Strengths: I bought a 2011 model this April for 2,300 so value is awesome for me. The frame is stout and suspension components work very nice indeed. The "Evo link" does a good job on big and small hits.
Weaknesses: The rider mostly although I would have preferred trigger shifters but the Srams are alright after getting used to them.
I wanted a frame I could build on and that offered a good value. Suspension choices and component work well enough for me at my current level and this frame should be around when I'm ready to upgrade.
I would recommend this bike! Light enough to climb well yet I feel secure on the other side too. I am not a highly skilled rider so the way it handles on tight single track is likely more me than this bike but it sure as F*@* is fun!
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2012
Strengths: Do anything, go anywhere this bike does it all!! Climbs, descents you name it.It`s a great singletrack/xc bike.
Weaknesses: weight ( I'm used to XC 23 pounds or less)
I have owned this bike for 6 months now, sold off my 2011 giant anthem sl, bought this one and never looked back. Even though this bike is a little heavier than what I had before (still have a 20 pound carbon hardtail) I don't honestly feel the difference or miss my xc. This is a beautiful bike, it handles perfectly!! I love it!!! I`ve been riding for a long time now (20 years) and tried a lot of FS bikes. Some are better climbers, other better on the down slope, but none really was all around. This one is!! I think I`ve found the perfect bike for me. I don't see myself changing back to anything else , maybe the fuel ex 9.9 when I get the chance.
Strengths: Light weight and somehow this Carbon Fiber 2011 frame came with 2012 XTR shifters and rear deraileur and chain, And the rest 2012 XT including brakes, cassette, and crank plus a RLC/FIT fork for 3k
Rides great . Its my first F/S.But sure rides better than my HT.
Thru-axles on both ends
New xr4 's rock
Weaknesses: I could weigh much less by replacing Wheels Stem, Handlebar, and seatpost. Fox fork doesnt handle the small stuff as well as the negativly pressured Reba
This Bike was a steal as a comparably equipped ( exactly) 2012 9.8 list at $4900
I would have gave it 5 Flamin Chillis if the cockpit was lighter.
Bike Setup: Mods:
Carbon fiber Easton EC70 riser bar
The XTR pedals are awesome and fairly comfortable, even with sneakers.
A BBG bashguard has replaced the 44.
Nylon screws have replaced the SS ones where the bottle holder would go.
Seat tube has been shortened by 3".
Reflectors have been removed.
I have owned a Superfly 100 SL for a few months now and I was just able to take a Fuel EX 29 9.7 for a spin on home turf this evening. I hate to just go ahead and put the kibosh on all the future "which one is right for me" threads, but each of these bikes hits the nail on the head for the market th ... Read More »
Would like some opinions / advice regarding a new FS bike that I am considering ...
I am currently riding a Trek 4300 and I am considering giving that to my son and buying a new FS bike for myself. My son and I basically ride easy to moderate single track trails around where we live.
I have be ... Read More »
While I do not remember hitting a rock, based on the spidering crack I take responsibility for this one. Trek denied a warranty claim, although I figured I'd try and I do not blame them for denying it.
Calfee in Watsonville did an incredible job repairing the crack! I dropped the frame off in per ... Read More »
I'm choosing between these two bikes. I don't have much experience with the Sram X.7 on the 9.7 but I assume it's a bit lower level than the XT on the other bike? I noticed some differences in the shocks and the components, and the tires which isn't a factor as I'll replace those.
I can't find the ... Read More »
My girlfriend just got a Fuel Ex 8 (WSD) and while in the bike search mode for her, I realized I need a better FS frame to work with. I just started racing this summer, and plan to race collegiate come fall. And I am on my 6 year old Kona still. I love this bike, and was planning o ... Read More »