November 11, 2009
Reasonably light for the price point yet solid/well-built. Climbs well for an entry level bike.
Geomerty ill-suited to bike's stated purpose. Lousy fork.
I rented this bike for a week in SW Utah and was largely disappointed. The geometry was more cross-country race oriented, but this is suppoed to be a five inch trailbike. The weight bias was too far forward, which made highly technical downhills less fun and the steering was twitchy. The Rock Shox Tora fork was supposed to be 5 inches, but I don't think I ever got mroe than three out of it. This would be a good bike if you're a cross country rider looking for a bit more cush, but if you're a trail rider who thrives in the rocky, technical stuff, you need to look elsewhere.