from Vernon, B.C, Canada
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Strengths: - very light mine weighs 35.5 lbs
- crazy nimble
- confidence inspiring
- rolls fast
- easy to DH on
- Jumps with the best of em.
- tires roll fast, light weight, have exceptional grip and flat resistance.
- elixer brakes feel very un-avid like.. thats good.
- fox 36/ dhx 5, feels awesome when set up, good weight, awesome performance.
- tubeing, its a blessing really. It may not be the most tempting to look at, but it lowers the center of gravity just that little bit, which makes it handle little bit better, meaning it looks good to rail a full dh'er on a single crown 6' bike.
Weaknesses: The Anodizing, although very strong does scratch and when they do, they show up easily and don't look very nice against the polished copper. (Fact of life)
~ should come with a wider bar, its easier to cut down a big bar then add additional $ to get where you want it (fixed for '010)
~tires are a bit to get used to and aren't too hot in the loose dusty stuff
- cable routing, under the bb.. bad news. I rerouted mine.
I got it cause I figured that most people wont like the curvy tubes. Which is a super bummer cause when you ride it, it lowers the center of gravity, so it handles like its on rails. To be quite honest. It has exceeded my expectations on all levels. I can keep up with my racer friends on their big bikes, yet be in perfect control at all times. (Sam Hill used for a reason)
Very light weight+ low bb+ low center of gravity makes it handle like something else. I've had frequent comments that it handles like a mini demo 8 II, which is a huge compliment. The look, with the tubeing also grows on you. May not look like much in a picture, but pure sex to see it leaning up against a tree on you fave trail. Bravo specialized!
There isn't any reason to not look at this bike very seriously if your a resort rider who likes pinning it, or doing some of the bigger jumps at your local jump park. Or even if your a beginner. Which leaves... xc'ers, and the full dh'ers that demand 8'+ cush.
Medium. It's from 2008 but these were great bikes and the parts are still pretty prevalent. This one has never been ridden off road.
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