First proper ride report a quick 11 mile offroad ride on my usual routes:
It rides really well! I much prefer the ride position to that of the CXR its easier on my back! I really haven't noticed the extra 1.5lbs of weight over the Marin either. As for the ride harshness its hard to tell in the autumnal mud the real test will really be on the bumpier dry summer trails. But on first impressions its no different to me... The chainstays are slightly shorter that the Marin and the "bendy" seat tube tucks the rear wheel nicely under the saddle which is great for climbing. Admittedly it is not as "flicky" as a 26" wheel bike but that downside is outweighed for me by the rolling speed and solid stable feel...Thats not to say that I didn't come off even on this gentle ride! But I blame the tyres that just couldn't handle the muddy conditions. That is being addressed as I have a pair of Bontrager XR Mud tyres on their way to me.
Oh and on another subject the XTR rear mech has the clutch feature which I have to say really works! Next to no chain slap on the chain stays and still shifts beautifully. But that could be in part to the XTR groupset...I really am a Shimano man love the way it works! Since the last pics I have got a new set of Ti Bontrager QR skewers for the wheels which set the Bonty hubs off nicely too (I know I am a tart!). Still toying with the idea of a different frame colour and been in touch with SC to see if they do the Highball Decals...but they dont as they are laquered over and they dont carry replacements
So maybe I will keep as is, but white is my least favourite bike colour so we will see!