I would love to hear what the impressions are after the replacement. Is the upgrade worth it ?
Nice write-up. Quick side question:I haven't ridden the Smuggler, but have owned a Patrol and Sentinel. For reference, the Sentinel felt big, while the Sentinel surprisingly just felt great and was one of my favorite bikes. They both pedaled/climbed really well for their travel and capability. And downhill they were fantastic and the rear end provided great traction.
I have a V2 Offering now and moved from a V1. V1 felt a bit short with a 150 fork. My V2 has a 160 fork and I honestly think this might be the best trail bike I've ridden.
V1 with a 150 is kind of the same setup as the V2 with 160 since the V1 was designed for a 140 fork as the base. For me going from a V1 to a V2 feels really similar. My V2 is very agile and playful. The steeper STA on the V2 keeps you in a better pedaling position so it's very efficient.Nice write-up. Quick side question:
I've got a v2 with a 150 fox 36. Works great for most of my riding. Thinking about bumping the travel up to 160 to have for steeper, rougher trails.
Consensus seems to be that adding 10mm out front doesn't cost much in terms of feel, playfulness, and efficiency.
Has matched you experience (granted going from v1 to v2)?
Thanks. I'll try it out. I can always swap it out to match what I need for any particular trip.You might notice a slight loss in steering quickness, but it won't be significant. Half a degree is noticeable, but not tremendously. Worst case you can swap it back in about 30 minutes. Personally, I think the bike was meant for a 160 fork.