the ion18 is whatever you want it to be. based on the specs i thought nicolai had lost the plot and killed the AFR for a bike only suited to DH/FR(150 rear, low bb etc). Turns out its just as capable as the AFR at climbing but handles a good bit better on the downs. its a great allrounder. that ones 38lb with dh wheels, hammerschmidt and coil. 35lb should be easy enough which takes it within 1lb of the AM!