Kind of fell in love with the looks a while ago and just couldn't face the cost of one of these things. Rode a Ti version for a while and was amazed by the ride, especially the forks, so comfortable but so direct as well. I toyed with buying but just couldn't do it...
Jeff has be doing a Taiwan built Steel option for the last 12-18months and since seeing this as an option I have been very interested.
Finally got the chance to trade on one for myself and have been making the most of it for the last week.
What can I say, I am still amazed by the ride, if a fraction heavier than the Ti version it somehow feels more rigid, guess the Ti frame can be light and comfortable but also a little too flexy at times. The steel option has a similar ride feel but without quite as much flex, still comfortable but very direct through twisty trails, rode Thunder Mountain just before the snow came in today and it was amazing, three sets of 6-8 super tight hairpin corners and the bike just laps them up
Back into the woods next week, can't wait to rail it round the trails in Prescott
Bike really needs a few gears throwing on it, it just want's to go faster than a SS set up can bring, feel the need for a 1X10 once we get some dry trails back in the UK
Here's someshots to make you a little jealous....
I will be getting a wicker basket and squeeky horn for the bars