The Good: Tubeless setup off the floor. Easy pedaling, easy climbing, easy turning. Silent running cables after putting a little effort towards it (foam in the top tube. Excellent Deore brakes, supple 120mm DW link suspension in the rear, really great underrated 140mm X-fusion fork, front and rear are supple at low speeds with no hard bottom outs at high speeds and jumps and good semi high riding support. I love the quiet free hub and quiet brakes. I opted for 140mm fork setup and feel comfortable with the geometry at speed. Great handling at both low and high speeds. Stable in the air and easy to jump and land. Easy to stay clipped in the pedals up or down tight switchbacks. Accelerates easily and carries momentum well through tight turns, up punchy climbs and over medium sized rocks-n-roots. Hands down the best price for a complete bike with full carbon frame and DW link. Cane Creek headset. Good quality rear shifter, derailleur and chain. Drivetrain runs SILENT.
The Bad: Flexy too narrow wheels, awkward saddle and bars. Poor front shifting race face 2x crank, no dropper stock. Skippy at high frequency rough downhills. Stock bars are too narrow for the big front wheel and 140mm fork. 90mm stem a little long for descending, 710mm wide riser bars almost cut it, but not quite.
I feel that this buid was meant to appeal more to XC race or road riders dipping their toes into trail/all mountain waters. I was an all mountain rider looking for something that climbed withless effort and maybe get further into the back country, while still being able to go fast when the conditions allow. My first upgrade was a dropper post. I then took my XO cranks and put a 26t direct mount narrow wide chainwheel on it. effectively running 1x10 and keeping 11-36 for climbing and leaving the high speed stuff in the hands of gravity. I upgraded to large platform clips pedals, 745 wide x 3/4" rise Read More »