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Just wanted some confirmation that I'm doing the right thing.
Going from a 5.5EVP to an 09 endorphin.
I'm assured that I'll prefer it but what would the ride differences be?
I'm told that even though it's .5lb heavier, it'll climb better; that right?
Most of all I just want validation because I'm freaking stoked about getting my new bike!!!!
 

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Same travel, totally different bike. I'd keep the 5.5, build it light, and make it a dedicated XC/trail bike. Build the Endorphin burly.

Climbing:
Compared to my MotoLite I find the Endorphin sluggish on fireroad climbs. But, technical climbs, which are my favorite part of mtn biking, are hands-down easier on the Knolly.
 

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yes it's worth it. no creaking issues on an endo. way more of a burly frame. fully active all the time vs vpp one. it does feel like it has more than 5.5" of travel too.
 

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This is going to be a really different ride from your 5.5. The more chunky the better. Slide forward on the seat and with a good spin, you'll have glue like traction up the nasty climbs. Incredibly stable when things get ugly, and the drops are butter smooth. 4x4 is the real deal.

Enjoy
 

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Thanks guys, what I wanted to hear.
It's going to be XCish (sorry) but for most UK riding, 36s and chainguides would be overkill (IMHO). So XT w/bash, 32 TALAS and Hope tech M4s it is.
I've been wanting to take my riding to the next level and this may be what I need!
 

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I'll echo what Lakesnake said. I came from a 5.5 which I sold to a friend and we swap rides occasionally. The Endo may be a tad heavier but it feels more solid on the chunky climbs and descents. I don't notice the additional weight at all.

I do have more confidence in doing drops & jumps on the Endo. The 5.5 is still a good bike but the Endo is just better, IMO. I probably replaced the pivot bearings 2-3 times in the 2-3 years I had the 5.5
 

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dobbs59 said:
Thanks guys, what I wanted to hear.
It's going to be XCish (sorry) but for most UK riding, 36s and chainguides would be overkill (IMHO). So XT w/bash, 32 TALAS and Hope tech M4s it is.
I've been wanting to take my riding to the next level and this may be what I need!
That build will be just fine on the Endo, It does work well with a 140-150 fork if that's the route you go, I rode mine for two years with a Pike before recently going to a Lyrik. If at all possible go with the 15mm thru axle 32, the frame is so laterally stiff that it's nice to balance the front end with a stiff fork as well.
 

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you will love it!

My Endorphin weighs in, (and I know this because I finally weighed it today) at 36.11 pounds.

I don't think of it as heavy, I just can't imagine a way to have a more durable bike without having the weight savings bite me in the ass. Been there, done that. I know how I ride and what I can get away with, so I consider that 36.11 pounds to be pretty freaking light to let me do everything I want to do on a mountain bike.

I don't think it's a good idea for me at least, to let my equipment dictate my limitations, which is why I'm riding Knollys to begin with.

Like I said, you'll love your new bike. It will take you places:)
 

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dobbs59 said:
Just wanted some confirmation that I'm doing the right thing.
Going from a 5.5EVP to an 09 endorphin.
Yes, definitely yes. I've had 2 months of serious hammering on the Endo and I continue to be amazed. Impeccable handling, predictable and confidence inspiring suspension action and not so much as the faintest squeak from the pivots during a sloppy southern hemisphere spring. Truly exceptional. :thumbsup:
 

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more then worth it, but seriously, burly is the way to go on the endo, well at least for me. been riding mine for 8mths and still lovin every sec i spend with her.

super stable, takes anything that i dare to try.
 
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