I had one for 6 months. It was a fine trailbike. I really like the lefty and the frame is bombproof.
1) Front Der cable goes under the bottom bracket = lotsa drag
2) Heavy! I think my medium frame was around 6 lbs
3) Single pivot. The lack of any linkage results in the platform on the shock fighting all bob and brake induced jacking. No bob = no suspension on mine...
I really wanted a race bike and that was not it.....
I have an '06 Rush 600 and it's a great bike. It climbs really well and it's well spec'd for the price range. I'm actually getting ready to sell mine because it doesn't see as much trail time as my ss. Keep an eye out on the mtbr classifieds, as it will be there this weekend.
Just purchased Rush carbon 24Lbs and fast climbs as good as my scalpel and goes down hill twice as fast biggest problem I found was sizing i ride a large in the scalpel and a XL in the Rush ( Im 6'3" 225lbs) it really comes down to personal preference other drawback is the rush carbon is pricey
I'm sure I'm not the right person to answer this question but I find it hard to believe a higher end Rush wouldn't make a good race bike, I was at a 12 hour race last year and this guy riding Rush won by a long shot, everybody else was far behind, including 29er's and every other kind of bike, but then again this dude who chose to ride a Rush could have probably of won that race on a number of different bikes.
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