Attachment 1103963Wrench Science, in Berkeley, set me up with a really nice bike for Tahoe last week. My usual ride is 5-Spot/160 PIKE/Chris King wheels/XT Build 2 x 10. Henry, at Wrench Science let me try some modern features on a Patrol. SRAM 1 x 11, Lyrik 160, New RaceFace dropper post, Magura 4 piston DH brakes, DHF 2.5 Wide Tire front/DHR 3C rear. sub 30 pound build. Trail was Spooner Lake climb to bench, Downhill to Kingsbury, crushing climb to Van Sickle and down, 26 miles / 3600 ft climbing at 7000 ft elev . Transition Patrol is a monster truck decsender, review over. Just kidding, but that sentence sums up a lot of my experience. Pointed down hill, the Patrol was as nimble as my 5-Spot, but more forgiving and more comfortable travel. Going Mach speed through granite chunk, If you missed a line by a 1/2 inch and sideswiped a small rock, Patrol/DHF had you covered with massive traction and a stable steering recovery. What is a thrill ride on my 5-Spot, became less of a chore, and you just motor on, on a bigger bike. I thought the Lyrik 160 paired perfectly with the Patrol. My friend has a 150 PIKE, to save weight and that makes sense too. Anyhow, the steering throught switchbacks, chunder, and high speed Boulder dodging was perfect (2-3 foot tall boulders on side of trails always grabbing at your bike, you use body English to maneuver bike around them when you are going faster than you should be going). I got the bike 2.5-3ft off the ground a few times, stable in flight, all good for landing. This bike slays the downs, and its as fast as you want to be on pedally downward sections. Comparing to the Pivot Firebird I Test rode, this bike is very similiar the steeper/faster it gets (same tires on both bikes, these 3C wide front DHF tires are superior). On the uphill sections, this is not the fastest climbing suspension setup. I would need to run more pressure than the 35% SAG calls for, if I did another ride where you climb for an hour to start, then reduce pressure at top. It was my first ride on a Rockshock Monarch plus, it's a great rear shock. Maybe a custom lockout tune on the climb lever? But I like to climb more than most people, so pay no heed to that if you are more about the downhills. I like the XT 8000 brakes on my own bike better than the 4 piston Maguras, but they are very adjustable levers, great lever feel, and a little more powerful, which helped my hands over a 5 hour riding session. Lyrik Awesome. SRAM shifter is a precise, but this bike was all about the Transition Carbon frame. One of the most comfortable 5 hours I have had on singletrack. Great bike! Thanks Wrench Science!
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