The Good: ride, handling and the fit
The Bad: too early to say, not keen on the colour but does look nicer close uoOverall Review: 3 rides so far from road to gloopy mud. just changed from the 2012 expert epic and had epics before in 26" wheels. The fit is perfect for me and the handling and power delivery is ideal for the fast xc riding I enjoy. Suspension does seem better than the earlier models - although I had no complaints on those, I always wanted rigid (pedal) feel but with suspension compliance for my old(er) bones. The Epics deliver that fantastically well, super quick, exciting to ride and always rewarding. The Marathon feels stunningly quick. Raced a boy racer in a Nova SR making loads of noise tonight, I recon I accelerated faster...I am not as young as I was and the Epics have made me faster than I ever was. loving it.
The Good: Handling, speed, fit
The Bad: rear freewheel was very noisey until I serviced it then fine. Brakes had air problems - until I serviced them then fineOverall Review: Fantastic bike, every ride made me smile and every ride was faster than I thought I had in me. Great on knarley stuff and equally good on the road. The perfect bike (for me)Just let my lad have it so I could buy a 2014 Marathon. 3 rides so far and its shaping up to be even better.. Although I don't like the black as much
The Good: Reliable, inexpensive, strong
The Bad: Slightly heavy and uglyOverall Review: I've used this crank for over a year and I've had zero issues. Still spins reliably in mostly dry dusty conditions. I've used Many SRAM/truvativ offerings that are pretty much as good, and I marginally prefer the GXP system, but it's close.Actually I wanted a more bling crank, but I was running out of cash near the end of a build and went for something reasonably priced and well proven, and haven't been disappointed. Originally I set up the crank single speed with a guide, and now with a race face narrow/wide single chain ring, with absolutely no compatibility issues, and a nice weight saving.Ideally I'd Read More »
The Good: durability, cheap (spare parts too), decent shifting performance
The Bad: none so farOverall Review: Ridden for 4 years, 1-3 times per week, general trail riding, anything from 2 day XC trip to enduro race, all weather condition except dust.Middle ring changed after 2 years.Bottom bracket lasted 3 years without any service (stupid), swapped for new one for 7$.Considering buying again - new deore m615 double crankset in black - which IMO looks great.Good for anything but straight gravity riding.For this price I don't think there is crankset which comes close in performance on current market.
The Good: + Delta link is amazing.. + climbs like a 3-4 inch XC bike.. + descends like a DH bike.. + light
+ fast + nimble
+ rock garden destroyer.. + makes traill riding fun again..
The Bad: + no colours available
+ would like a longer top tube, I'm 5.10 and have medium, need another 1-2 inches on TT
The Good: strong and light, good/simple graphics
The Bad: a bit spendy, but not much more than similar optionsOverall Review: About a year ago I gouged my Easton Havoc carbon bar in a crash at bootleg canyon and afterward I was a bit nervous riding it with such a deep scratch and so decided to get a new bar. I mixed it up and bought a buddy's nearly new ENVE DH bar to see what I thought. In many regards it is similar to the Easton that I really like with very close rise and sweep numbers. One of the touches that I like about the ENVE is that there is a rough section for where the stem clamps on to prevent slips I suppose. I did end up cutting down the 800mm bar to my preferred width of 760mm, but actually ended up taking Read More »