Strengths: I've forgotten how low on the totem pole the components are on this bike. The climbing is very fast, and the downhills are smooth. The tires are great, the brakes are solid, and the shifting is still smooth after two years of owning this bike.
Weaknesses: I would pin two weaknesses on this bike.
1. The tires are 26" and I'm on track to join the 29er crowd in a couple of days.
2. The rear suspension does not have a lock-out, to me the rear lock is much more useful than the front when climbing.
Even considering the weaknesses, I have became a better rider with this entry level bike. If you are just getting into the world of mountain biking and want a full suspension, I recommend this setup. I have used this bike as a gateway to the world of higher end bikes, and I've enjoyed the two years I spent on this bike learning how to ride.
FYI: This review is for the 2011 model of the Sensor 4.0.
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2013
Strengths: The frame feels very stiff over flat terrain and uphill, yet the cushy suspension kicks in at the right places on downhills. The front and rear suspension seem great to me for entry level. The brakes also seem very solid
Weaknesses: Drivetrain components are weak. I wore teeth off of the crank in about 100 miles. I replaced the pedals and tires immediately. It is a bit heavy.
Great all around FS XC bike! It can handle moderately heavy downhills and climbs nearly as well as my hardtail. The value is awesome and it is a really fun ride. I basically kill mine on a weekly basis and it is still in great shape. I bought mine brand new on clearance for $900! Expect to upgrade some parts over time.
a Weekend Warrior
from Guaynabo, PR
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2011
Strengths: Climbing uphill is definitely a strength. I could not believe how easily it conquered any obstacle. Also it shares a frame with the more improved model, and it shows.
Weaknesses: the knobs to adjust the suspension are hard to twist and they hurt my fingers... That's the only weakness I have found so far and with the way it's behaving I doubt I'll have to update.
Amazig bike, if I had to I would buy it all over again. Great value for money. I would recommend this bicycle to any friend.
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