The Ogre isn’t really a mountain bike—no shocks—and it’s built for fire roads and gravel and the like, not steep, rocky singletrack. The South Burma trail in Annadel is very rugged and rocky. Rocky in the sense that big, half-buried, immovable rocks practically block the trail and make it impossible to pick a smooth line. Hit one of those rocks at high speed on the Ogre and you fly off. Hit one on the Ogre at low speed and you topple over. Real mountain bikes with full suspension can handle that kind of terrain much better than the Ogre. But I wanted to see what my rigid rig could do.
My ace support crew, who hiked South Burma the other day, warned me. But I had to test it for myself. Shoulda listened to her.