Although the Moment is a good climber for the 6" class of trail bikes, I wouldn't say it's a snappy bike...especially when compared to a bike like the Truth. The Moment is a bike more focused on the trail end of the riding spectrum than the XC end. You can make it more XC like but it's not going to shine in that category, and by toning it down on the components it'll just become a mediocre XC bike and not the greatest of trail bikes.Newark said:Im currently in the market for a new frame, I thought Ellsowrth was gonna be well out of my price bracket, but lo and behold Ellsworths have just dropped in price by nearly a 1/3rd in the UK. This puts the Moment about the same price as the other 2 frames I was considering; a yeti 575 or SC Blur LT.
I'll be swapping a reasonably light/durable parts mix (XT, Hope, thomson, manitou minutes) over from my current cracked GT idrive (@28.5lb) which is now cracked. My aim is to build an efficient long travel trail bike which comes in around the 28lb - 29lb mark, will handle everything from smooth trails, commutes, enduros, trail rides, jumps and drops of around 5 foot. If I went for the Moment I'd be building it up with a DHX air shock. I figure with this shock the Moment would be about 1/2lb heavier than a 575 frame (6.8lbs with DHX air), but probably handle a fair bit more abuse.
Im really concerned about getting good pedal efficiency and minimising bob as much as possible. Im looking for a snappy pealling feeling bike (as far as is possible at 6") With a bit of pro pedal dialled in does the moment bob at all? Can you pedal out of the saddle bob free?
Does the bottom bracket height saty the same with the DHX air shock?
I'd really appreciate anyones advice/comments regarding the above and especially advice from anyone who has ridden a 575 and a Moment. I need to make a decision quick and really want to make sure I make the right decision as I'll be riding this bike for at least the next 3 or 4 years!
I think if you want a bike that's a better compromise you should look at the new 5.25" Epiphany. But judging from the riding style you described above I think the Moment will be a great bike for you. I have not ridden the 575.
I think the eye-to-eye and stroke are the same for DHX Coil and DHX Air so the BB height should be the same.
The price has dropped 1/3 for the Moment in UK?, just make sure you know what you're buying as it may be the 2005 model. There is nothing wrong with the 2005 model but the 2006 Moment saw some changes.