What was the 5 RS like Chilli?
The Five RS is a great bike, yes it has bigger 650B wheels, but when your on it, its reassuringly and Orange and feels very much like the 26". It amazingly weights 28lbs, my 1x10 26" Five weighs 31lbs). It climbs very well, more so than the Carbon Stereo in my eyes. The decals aren't really to my taste but they don't effect the ride! Im also not a fan of the Avid brakes which arnt as sharp as XT ones and feel more plastic(y). Before riding one I was also not a fan of the Sram kit, but I must say the 1x11 performance was flawless.The Rockshox Pike forks are really good, I think they are 150mm (rear being 140).
Interestingly the RS frame (initial run of 50) comes with a Stealth Reverb with internal guiding which cleans the lines up nicely , production bikes and frames I believe are coming with the usual external guides. There is also a bolt on hanger for the front mech, though the RS doesn't have one.
To summarise , its lighter and a better climber than the Five, it is just as much fun and very nimble on tight techy runs and I was (according to Strava) quicker, even though I spent the next couple of days trying to match my times on my 2012 Five. Am I going to buy one ? A strong chance indeed
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