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    1 Month Prophet 1-MX Review

    One thing to note about the bike...I put a 2.25" stroke Fox DHX Coil shock on it and that upped the travel to about 163mm and I swapped out the 36 Air for the Van Coil for 160 up front. Total bike weight is 34 lbs.

    Bike kicks ass...strong enough for 7' drops (well...that's the biggest I've done and about the biggest I go at the moment) and it pedals nice. The Thru-12 feels great...much stiffer than my Gemini. It climbs great, not quite as good as a full-on XC bike but better than most FR or DH bikes for sure. The body position on the bike is great...more upright like a FR bike than an XC bike. The top tube is a bit short but once you start climbing you realize why...The bike also has a gusset under the head tube for extra strength (the MX series Prophets have this and the thru-12 while normal Prophets don't). It eats up the good descents and has tight handling. A bit loose climbing but it climbs well above average for a FR bike.

    Overall the bike ****ing rocks...The trails I ride are XC oriented in the way that you have to go up no matter what...but once up the terrain is VERY tech with lots of rock gardens and stunts. 4-10' drops are pretty norm as well as log rides, jumps and bridges. The downhills can be very steep and there are lots of steep rollers to be found. But like I said...there is plenty of climbing there as well. This bike does it all with no problems...exactly what I was looking for.

    If you are looking at a Nomad, a 6.6 or something similar, do your self a favor and check out the prophet. If you ride slightly more to the FR side then check out the Prophet MX like mine.

    Tom

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    Yet another happy Prophet owner! Looks like you are having fun which is the point on this bike.

    I'm slightly turning my regular Prophet 2000 more towards FR this spring. I slapped the swingarm in FR mode, put back the gummy High Rollers on and just today, I ordered an e.13 Supercharger and a 36T chainring to replace the 32T I have on now... With my Eggbeaters, Carbon Lefty and Crossmax SL, it's nowhere as freeridable as your MX but I don't do 7' drops either, it's just a 'have-fun-do-anything' trail bike.

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    I actually ridw with it in the XC mode most of the time...the HT angle is certinly not 69deg...mabey it's the 36 VAN and/or the spacer under the HT to clear the 36, but it is almost as slack as my Gemini (in 170mm) in when in the XC mode. The FR mode is way to sluggish for most trails here in Westchester Co., NY (at least I feel so).

    Tom

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    You're probably right, seeing both a 1-MX and a Lefty equipped Prophet in FR mode side by side, the MX seems slacker angled...

    As for my bike, I'm just experimenting, I never used the FR mode for more than a few minutes so I just want to try it for a longer period just to see what it's like, I'll probably end up going back to XC after a while, depends if I like it or not or where I am going to ride.

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