First of all I just want to say that I love this bike. I came off a used European bike called an Orange Sub 5. It wasnt half the bike this is. Also I am pretty new to the MTB scene, I grew up racing Motocross, so the switch on to the pedals has been pretty smooth.
Now to the bike. I love the 29in wheels compared to the 26s. Even for going downhill, I think that the 26s are a joke. Im in love with the command post and the design of the frame, especially the top tube. The 29 doesnt quite have the flickable feeling the 26 does, and its a little harder to place the rear end at low speed, but in my opinion thats minor compared to the upsides.
Now for my dislikes.The brakes on this thing are a joke, I am looking to upgrade just looking for some suggestions before i pull the the trigger. Also the 140mm Rockshox are OK, butnot up to par if your looking for something to really hammer into the rough. And last but not least my front deraileur was out of adjustment after the first ride, that was upsetting.
Overall I am very pleased with the feel of this bike and its climbing capability. The confidence I have to clear the large rocks without feeling like Im about to go over the bars, and the feel of just a bigger bike. I wish I had the bank to just go for the Expert edition right off the bat, but im 20 years old struggling to make due.
Any suggestions on a better brake setup and a 34 fork that wont break the bank?
By the way, Im 180 lbs, 6'0, and im on a large frame.
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Thread: 2013 SJ Evo Comp 29er
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