The Good: Solid frame, great angles, solid spec
The Bad: The paint chops too easily.
The Covert has a single pivot linkage driven suspension that feels plush over the rough stuff and helps the bike remain steady at high speeds. I frequently ride this bike on "DH" trails at Sandy Ridge and Cold Creek Mountain Bike area and feel like I can go balls out over the steep, rocky and rooty terrain and am able to pedal through the flat sections. The bike also pedals uphill pretty well. It's no XC rocket but it feels comfortable and sure footed when it's time to start earning the turns. 3.5 mile climb to the top of the DH? OK. All day trail ride? Count me in. Drops and jumps? Yes, please.
My bike came with a 36 TALAS RLC with Fit damper, RP23 shock, Transition Revolution 28 Wheels, DHF Minions front and rear, 750mm Kore bar, 60mm AKA stem, Reverb Seat Post, Transition TOP saddle, AKA cranks, 9 speed X9 drive train, Transition Stepdown pedals, and Elixir CRs.
The current build:
Stan's Flow EX wheels, Trail Kings 2.4 F, 2.2 R, 780mm Answer Pro Taper bar, 45mm Gravity Light Stem, SLX cranks, 10 Spd XT drive Train, XT brakes w/ 180mm ice tech rotors F and R. All other details are the same.