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Who's ridden one/owns one and how are you getting on with it?

Looking at adding a bike between my Smuggler and Enduro, have been looking at Yeti's, until I cam across the Optic, which ticks a lot of boxes.

Picked up a stumpjumper evo the other week, didn't get on with it at all, headtube is really low, so you lose a load of reach once you've got the bars at the right height. Its since been sold on ebay after two rides!

Anyone know what the shock dimensions and fork offset are?
 

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It looks like a wicked bike alright, would be top of my list if I were shopping this year. But in regards to the OP's question; would there be enough separation between the Smuggler and the Optic to justify both?
 

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But in regards to the OP's question; would there be enough separation between the Smuggler and the Optic to justify both?
There is a high possibility that the Optic would replace the smuggler.

However, the Optic is a fair bit slacker and a longer than the smuggler. In fact its pretty close to the enduro.

Also having two bikes that are close isn't a problem, just means I can have the smuggler setup for xc (midweek rides) and the Optic can be setup for the weekend (trail/enduro type riding), for when I dont want something as big and steamrollery as the enduro.
 

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OPTIC for the Pinkbike bike of the year win!!

I just threw a leg over one at the shop - they finished the build while there... I banged if off some curbs, parking blocks etc... not a real test frankly but enough to sense there is something really good going on with this bike

fork was way to stiff, seat was too low, but shock was about 29% sag... I slowed the rebound and it settled in to my version of a lot test nicely. Fit and "feel for fit" was really spot on even w the longer dimensions than my current bike and seat height off, bars too wide etc... still "felt" decent which kinda surprised me. Btw this and the Sight - which does "feel bigger and longer" - cuz it is, its likely gonna be tough call but I sure do see the potential for it as a shorter travel trail crusher
 

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Random Q, but has anyone seen the estimated weight for the frame and shock only?
Thanks!
 

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I'd take a guess at it being around 3200. This was based on the C2 bike being 13.8kg and then taking the weights of all the components off
 

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Here's my C1, coming off an Intense I notice the extra weight and it's certainly no XC bike in terms of pedalling performance but it rips down hills.
I've changed the wheels to LB carbon and got rid of the XTR brakes for Hopes.

https://www.facebook.com/Astroracer/photos/rpp.190200484062/10158566618364063/?type=3&theater
Looks good mate. What Intense were you riding? I'm on a 2015 Tracer, but will be getting a new bike this year. Looking at the Sight or a Nukeproof Mega.
 

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There is a high possibility that the Optic would replace the smuggler.

However, the Optic is a fair bit slacker and a longer than the smuggler. In fact its pretty close to the enduro.

Also having two bikes that are close isn't a problem, just means I can have the smuggler setup for xc (midweek rides) and the Optic can be setup for the weekend (trail/enduro type riding), for when I dont want something as big and steamrollery as the enduro.
N+1 right? My vote is have all 3.☝
 

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N+1 right? My vote is have all 3.☝
In the end I ordered a Reactor 290, couldn't bring myself to buy a bike from Evans. Norco need to sort themselves out a proper distributor in the UK, they didn't want to get hold of a frame only and I was loathed to buy a C1 just for the frame.

Also bought a Scout 290 and a Privateer, so complete change in the bike fleet!
 

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Looks good mate. What Intense were you riding? I'm on a 2015 Tracer, but will be getting a new bike this year. Looking at the Sight or a Nukeproof Mega.
Hi mate, coming off a Spider 29C and a Carbine.
It's heaps better without the factory wheels and I went for a more sensible tyre selection that drops the rolling resistance down a bit, if I do some shuttle runs then I'll put the MM back up front but the HD is fine with a a Minion SS out back.
We don't see many Nukeproofs here in Australia so I can't comment.
 

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Hi mate, coming off a Spider 29C and a Carbine.
It's heaps better without the factory wheels and I went for a more sensible tyre selection that drops the rolling resistance down a bit, if I do some shuttle runs then I'll put the MM back up front but the HD is fine with a a Minion SS out back.
We don't see many Nukeproofs here in Australia so I can't comment.
Glad it's working out for you so far! It's a great looking bike. :)
 

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Great review in the latest Enduro Mag trail bike test. 15 bikes tested. Optic seems to be near their top of mind, list w the genre bending Optic
 

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Anyone have an incite in n sizing up at 5'8"?im trying to decide between the sight and optic and I'm thinking this route might work the best for me.

I ride in the Atlantic provinces and sometime travel for dh trips. Currently riding a Rocky instinct bc and it works reay well for the area.
 

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So how would this bike compare with the Sight 2019? The travel of the 2020 Optic is nearly on par with the 2019 Sight. But in terms of geometry how do they compare/contrast? How different/similar do they ride?
 

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So how would this bike compare with the Sight 2019? The travel of the 2020 Optic is nearly on par with the 2019 Sight. But in terms of geometry how do they compare/contrast? How different/similar do they ride?
Start with seat tube angle and head tube angle
 
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