Thought I would post a few pics and thoughts on my new Soul Dillinger for those interested. First of all its my first hard tail as well as 29er so my experience in those areas is limited, however I am extremely happy with it. My initial intention was to get a bike that would be used when my full suspension was not needed especially for things like the Whiskey Off Road and Flagstaff Barn Burner with a lot of fire roads. So far I have been pleasantly surprised in the bikes all around capability. Bumps seem to be deadened far more than I expected and climbing has been a blast even when it gets a little rocky. My initial thoughts were how stable the bike feels and the 20 inch frame fits me very comfortably and I am about 6'1, stand over is not roomy but has enough. Right now I am giving the 1x9 a try and think it would be perfect if I could get the front ring to be a 30tooth and then get a 26 tooth cassette in the rear for steep loose climbs. But I am going to hang in with what I got for a while and see if I can build up a little extra leg strength. Chad from Soul Cycles was great to work with and it seems he takes a lot of pride and attention to detail on his bikes, plus he is local. After a hand full of rides I would say the bike is a aggressive xc bike, the geometry is a comfortable xc that gives confidence when it gets steep and holds its own in the rocks. Any thoughts or experiences are welcome.
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