So I have owned the bike for almost 3 weeks now. Put in some decent miles on it already (a little over 100 so far) and actually even got in a race as well.
Bike has made a huge improvement in my lap times on the local course I ride a majority of the time. After remembering to reset my tire circumference so my computer would work I finally started dialing in the suspension after having a nice lunch with one of the Giant Demo mechanics and my local mechanic for some starting points on the suspension.
My bike has the Fox fork and shock. My only complaint is that Fox does not print a preload gauge on the fork stanchion nor do they install a preload ring. Not a deal killer, I just used a zip tie and my digital dial calipers and Fox's measurements from their site.
So far my pressure (weight 205lb ready to ride) is 95psi in the front and 205psi in the rear. I have the rebound set to just slightly towards the slower rebound side as of now.
Now comes my "scientific test"...lol. On my old bike (2012 Specialized Epic 29'er) on my 11.5 mile test track my fastest time was 1h:01m and that was on a night ride following some really fast local riders I am friends with. Same course on the new bike in daylight hours I clocked in a 58m ride by myself. Lots of my friends grumbled that I drank the koolaide and was only trying to inflate the shop mgr's sales, not really the case. The bike was faster in the corners and was a lot easier to get going out of the corners and up hills vs my 29'er.
Went out today and laid down a 60m lap of the same trail, I just wasn't feeling it so I was really expecting my times to be higher, I was surprised when I saw the finish time.
I raced the bike last weekend, for my group (cat3 30-39) with 26 riders I ended up with a 6th place finish, prob would have done better but a new rider/racer got in front of us on the spring out of the gate and held me up for about a mile before I pushed around him, by then the leaders were a ways out.
I am happily pleased with the bike, going to keep putting miles on it and then sometime next year either buy a set of Stan's carbon wheelset or build a set (Stan's carbon rim with DT Swiss 240 or 180 hubs).
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