Chilcotin and Endorphin: A 6 month review (x-post from AM)
KNOLLY Chilcotin and Endorphin: A 6 month review
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The only question left unanswered is which color is faster. You said that Endo is a purpose built trail slayer, but how much of that is built into that yellow? Would the Chili be faster if it was yellow?
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Nice write up, thats helped alot in differentiating the Endo from my Chili. Thanks.
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Excellent job. Well written; and you let the pictures tell a story that most wouldn't believe. I still can't fathom riding up that stuff.
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It depends on the situation. If you are posing, yellow is much faster. If you are riding, raw is lighter and faster. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
Originally Posted by Calhoun
Great review. The pictures illustrate the points you made very well.
The question I have is which bike would you use if half of the ride was in South Mountain like terrain and another half was a lot less technical. Talking about 25-30 miles with 6-8K climbing total.
a quick question for you.
im in the process of building up a endo, im aiming for a lightish build. what do you think of the fox ctd shock, is it any good or is it not worth using, should i swap it out for somthing else. what shock would you recomend as a replacement. if it helps i will be running a bos deville fork, 160mm taperd, thanks in advance mate, ian.
The Chili is just so fun in the technical stuff. If I HAD to have only 1 bike, it would be the Chili, built lighter. Right now it is 33lbs which is not an issue at all. However, if I were to be riding it for more epic rides, I could easily drop 3lbs from the bike. The Chili rides and pedals very well. I would be hesitant to over build an Endorphin as it would take away from what makes it so special, being light, taught, and super playful.
Originally Posted by bike_la
This is really a tough question. I guess it depends on what your riding priority is. The Endo will handle South Mountain, just not as fast or smooth. If you live for the climb, the fast and flowy sections, then Endo might be the right choice for you. If you live for chunk like we do, the Chili can't be beat.
I have no issues at all with the CDT. I run it in descend mode all the time. Other than experimenting, I have never run the shock in the trail mode. I'm not sure I would change the shock out for another option. The Fox is so reliable, the dampening works, and the rebound on the CDT works better for me than the previous RP23 I was on. There is absolutely no wallow, yet ramp up is nice and smooth without even a hint of spiking. This is a pretty confident statement considering I am running the pinnacle of shocks on my Chili.
Originally Posted by delirian
Not to mention the new Fox hardware is the best out there IMO with the DU bushings.
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