March 11, 2009
Smooth ride, handles well on tight tracks, SRAM equipment is top notch, shocks are great!
Brakes are a little difficult to adjust properly, the Bontrager bars are a bit uncomfortable
This was my first FS bike; I have a Trek 4300. I got this bike for a steal, so I couldn't pass it up. I immediately swapped out the Bontrager bars with my old 4300's, since I did not like the riding position; this made a world of difference. The stock saddle is suprisingly comfortable, and the SRAM X7 shifters and rear derailleur ROCK...crisp shifts, and no adjustments necessary! The bike looks sharp, and the ride is smooth and this thing carves real well. I noticed the brakes are a bit sluggish, and are a bit difficult to get adjusted properly for optimal performance. The shocks are pretty good, and this bike definitely absorbs the bumps like it should.I'm also very impressed with the tires that came with the bike; they ride real well and bite good for climbing. Although this bike is a tad on teh heavy side, it feels much lighter under normal use, and is well balanced.