October 13, 2017
Great geometry- Slack front end, tight in the back. Fun and fast
Garbage chain tensioner/guide
First of all, let's get the bad stuff out of the way. The chain guide/tensioner that comes with this bike is is a piece of garbage. Your chain is guaranteed to fall off on every ride. Solution: Buy a Raceface narrow wide chainring and remove the plastic chain guide tensioner. Problem solved. Also, square taper bottom brackets are fine, but seems kinda cheap of DB to have this on a 2017 rig. Finally, thru-axle hubs would have been nice, but not a big deal.
Positives- This bike just flies down technical single track. It's stable but agile at the same time. It gives you a ton of confidence. Maybe too much. This hardtail can basically go where full-suspension bikes go with no drama at all. It's like a full sus in disguise. Also, the Tektro Hydraulic brakes are surprisingly good. But then again, I only weigh 155 lbs. I thought that the Suntour XCR Fork would be junk, but it's not that bad. I'll be upgrading soon though to a Raidon Air Fork and a KS dropper seat post. The 9 speed SRAM drivetrain is great. I actually prefer this over 10 or 11 speed on an MTB. Set it and forget it. Finally, I really like the wide handlebars on my medium size. Another reviewer said it was too wide, but I disagree. If so, they can easily be cut down.
Over-all this an awesome bike and worth every penny.