Have you ridden extensively in the PNW? All your engineerding out won't help you understand if not.Who'd pay this much, 1650 USD, for a steel HT frame without a test ride?
That's exactly where I see this bike working. If you're riding down steep rock slabs in Squamish, then you need a lot of fork and rear suspension isn't as important since most of your weight is on the front end.Have you ridden extensively in the PNW? All your engineerding out won't help you understand if not.
If I had the pleasure to ride Sea to Sky corridor frequently I might consider a bike like this...
^^Nice post and a good read, thanks! I don't disagree but I will say that things seem to change when comparing a full sussy with a hardtail. I remember the first time I tried a Honzo... I expected to hate it but was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was even tho sized too big for me (large). From that experience I would have to say that chainstay length isn't as critical on hardtails. Any thoughts on that? It did really surprise me! Maybe I had adjusted my riding position to make up for lack of rear suspension?