Lots of people are asking Does the Atls climb Ok so Mr. flat pedal masher on the climb, get me a chair lift went out for a XC ride. Two thing to remember i hate climbing & the bike was set up for AM/DH riding. I did the first 1/2 of the climb in the middle ring then had to drop into granny to get to the top. The trail is all switch backs so it's allot of endurance with some short steeps, by the way i got passed by 2 women & they left me in the dust, not that thats a bad thing but they were talking & i was dieing & they never offered to push me the rest of the way up. The rear shock does a great job of keeping the back wheel on the dirt while absorbing roots & rocks while going up. The fork has been Devolved but BoB is not a problem is the 7WT fork fluid making up for the now missing SPV. Once at the top it's some really sweet single track with small berms on the tight corners to rail off, wow the 25' narrow bars feel really good here. This is a high speed section on a multi use trail that also goes in either direction so coming off blind corners you better be ready to react. Now were talking!! sweet high speed DH fire road with rain bars & ruts, im at home here yehaww!! A nice easy trail back then hook a left & back to the dreaded mash UP hill, but i did the whole thing in the middle ring.
Conclusion - the Atlas climbs almost as well as the Asta, imagine that The Asta is quicker through the tight stuff but the Atlas was faster over all for me because you can hit the rough stuff harder. Climbing it's not a Asta but it's not a wimp it climbs extremely well, made my lame arz look like i could kinda climb.
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