Thanks Jsig! Your 29'er was the inspiration (light, sleek, big wheels). I wanted to "keep it simple" with a carbon hardtail. Was looking at the Niner RDO, but couldn't afford/justify it. This one came up at the right time and for the right price--and I was in love with the front 27.5 on my C'Dale Rize from the moment I got it, so I knew a "real" 27.5 was in my future.
Its a 39/26 up front. We were climbing some pretty steep stuff today to get to the drops, and the bike was climbing like a billy goat. It was the engine that was faltering... Lol! On the descent, it felt sketchy...until I remembered to unlock the forks--doh! We bombed down some seriously steep, bumpy, rutted stuff with tight turns, and the bike didn't complain (or scare me) once--it's very sure-footed for an XC bike. Again, probably the larger wheels at play. I am definitely going to get a shorter stem and a dropper post at some point soon, as the group I ride with likes to go downhill, fast, and I always have to stop and lower my post. This one doesn't have a QR, so I had to leave it as-is and hang my rear up and over it.
I'm definitely going to run it tubeless at the first opportunity. I was in a rush to ride and just pumped up the tubes it came with.
Last edited by Erwin8r; 01-03-14 at 12:49 AM.