For the HobGoblin we stuck with the 2x10 set-up because we're still convinced that 2x10 gearing is perfect for 29ers, especially now with the 38/24 gearing option that we picked. The HobGoblin X0 shares the same great 100mm-travel modified twin-link suspension frame as the standard HobGoblin. Plenty of mud clearance and oversized sealed bearings means it will take a beating and keep performing for years. The 7000 series Aluminum frame is double-butted with a lot of new touches that we haven't used before: internal cable routing, direct-mount FD, and a PressFitGXP BB. Handling the suspension and tuning duties is a RockShox Reba RLT (with 15mm thru-axle) up front coupled with a Monarch RL out back, and both can be locked out on the fly when needed. We love Sun-Ringle's Black Flag Pro wheelset and that's what we've decided to use on the X0. The Blag Flag Pro's are strong enough to be great every day wheels, yet light enough to stay on for race-day. In the box we've included all that you'd need to convert the wheels to tubeless if that's your thing. We've spec'd-out the rest of the HobGoblin X0 with great stuff: Avid Elixir 9 hydraulic brakes, FSA SL-K carbon cockpit, Selle San Marco Ponza saddle, Maxxis IKON 29x2.2" tires, and Velo lock-on grips.
Strengths: Great Climber, Full XO component set up, Carbon Cockpit.
Weaknesses: Maybe a little grabbier front tire.
Ive put about 40 miles on this bike so far and all I can say is wow! Im very impressed with the way it handles over rocks, stumps and smaller drops. The tires can get sketchy when wet but held up fine. The Black Flag Pro rims with the option of going tubeless is also a plus and caint wait to convert. The front and rear shocks work very well and took everything I though at them. The geometry of the bike is very nice and is very comfortable. Im coming off a Specialized Enduro which was an awesome all mountain bike, but looking to get into a 29er and with the components that the Hobgoblin XO comes with I couldnt beat it. The Hobgoblin is the first bike ive had where I feel like I could get back on and ride for days! Great bike for a great price!
We've got the new HobGoblin X0 info and ordering page up, along with some pics.
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