..........coming up to the three month mark on my 5S purchase. The season has actually been quite accomodating & I have seen quite a bit of decent riding (on a side note, I am getting on into SS'ing as of late & that has put a lil' damper on my 'fully trips....but..) So far I am without many complaints. I bought the Spot to be the do-all-end-all (save DH/ FR of course) & it has really lived up to the task. As I remarked initially, a fine climber indeed. I have also found it to corner exceptionally well in off camber-twitchy situations, as well as your typical high-speed/ low-traction zones. Overall a great handling bike. The large fits me just right & although the steep seat post still has me guessing some days with too much weight over the front (or so it seems to me as I like to 'rear-wheel' into most nasty stuff) I have mostly adjusted to it. Stickers have held up just fine & other than an initial concern, so has the finish.
I would also add that the Hope Mono Mini's have been a great setup on the 5S. They have worked great since the initial break-in, with scarcely a peep from them. They are very similar in feel to my Shimano XT's (which I like) & only exceed them in areas of finish & detail. I would definitely recommend the Hopes!!!
OK......just a couple pics (as I am dial-up at home & haven't the patience at the moment.) Perhaps I'll add more from work later in the week (with better light levels-cloudy here today)
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