This is sweet rolling machine. It is going to be a game changer for long haul rides. Frame was 6.2 lbs and total build is 26.6 pounds. Aluminum tubing is just beautiful. Machining artful. I like Ellsworth hooking up with Loaded for componentry. I only got the Loaded headset with my build, but actually wish I had gotten more of their stuff. Looks very nice...and light weight. Only 15 miles on the bike at this point.
A couple critiques. Needs a quick release for the seatpost. Should come stock with one. Will be buying one straight away. Second, weird as it may seem for a more xc rig, I would like the option of an adjustable seatpost, but there really are not many options (Kind brand never heard of them before) for this in a 27.2 seatpost diameter, also no guides on the frame for a remote access. I have been surprised how much I like the adjustable seatpost feature on my previous rig. Also, wish the water bottle holder could be mounted in the frame triangle, not beneath. Can't reach the water bottle way down there when riding, and it is just a dirt magnet from front tire fling.
Overall, I think this is going to be a ridiculously good ride. I was flabbergasted two years ago riding the Evolve 100mm how the 29er smoothed out the trail duff, dimples, sticks, and stones so well. Have been through Truth, Epiphany, Moment with a push toward more travel, and have taken a step down to shorter travel with the big hoops. Feels like the natural transition beyond the very very good Epiphany for the long long techy xc trails which I crave. I have been waiting around for a 120-140mm travel 29er and I have to say I am extremely happy with this offering.
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