Just thought I would post up some info about my experience w/the Highline so far.
Despite the weather I've been able to get alot of riding in. As some of you know I was running the frame w/the shorter shock for a bit (7.875 x 2.25.) The bike felt great but I did infact have some tire rub on full compression (despite my frame being a small.)
After switching to the standard shock I realize that it may have been a bit *too* slack (Yes, I think that's possible .) Despite having a slightly higher BB now I feel alot more comfortable cornering with the normal shock on.. Perhaps it's because I'm used to a slightly steeper HA.
My previous ride was a Bottle Rocket (I swapped all the components over except the rear wheel and crankset.) I really enjoyed the low standover and ability to toss the bike around. The highline really exceeded my expectations by retaining these same characteristics but having more travel available for the big hits.
As far as pedal-abilty I think the Highline wins here as well. I'm not sure if the main pivot placement is better or I have my suspension dialed but I think the HL is a slightly more efficient climber. Weight is probably sixes (I don't really feel that the HL is a heavier bike.) Allthough I don't have any actual weight comparison it's pretty amazing that the frames are about the same weight considering the highline has a larger bb, wider rear hub spacing and longer stroke shock. I really think Dave spent a good amount of time trimming the "fat" on this frame. I'm actually thinking about racing Super D on this bike because I'm not gnar enough for DH.
For maintenance the HL wins here also. Despite some really soggy/muddy riding conditions this thing hasn't so much as made a squeek. The der hanger is also absolute beef and despite it's expensive price ($40.00) I don't think Ill be shearing one off unless I have a seriously freak accident.
Bottom line they are both excellent bikes. While the Transition frame may give you a little more freeride-gnar 'cred and the Turner will get you into the "bike snob" club.. the reduced maintenance, excellent customer service and increased travel (-such a crutch! p) were really the deciding factors for me.
On to the action pics :
Thanks again to Kris and the guys @go-ride for hooking me up and having the patience to answer all my spring questions.
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