I finally got a day off to take my Mojo out. Too soon to fully describe the bike's character, but I'd have to agree with most of the other descriptions. The bike climbs substantially better than any of my FSRs or Ventana bikes I've owned. Still on the downhills the tires remain glued to the ground while riding over sharp-edges rocks. Handling is very neutral and there no surprises. Oh, and frame noise and chain slap was way less than I had anticipated (partially attributed to the rear derailleur mod explained below).
As for the new XTR stuff, it works as you'd probably expect--totally precise and intuative. The shifters were the biggest surprise. The double-tap upshift feature, as well as the bi-directional release, of the rear shifter isn't a gimmick. It was actually very useful on several technical sections. Brakes were consistant and easy to modulate, although I could still use more power. Perhaps after they bed in after a few more rides...
Weight with the XTR pedals came in at 24.92 pounds.
I ordered the bike with the XTR build kit. Here are the parts I changed:
XTR Rear Derailleur: I modified the spring tension by disassembling the main pivot spring, re-drilling the spring tab hole about 90 degrees from the original and reassembling. This keeps the derailleur from banging against the frame and does not affect derailleur performance.
Wheels: DT 190 Ceramic Hubs with DT Revolution spokes and DT XR 4.2d rims. I hand-built these and saved a bit of weight. Front and rear were 655 and 741 grams (vs. 696 and 845 grams for the XTR).
Tires: WTB MotoRaptor 2.24 K front and rear. Some of my favorite tires and super-light at 620 grams each.
Seat Post: Ritchey WCS carbon 31.8mm
Handlebars: Ritchey WCS Lo Rizer carbon
Saddle: WTB Silverado SLT (195 grams)
Headset: Ritchey WCS carbon
Seat collar: Ibis Silk bolt-on
Here's the pictures from the maiden voyage on Cuesta Ridge (San Luis Obispo, CA):
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