I was in a rush last week when I posted those photos from Trek World. I didn’t have time to elaborate on any of the bikes, but I was glad to see some good discussion about them in the comments. For those of you who don’t read the comments section (you should), I want to bring forward a comment left by Gary Fisher about the El Ranchero:
Hey – We will make a long bike, E bike? RIGHT on!
This is a concept bike, I have had a Extracycle and a pair of Bakfeits, one with the box and one with the long rear end for over 4 years.
Ross from Extracycle is my bud. Your point on the rack compatibility is right on, I am with you, the ID guys and girls get into there own ideas, this is good. It’s a proto after all. We will do steel.
The new alloy that Klein developed has much more ductility than before making Aluminum a better choice than before, however we have many years with steel, that’s where we started. What is gong on with what I call “Bikes that do things” makes us excited because of the $$$ but that’s not what we are about, we want to change the world.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
So there you have it- a bit more info about an upcoming Fisher long tail from the man himself. If you are skeptical about the authenticity of the comment (who isn’t skeptical on the web these days), I do have confirmation from a pretty solid source that it really was from Mr. Fisher. Thanks for the comment Gary.
Speaking of Trek World, Cyclelicious has a good post about the event and points to a nice photoset of pictures taken by Mark Stevenson. Mark, aka Guitar Ted, also has some good coverage of the show on his site that you can read here and here.