as i had promised weeks ago i am back for the review of this bike. For those who love all-mountain rides (including lot of uphills -road & dirt) this bike will be your best friend. Brain setting is so useful. U want to go up. So all u have to do is press the lever for the extended position of the dropper post, climb mode on fox fork and full firm setting on the brain. Yes my friends, now u ride a hardtail. And yes the bike is light. Go full tubeless and a pair of of 350-400 gr flat pedals and u are in paradise. Of course dont expect it to climb like a hardtail of 9 kg.
Now lets move onto the downhill section. It was my 1st time on a full-suspension bike and a 29er. Will i go back to 26er? NO !
The traction is amazing. This bike eats everything. Descend mode on fork and soft setting on brain. Now u can do whatever the f@@@ u want. This bike belongs to the trail category, in the specialised site. And this is where it should be. When i rode my old hardtail in the local trail, many times i thought i would go over the stem and thats why i used a lot of braking. Now i think i am riding on a smooth road, ahahah. The SLX brakes of shimano do such a great job. And yes i had full icetech set of XT on my hardtail and i can't tell the difference. So many rock sections in my trails and i ride over them so easily. Unfortunately, for those who want to ask about how the bike is in tight corners, i cannot tell, as the trails here have none. So u have finished going down. Can u go top again or do u need a friend with a car to carry u back ? Believe me u can.
The only thing that is disturbing i would say (not bad necessarily), is that after a few rides the dropper post seems to lose the air. So after 2-3 days, i must go to the LBS again to fill it. Don't be afraid of the dropper post. All u have to do is very slightly move your ass up. U are in charge and not the seat. If u suddenly stand up and press the lever, then your gonads will hurt. U should 'lighly' stand on the seat and with your body movement let the seat come in top.
Sorry for my english. I am not an experienced guy in reviews. I hope i helped in my way. Unfortunately the pics posted, are from the first day the bike was set up. I haven't any other.
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