well,the ride.tbh i didnt know what to expect.many peoples views were against the bike but it isnt as bad as people think.
i started off on some bumpyish singletrack and soon reallised when pedaling it felt odd,the flex is apparent but you soon ride accordingly.i found riding a harder gear slightly overcame the feedback and eventually became part of the character of the bike.it flew on these trails and when the trails got more technical it felt very responsive and the bike helped "feel" the terrain and trail so you knew what and how your riding.
i really really like this bike,it works,the ride was pleasant and you can see it working!the flex is not that bad as long as you ride it with this in mind and ride accordingly. the only little niggles i have are the rear brake tube thingy isnt very smooth and the rear brake sticks and rubs a bit.the front forks scarily knock when rebounding back up and the rear mech needs fettling.i think this is many due to new cables and loadsa bends in the outers.
overall im well chuffed,i have another dream bike and felt so much happier riding a 17 year old bike around some cool local trails after a tiring week at work
best ride of my life.....................no,but only because im still searching 20 years later