature was just right. The traffic volume was low, and the drivers were courteous. This is definitely a ride I want to take again!