Be prepared to dominate the mountain with the Collosus AX 3.0. At the core of all mountain machine is the super lite ALX6xxx Hydroformed Alloy frame inbuilt with Polygon's Floating Suspension System, offering 160mm (6.3 inches) of travel in the front and 150mm (5.8in) in the rear. A full Shimano Deore XT groupset, FOX 36 Talas R front forks, FOX Float RP23 rear shocks and Mavic Crossline wheels give you everything you need to conquer technical trails and power through tough descents with ease.
Strengths: Great looking bike with a good finish. Excellent components for the 2011 run-out price of AU$1998.00 and the shop staff are excellent.
Nice geometry with the Fox 36 on the front at 160mm great for the descents and at 120mm perfect for climbing and XC. At this stage, it feels laterally stiff in the rear but would love for it to have a Maxle on the rear.
I’m still playing with the sag, but the bike climbs rutted trails great and is well composed going back down the hill.
Weaknesses: I’m disappointed with what Fox have done to the newer RP23 with the Boost Valve. It seems to make very little difference whether the ProPedal is open or closed compared to the 2009 version on my Enduro.
You would struggle to fit any tyre bigger than the OE 2.25 Nobby Nik on the rear but so far they have worked a treat.
I was torn between the FR and the AX but chose the latter as it better suits my riding style and I’m not as young and daring/foolish as I used to be.
I am going to get an off-set seat post; if possible a dropper style, to lengthen the cockpit as it feels a bit short and I don’t want to put a longer stem on it.