Final bike of the demo, my legs are shot after about 45 miles of riding.
Least favorite bike of the demo. It’s got 5 inches of super plush travel, way too much for XC purposes. They tried to tell me it was intended for XC and all mountain, definitely not, 100% all mountain. The “sway” or flex in the suspension with each pedal stroke was ridiculous. Like a pogo stick at times.
It’s saving grace was the lockout on the rear suspension. That made it tolerable, and yet awkward. It still had a really slack head tube angle which made it really weird to ride as an almost hardtail.
I also had the chain snap on me toward the end, and again a half mile later after I fixed the broken link.
Unfortunately just an overall bad experience with the bike. No photo as it wouldn’t stand up with no chain.
I give this a lot of credit, for 5 inches of travel it manages it really, really well. And that much travel makes the whoops and downhills super fun.
It is not an ideal XC bike in my opinion. As well as it managed all that travel it still had a ton of flex to it. 5 inches is just a lot.
It was my favorite 27.5 that I’ve ridden and is the only one that I think I would ever consider purchasing.
If you make a lot of trips to more mountainous areas it would be an ideal bike. It also climbed really well and was the best climber I’ve been on over the rocky uphill section. On hardtack it wasn’t nearly as good.
Cool bike, really neat to ride.
This is a tie with the Felt for best ride so far. This thing is tons of fun. I got a size medium instead of a large, but aside from some wrist pain I got it to fit about right.
The bike just kills it, by far the most fun in the whoops, and probably the easiest climber of the bunch.
As I think out loud about it, it would probably be my favorite if it hasn’t been for the brakes. Those things screeched every time I touched them.
Had the CTD suspension on it which was nice, though I just left it in the trail (neutral) setting the whole time.
It had more flex in the suspension than I really care for , but that’s the only negative I had about the bike itself.
On the opposite side I’ve ridden Shimano SLX, XT and XTR and every time they are perfect. I would much rather have a set of Shimano SLX or XT brakes vs a set of SRAM XX. Better performing and more cost effective.
But SRAM’s XX1 and XO1 are blowing everything Shimano has away.
Perfect world, XX1 drivetrain and XTR brakes.
This has been the least impressive bike I’ve ridden. Still a good bike that will serve a rider well, but I think your better off spending money elsewhere.
The bike had a lot of squeals and clunks coming from the head tube and bottom bracket. And I never felt like it climbed well and it didn’t really cut into the corners well. It always felt a bit off balance and sketch. Can’t really explain the feeling well enough. It just didn’t “hook up”.
Most impressive bike I’ve ridden yet, the rear suspension was so killer. It had very little if any spongey feeling in it. Felt very solid, not squishy at all.
When I first got on it I was pretty apprehensive about it because it felt a bit quirky, twitchy almost. On the road it felt pretty bad, but as soon as it hit dirt it took off. Railed corners, flew up climbs and hammered over the most rocky and technical sections.
Really really impressed with this bike.
Nathanael Goodell recommended i try this and i definitely liked it. Very similar to the Giant XTC carbon, very stiff, but I did feel cramped on the large same as I did with the giant Anthem 27.5.
The bike loved hitting smooth open sections and flew up hard packed climbs. It felt a little squirrelly in loose dirt and downhill. Good race bike, definitely noticing the difference in weights riding throughout the day.
Still not really feeling the hype on 27.5, more tests of it to come. Missed the picture somehow… not sure what happened to the camera.
Back in the saddle!! The first fat bottom bike I’ve ridden.
State the obvious, this isn’t a race bike and definitely is beefy uphill.
The pugsley is super fun. The big tires are so steady and secure on everything. Cornering is insane once you find the sweet spot. It eats up banked turns like donuts by a cop.
Super fun bike to cruise around on and just enjoy trail. It actually felt pretty nimble too.
Love xx1 soooooo much. Unfortunately some d-bag riding the trail backwards ran into me after half a mile into the trail. Broke a spoke and flatted the tire. Couldn’t really get a feel for the bike other than loving how light it was.
Oooooweee bike #5 for the day Specialized Epic 29er, can’t remember spec after phone died.
I’m not a Specialized fan, but this was my best ride of the day. I have been a BIG doubter of “the brain”, but no more. It works, and well.
This was the stiffest bike I took out aside from the Giant XTC hard tail. I don’t know how specialized does it with the brain but it is an insanely awesome ride. It felt like a hard tail the entire ride except for the bigger hits when it would compress. So impressed.
This wasn’t even their carbon s-works model. Which really stunned me. Will test ride the giant anthem 0 tomorrow to compare.
Bike #4 specialized stump jumper 29
Here’s the interesting thing with the big S, they have zero 27.5 models. I really dig that from the marketing perspective. When the industry zigs, you zag, especially when an industry big shot like them do it. It sets them apart in a way.
Bike was great, felt very natural and it had sram xx1 on it. That I dug.
It rode smooth and rolled really well through everything. It definitely felt the most natural to me because I’m so used to my 29er. Though it also felt kinda chunky going up hill. Needs a new owner diet.
Thank you @camelbak for a shaded place to sit and eat some lunch!
Bike #3 Pivot Mach 6,
Wasn’t expecting to demo a 6 inch travel bike, but our local Pivot and Scratch Lab rep Robert Sneeden told me it was a must try.
I must say, I was pretty impressed. It climbs like it weighs a hundred pounds but every time it points downhill you feel shockingly secure. It’s like the bike starts yelling back at you that your being too controlling and to let it do its thing. Then you relax and it rules every turn.
Bike #2 Giant XTC 27.5 level 0
This is probably the only time I will ride a carbon bike, so obligatory drool first off.
This feels perfect, I actually think the 27.5 is perfect on this hardtack but it felt weird on the Full Suspension. That seems really weird I know. This bike wants to rip up trail at high speeds. Badly.
No picture, sorry about that.
Bike demo #1 @1:11pm anthem 27.5 level 3
Not overly impressed with 27.5, feels miniature, trail is badass, xmark tires,
Interesting to me that Giant has only one 29 model at the demo the trance. Full push ahead on 27.5
Media badge in hand and all aboard the shuttle. Demo time shortly!