The first real test ride of the Pugsley took place today. Despite it being designed for soft terrain, like snow and sand beaches, it is a fun bike to ride on ordinary forest trails. The big tires give a lot of cush and the grip is phenomenal. It does not roll as well as an XC race bike and the heavy wheels take some effort to get up to speed, but it still is easier than the tank like appearance would suggest and it does not at all feel clumsy to ride. The big and soft tires are also a lot more kind to the terrain than ordinary tires, something which does have some importance to me in wet conditions.
On one occasion the rear wheel slipped in the dropout on the brake side, but hopefully that won't happen again. I tightened it a lot more this time.