Got my new bike built up last week and first rides this past weekend. Still waiting on the new fork, so haven't gotten a final weight yet. The fork on there now is a 2012 RLC, I sold the stock fork and ordered a 2013 CTD w/ Trail Adjust to replace it.
Roval Carbon wheels
Specialized Phenom saddle
Easton EC90 110mm stem
Ergon GS1 grips
Crankbrothers Eggbeater 11s
Schwalbe Rocket Ron/Racing Ralph (currently Snakeskins for rocky race this weekend, will be EVOs normally)
I have been riding a 2012 SF29 since last February. It was a very impressive bike, I loved the handling and the suspension pedaled well. I was a Specialized devotee for many years before, but that experience was enough to persuade me onto this bike for the long term.
Compared to the SF29, the difference in weight is very noticeable when moving the bike around on the trail. I never really noticed the weight of the SF29 before, and I still wouldn't say it was bad, but now whipping around on the FS01 the difference is very apparent. I'm not sure I can feel any difference accelerating (no climbs around here to really feel a difference on) but the handling is clearly lighter. The frame stiffness helps in the corners, I thought the SF29 was stiff but this one holds a line even better. I had been using these wheels on the SF29 also so the differences I'm feeling are in the frame. The rear suspension is plusher, probably due to the new damper with the Kashima coat and the new bushing at the top shock mount. I wouldn't say it's more active under pedaling though, just plusher through the rough. I didn't feel a huge difference between the Descend and Trail positions, but Climb is very stiff, pretty much locked out. Feelings are subjective, but the proof is in the numbers: my first 2 days on the bike I set 8 new PRs, 3 of them KOMs. It's fast.
There are some great deals out there right now on the X0 SF29 and I recommend it highly if that's your pricepoint, but if you're looking for an ultimate race or trail bike light stiff and fast, the FS01 is the ticket.
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