In a first-world bike conundrum and looking for input.
Me: 6'2, 190, reasonably fit and technically adept. I live in the Phoenix metro area and most of my "XC" or "trail" rides involve a fair amount of steep, punchy climbs punctuated with a lot of square edges. Then a lot of steep, loose descents littered with rock drops and a lot of high-speed chunk.
My current stable:
-- 2011 Intense M9 DH bike
-- 2012 Titus El Guapo. This is my "everyday" bike, coil/coil, slackset, plush, about 34 pounds
-- 2012 Transition Trans Am 29er. I just sold this bike, freeing up some bike funds and I'm pretty well done with 29ers, at least for now (that's a different story).
The DH bike isn't going anywhere. The hole in the lineup is a bike that's a bit lighter and more efficient pedaling.
I do have a bike problem and have owned any number of high-end rigs, including two Spots (one 5 and one 5.5, both Horst) and an RFX. All were great for riding here in the desert. The newer EG is even better. The bike is an absolute beast on the descents, totally rips technical stuff, but it's a plodding climber at best with the platform-less coil.
So, I'm considering the Burner. At its price point, I will probably have to let go of the EG, too, to justify it. And, honestly, I'm interested in going back to a two-bike stable, which in this case would be the Burner and the M9 for shuttling.
I have only owned one DW bike, which was a Pivot Mach 5.7. I love the company and the people who work at Pivot, but I do have to say, for me, the M5.7 was the worst bike I've ever owned. It was efficient, but would get hung up on ledges climbing and was noodly and easily overwhelmed in high-speed chunk.
I don't want to make another expensive mistake and realistically, I won't get to test the Burner on that type of terrain.
What I'm looking for is a sub-30 pound bike that is efficient and somewhat active/plush on the climbs and that can still slay technical downhill riding without being flexy or overwhelmed by multiple square-edge hits.
Anyone riding a Burner on this type of terrain? I'm very anxious to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks for bearing with this long post.
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