July 28, 2008
Super Fast up and downhill. Great geometry, takes rough terrain really well, extremely solid ride, very light. Rides like a Cadillac on rocks, ruts, etc.
It comes with the wrong hardware(in my unknowledgable opinion) Shimano top dog carbon derailer, Shimano brakes, lightweigt tires. If this bike came outfitted with the Scalpel hardware, it would be PERFECT!! I am changing stuff out as I go along....
I rode a top dog Ellesworth, same day, same trail when I bought the Rize. No comparison.
(To be fair, I have only owned and ridden Cannondale, with the exception of Santa Cruz which I rent out west and thought was a great bike, but the Rize is a whole nother level of bike)
If you are a serious rider, or a serious for fun rider like me...this bike kills. Like the new Scalpel, this is an excellent machine, though it costs.....I LOVE it, and I think I ride pretty hard, looking for rough, fast terrain as opposed to forest roads or singletrack.....