First Ride with Fly Team Ti 29er XO-
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    First Ride with Fly Team Ti 29er XO

    First ride with the Fly Team Ti 29er XO yesterday. So nice to ride a new bike again. The shock on my old bike was trashed and it was nice to have one that actually absorbs again.

    I as worried about putting 2100 down for a bike unseen and unfit, but the fit was perfect. I am 6'5", about 215 with 36" bike inseam. Was also worried about the quality of the frame, but it seemed more than adequate for me, and the ride was better than any of the AL or CF hardtails I tested out at the bike shop.

    I took it in to the LBS to have them pump up the shock for me, which they did for free since I bought a bunch of other stuff, and they thought the bike was great and espeically for the price. I had looked at a 1800$ salsa Ti frame (frame only), so 2100 for a complete bike, I think I got a slightly better deal.

    Riding a 29er for the first time took some getting used to. I was slow as hell at first and could not keep a straight line to save my life. Probably hit more trees and crashed more times than I have in the last year in just this one ride. The wheels felt really wobbly and loose since I was used to riding DTSwiss 440 hubs on X321 rims. BUT, I checked at the end of the ride and everything was still perfectly straight and true.

    The handle bar is ridiculously narrow and I dont know how anyone could steer consistently or confidently with it. I will replace that with a wider riser and a 30deg short stem ASAP since I dont like to reach too much.

    The seat is hard as a rock, but I guess if you are used to that kind of seat, it would be fine. I am not and replaced with my cushy seat from my old bike before the ride.

    Anyway, I am one happy customer. I go as fast as I can and want a bike that will hold up to my legendary and spectacular crashes and this fit the bill, tested and proven on the first ride.

    Future upgrades will probably be...

    1. Med cage derailleur.
    2. Wider riser handlebars.
    3. Shorted, more angled stem.
    4. More aggressive tires, maybe ghetto tubeless.

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    whoops, wrong picture.

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