December 16, 2014
Smooth and quiet
Travel to spare
Cable wiring isn't "ideal" but I can see why it's that way
I've built this bike up at 27.5 pounds with the following: ibis 741 wheelset, maxxis ikon front, conti race king rear (more on that choice in a minute), fox 34 160 pushed, XX1 group set, hope tech 3 E4 brakes, answer carbon bars, Thompson dropper post, wtb pure V seat.
This is replacing my much loved mach 5.7 aluminum. Everything the mach 5.7 was amazing at, this bike improves upon! I find it easier to pedal uphill, way smoother on the downs! I really didn't think you couldn't do any better than the 5.7. I did drink the 27.5 koolaide, and I figured I'd jump on the side rim thing too (those are amazing as well). So I built this bike up, then we moved to wichita Kansas...I'm told kansas is the 7th flattest state, but wichita itself has NO HILLS... Big bummer with a bike that is touted as an amazing downhill bike. However, I was simply floored with this bikes ability to accelerate and maintain speed on flats! Don't worry, I've ridden it in northwest arkansas and southwest Missouri on the worst it can throw, and it just simply shines. If you were like me and worried about climbing capabilities, forget it! You'll forget you're even on a 6 inch travel bike...until you need it, and it's there! I don't know if you've ever heard of the ouachita challenge, but I would ride it in that race in a heartbeat!