How did it ride?
The forks were well plush but poised and the lock out worked fine (it appeared not to work in my living room). At first it felt a bit short in the cockpit but did help with wheelying it
Bottom bracket felt high due to the long forks, the brakes were strong and made a lovely whirring sound when applied hard. It appears to be a good technical extreme D/H bike feeling almost like a firm full susser, I got a good technique going like a D/H skier side to side I was even doing most or all of that fully clipped in
The bike climbs OK too, it doesnt feel THAT light to pick up but you dont really feel the weight while your riding. So first impressions, nimble, comfy, tight, capable of some pretty heavy duty D/H stuff, enjoyable, worth getting to know. Will report back later once we get to know each other better.
PS. Still need setting up as you'd expect from a new build (read gear issues elsewhere on here).
A wee update, me and the Pig are getting on great now that the drive train issues are sorted. As for the bike its self Im loving it its strong, torsionally stiff, nimble and comfortable, the harder you push it the better it rides. Im guesstimating the weight being between 28.6 & 28.9lbs but I swear it doesnt feel anything like that when your carrying, pushing or riding it. As for the brakes their shit hot with loads and I mean loads of power maybe the best Ive ever used. Now the forks their 140mm travel and feel very plush without feeling "mushy" they use a standard QR I just wish they had a 20mm/15mm through axle just to help with a very slight flex when pushed hard into a corner (rocky/bouldered corner) but in a straight line up or down hill their fine.
To summarise its proof (if you needed it) that steel is still alive and well and the more I ride it the more Im liking it, the bike its taking me a good few steps forward in my skills level
Thanks for taking the time to listen to my p#sh
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