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.