4 months after its purchase, I finally got my first ride on my bike. I am 205 lbs clothed, 6'2" with 35" inseam, and have a XL, so I got a 1 inch shorter stem and narrower bars and it fits perfect. I also swapped out the cranks for the XT's so I don't run into chain suck problems in the future.
I haven't ridden a bike in a year, and with a new bike and only basic shock settings 180 psi rear, 90 front) I didn't expect much from the ride but tinkering and a good light workout.
This bike rides like a dream. I have been riding 20+ years and I think it's the best bike I have ever had. It is definitely the best climber I have ever had. I came across some short very steem climbs that I would only dream of making but as long as I kept my butt in the saddle, and kept cranking, it stayed glued to the trail and I almost felt the rear wheel move ahead of me. I am thinking that although this bike is agile everywhere, climbing is its specialty.
Everything else was wonderful. Could I do that same on 120mm travel? Yes, but coming from a 160mm travel bike, I never felt that 140 was too much. It is also very light right out of the box and rode like a light bike.
Shimano has done a great job with this series of XT level componentry. It shifter crisply and perfectly all ride.
I can't wait to get the Haven wheels and UST tires on it and see if it is any better. It's so nice to not only have your expectations met, but far exceeded.
I have a 4 day trip scheduled to Kingdom Trails in VT at the end of the month so after that I will give a better report.
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