Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Nowhere near the mountains :/
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Im 5' 11", 195lbs, 33" inseam, size 12.5 shoe.
Bike is great. Pedals suck, but those have been upgraded. Glad i went with the 17" now that im used to it. Easy to throw the bike around.
The brakes are solid. People can talk all they want about super sweet hydros or whatever, but the bb5's have been nothing short of great for me. They stop me very quickly and are more than powerful enough to flip me over the bars if i wanted to squeeze them a little harder. Good modulation that allows me to go anywhere from a tiny slight scrubbing of speed to full lock of either wheel in all conditions, low maintenance, basically trouble free so far. Very happy.
Forks i do not have much experience with, so take this however you like. I think its a good fork although the lockout does not lock. Its a compression lockout which stiffens it right up with 20-30mm of travel, but mine has loosened up a significant amount since the fork was broken in. Perhaps thats because im close to 200lbs, perhaps hitting a few jumps here and there loosened it, i dont know. That said, the motion control dampening does allow me easy on the fly adjustment of my fork and i will switch it between stiff and plush several times a ride depending what im doing. SInce its been broken in it feels great. Im not upset about the softer lockout because everything else about the fork improved at the same time and its still decent on the pavement. Overall, im very happy and cannot see myself upgrading this fork unless this one blows up beyond repair.
Drivetrain. Just like any other shimano drivetrain i suppose. Acts and feels like i expected it would. Satisfactory.
Wheelset. Light, strong, ***** to mount tires, so far so good. Like the fork, wont upgrade unless i completely destroy them.
Bike feels great, does what i want when i want it to. I'd recommend it. Chone has the same bike and had a good writeup about his recently that is much better than my post 6 beer effort i just put forth.