I rode out with Jeremy this morning to get a feel for the Woodstock 707. The test bike we have is a 16″ frame and was actually perfect for my stout body and stubby little arms and legs. I set up the rear shock according to the manufacturer and installed some SPD pedals (cuz that’s how I roll).
I took the 707 through some single track and on a few short but sweet climbs in which I was able to engage the front lockout. The 707 and I also just took some time to just cruise and enjoy the morning ride.
The bike handles pretty well. The geometry for my height was just right. Dialing in the Manitou Radium rear shock was very important in making sure that I didn’t experience any pedal bob. The Manitou Axel fork was spring loaded, but was just as smooth as having an air fork and its less hassle. The front lock outs on forks are always great, I hate forks without them. That came in handy when we did some climbing.
The 707 is laced with SRAM X7 components such as rear dÃ©railleurs and shifters. The front dÃ©railleurs is a reliable Shimano Deore which worked just fine. One of the things I like about the SRAM shifters is they fire on contact. Meaning, just one click and the dÃ©railleurs shifts right away and never missing a beat. Since I’ve ridden Shimano shifters in the past, I had to get used to the dual thumb action the X7 possessed. For the first few miles I kept looking for a trigger to shift down on the gears but would quickly realize that the thumb action is what was needed.
The Avid BB5′s were great in stopping my chunky self on the trails. In fact, I felt that they worked too well. If I wasn’t careful and hit my front brakes, the Avid’s work so well that I’d probably fly over the bars! So make sure you’re mindful of that when using disc brakes.
One thing you don’t really hear get mentioned allot about bikes is the saddle performance. The 707 comes with a WTB Lazer V Team saddle. This saddle was very comfortable. I actually have this same seat on a few of my bikes! Needless to say I love that saddle!
I’ll be testing the Woodstock 707 further and keep everyone posted on the progress of the review. But so far so good!
For more information about the Woodstock 707, click HERE.