I’ve got about 20 rides on my 27.5 Megatrail now so it’s time for a review. Trails ridden include Snow Summit, Car Wreck, Rock-it, Lizard, Rattlesnake, Oakley Trails, the jump line at Temecula, and The Luge.
Rider specs: 50, 6’2, 245lbs with gear, intermediate.
• Frame: Large, 650B, in raw aluminum
• Shock: Started with CC DBinline Air but switched to CCDB CS as my weight put me near the max PSI on the DBinline Air (245lbs/250psi)
• Fork: 160mm Pike Dual Position Air
• Headset Cane Creek 110
• Handlebar: Started with Race Face Turbine, switched to SIXC 20mm rise to stretch out the cockpit (800mm wide)
• Stem: Atlas 35 x 50mm
• Grips: Race Face Half Nelson. Switched out for ODI Kyle Strait because the Half Nelson slipped on the bar, and then started to fall apart after two crashes.
• Brakes: Shimano XT – 180mm/203mm
• Drivetrain: 1x11, Turbine 175mm cranks, 32t Narrow/Wide, 42t Guerrilla Gravity B.F.C.
• Pedals: Canfield Bros. Crampon Ultimate
• Rims: Light-Bicycle Carbon 35mm Hookless
• Hubs: Hadley
• Tires: Hans Dampf 2.35 front, Nobby Nic 2.25 rear for everyday, HRII rear for gnar
• Saddle: Race Face Aeffect
• Seatpost: KS Super Natural
• Weight with Nobby Nic on the back is just over 31lbs.
What’s unique about the Megatrail:
Made in the USA. Has three modes: Trail (150mm), Gravity (160mm) and Super Gravity (160mm). Each setting feels like a different bike. In Trail Mode, it climbs very well, and still gobbles downhill. In Gravity Mode the head angle gets slacker, the bottom bracket drops, and it rides like a downhill bike that you can still pedal uphill. Changing between modes requires a 6mm hex wrench and 30 seconds to change shock mount holes. I have not tried it in Super Gravity mode yet and mostly ride in Trail Mode unless I’m taking a lift to the top.
The Megatrail Experience:
This is one of the nicest, most satisfying things I’ve owned. Coming off a Large 2006 Giant Reign (Push’d) there is no comparison. I started off planning to get a carbon fiber frame and rented and rode the Process 134, Process 153, Santa Cruz Bronson, Santa Cruz 5010, Trance, Trance SX, and Rocky Mountain Altitude. I read some reviews of the Megatrail and one of their customers was nice enough to let me test ride his medium frame. It took me four hours to drive to him but after 30 minutes on the bike I was sold.
The order and spec process with GG was enjoyable with the high-level of service you’d expect for a custom build.
I like carbon, but I’m glad I chose aluminum. This bike inspires me to ride much more aggressively than I had before. I’ve had some pretty epic crashes and every time I do I just dust the bike off, buff out the scratches and soldier on. I put a gouge in the top tube that would have required a repair in carbon, but it just adds character to the Megatrail. Meanwhile my buddy is looking for a new frame to replace the carbon S-Works Enduro he just cracked. His Enduro weighs 5lbs less than my Megatrail, but all the same he’s considering the Megatrail as a replacement. In a perfect world I’d have a carbon 5010 and a Megatrail, but since I have to choose one it’s the Megatrail.
The frame is seriously stiff, more so than the carbon bikes I tried. And that’s good because at my weight most frames are pushing their limits on high-G corners. Not any more though.
I was a little worried that this bike would be too much travel for where I ride (Orange County) but it turns out to be just right for how I ride. It climbs as well or better than all of the bikes I tested in terms of traction (can’t do anything about the weight) and it absolutely crushes them on the downhill. Wheelies and manuals are easy, it rails corners, it’s very stable in the air, and brilliant in rock gardens. It’s happiest at speed but plenty flickable for slow, tight singletrack. But for sure, if you climb to go down this is the bike for you.
This is subjective, but I’ve got a background in design and the logos look subpar to me. The frame is sick though and I get more questions about this bike than any of the others I demoed.
I’m not loving the Nobby Nic on the 35mm rim, it’s squishy and rolls in corners even at 32psi. Could be the rim width, my weight, or both, but I’ll replace it with an Ardent or something else. The LB rims are good to go though.
The Crampon pedals are nice, but a bit narrow for my 13W feet, and as a result I’ve been thrashing the sides of my 5.10 Freeriders. I’ll keep them on though, they work and they look sick, hopefully that will offset the duct tape I’m going to have to wrap my shoes with.
Congratulations to the crew at Guerrilla Gravity, nice work all the way around.
Results 1 to 12 of 12
Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!
See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »