July 22, 2009
For me at 6'3" and 250lbs, the 20" frame is a perfect fit, especially after adding a mid riser bar. These specs are a bit outdated, as mine has Reba Race shocks. Lots of fun to ride, especially if your LBS works with you to properly set it up and fit you the first time.
Mine came with WTB Dual Duty 29â€ Disc rims, 32H, with Shimano M495 CenterLock disc hubs. The hubs are a bit on the lower price scale and should have been Deore SLX at least. The WTB MotoRaptor tires are slow and get punctured easily. The Dual Duty rims are very strong, but hard to mount tires on and get the bead set right the first time without resorting to using dish soap and high pressure.
This is my first 29er and has been all fun and grins for me. First new bike I've had in 18 years and I feel like a kid again.
Except for the hubs, the bike has very nice components spec'd for the price. I've since outfitted mine with a hand built wheelset with 36 spoke Deore XT hubs on Salsa Semi Disc rims. I use the OEM wheels as dedicated street wheels with 700C slicks.