Element 950 RSL features the same SmoothWall carbon front triangle as the Element 999 RSL and a 7005 series aluminum rear end. With Fox’s latest and greatest Dual Remote CTD suspension front and rear, you can adjust the ride without taking your hands off the handlebars. And, there’s no better bang for the buck than Shimano’s new SLX parts kit with Race Face’s brand new Turbine crankset.
Strengths: Decent spec for the money, no problems with SLX/XT part mix.
Light and solid frame.
Climbs like a champ and descends really well, CTD works as it should. Very efficient in everything it does and inspires you to go faster.
Weaknesses: Not very much. Stock wheels are not that great. OEM front rotor got fried but SoCal mountains aren't exactly XC... CTD remote is huge, but I can live with that.
Overall this was an awesome purchase, I love this bike. Stock fork/frame is awesome. From stock I replaced the wheels with Stans Arch EX and put an XT ice-tech front rotor on and haven't had any problems. This bike is a great building bike by putting the extra cash you save into the things you want. As an XC bike I don't think you can get much better for the money.
This weekend in Comfort Tx I won my first race on an Element 950 RSL. I usually race on my Vertex 950 but it was needing some repairs. The Rocky dealer here in Austin (Crankhouse Cycles) let me use their Element demo and it was amazing. My favorite thing about it has to be the suspension shifters. T ... Read More »
this is the deal, my LBS gave me good price on the Element 950 RSL and the alloy 950 2013 frames.
( no way I'm going to spend 2800 for the 990 RSL! that s crazy !:eek:)
But now wich one should I pick? I know the 950 RSL has front carbon with alloy rear and the new Fox CTD shock compare to the ... Read More »