The Good: The Head Set angle is really slack, makes you more confident to step down stiff terrain. The Center on Rider (COR) simply put you in the centre of the bike, eventhough you forgot to get your upper body to back when you hit drops or jumps (as long as you dont sit on the saddle). The suspension kits may not be as light as Sram components, but they give you the more balance on the track. With the correct size choising, you will get the more space om cabin area, gives you clearer views.
The Bad: The all Shimano Saint group sets are slighly heavier than other brands (sram etc). And also the wheel sets. You may need to focus your modification on those 2 sectors, and you may not want to use shimano Saint pedals in order to reduce weights. Deity pedals work jus fine.Overall Review: The best world cup downhill bike in reasonable price.
The Good: Buttery smooth, stiff, convenient maxle lite, good looking, configurable characteristic (bottomless tokens), lightweight
The Bad: Air spring not so durable.Overall Review: I'm using Pike about half a year. I do rather downhill than uphill. The fork is very good, really smooth. But lastly the negative air spring begin to suck upper legs in. For about 50 psi the sag chart on upper legs wasn't visible at all. For greater pressures was better, but even with 120 psi I could bottomed it out with my hands. I gave it for warranty service yesterday, should be fine but it isn't so hard fork. This light weight have influence on its durability.
The Good: Great rear suspension; versatile and tunable geometry; simple and clean aesthetics
The Bad: Not the lightest of 160mm frames.Overall Review: The 2014 Rune V2 came to replace a 2010 Specialized Enduro Comp, already a great 160mm bike. The Rune is far more efficient, resisting pedal bob without being as intrusive as other linkage designs. The suspension is also very sensitive to small bumps, ensuring great traction in technical climbs. It is very linear for the most of the travel, but ramps up nicely towards the end of the travel to resist bottom out. With 30% of sag it is rare to bottom out the rear shock. I really like the simple and clean look, very industrial, with no visible gussets or overly hydroformed tubes, but still remaining very rigid. Also, the stealth "black on black" color scheme is very cool...