Alright, I've had a lot of time in the saddle now, I feel like I can give it a good 1 month review. I've been riding the bike about once a day, I took the bike up mt st helens and it did great! I did not use the sliver, but a reba that day. Helens put a lot of abuse onto the frame, I was certainly not used to 2.0" XC tires and a stiff rear end. I followed my buddies up and down. The bikes they used were a, 2005 stock giant reign, and a older 2003 specialized enduro.
I've been LOVING the bike so far, its been a great ride! Its taken me a long time to get used to SS, now I kinda like it. the sliding dropouts are great! my chain stretched a little (normal) and it was very easy to re-tension the chain. I've put some really hard climbs on the frame, the dropouts did not move.
The frame has been great, I cant say enough about it! but the frame isnt everything...now for the components.
I think that the Trophy SS is really well balanced. My Trophy weighs in at 22.39 pounds with the super heavy well go platforms (not stock) it is the lightest bike I've ever owned. Coming in second place was my old iron horse warrior at 27.1 pounds. I'm in love with the Avid BB-7 brakes, they were so simple to get properly adjusted! I wish every brake was this easy to set up. They're still a little bit in their wear in stage though (avid brakes in my experience take a lot longer to wear in)
The Manitou Sliver came as a real surprise! TPC dampened, compression/rebound adjustment, air and a lockout! fork is LIGHT too! Took little time out of the box to wear in, is butter now.
The cranks have been great, so complaints there at all, stem was a little sketchy.. was afraid I was going to crack it tightening the clamps. but its holding up fine. bars/seatpost havent given me any trouble even with a few crashes on them.
My favorite component that came on the bike though, aside from the brakes, is the wheelset. Novatech hubs on DS2-XC sun rims. The novatech hubs I had never heard of, I figured they were some branch off of joytech or something. but they're seriously very...VERY nice hubs. the wheels are built well and its a very solid wheelset. The novatech hubs sound like my friends chris king hubs, real good buzzzz to them.
anyway, heres a few more close up pics of everything, got some closeups of the welds/paint so you can see how beautiful this bike really is. I hardly ever wash my bikes, last time the Zone got a bath was up at whistler. but the trophy's paint inspires me to keep the bike clean. just look at the pics and you'll see why
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