The Good: It's Fast. Really Fast.
The Bad: The price, clearly. Few can justify spending 10g's on a bike, but those who can will appreciate a ride that is truly next-level. Also, in reference to the factory build: A bike of this caliber probably ought to come with carbon bars, and we certainly prefer a shorter stem. Shorter even than we might run on it's smaller-wheeled brother, so as to quicken the steering of such big wheels.. We've found that it behaves quite nicely with something around 40mm. Wider bars are nice too. Other small frustrations are the proprietary rear hub spacing, and shock mounts. but we understand that both are concessions that must be made for a bike to handle the way this one does.Overall Review: In fact fast is a bit of an understatement, If you've ridden wagon wheels before you're acutely aware of their propensity for gathering speed, but the likelihood is that as soon as you encountered the need to change direction, quickly or otherwise, the frame that held them began to feel real big. Not so with Specialized's E29 - it's only 6mm longer than it's 26-inch-wheeled counterpart, and once you've overcome the novelty of looking down at a giant front tire, you'll likely forget that you're aboard a 29er at all. Even in the more affordable Comp version (which is not light, by the way) this bike's Read More »