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Let me first say one word "PLUSH". I got the Monk ( http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=205601 )out for a couple of hours this morning for a little test ride. The trail conditions were hard pack with a little loose over hard pack, rocky, rooty southeast single track. The first few miles were tight and twisty, the bike was very smooth thru this section. There were no handling issues, the WB BW1.0 is a great match for this frame. A couple of short parts of these trails on the top of Monte Sano are very fast and the Monk zipped right thru it. I then dropped off the top down to some more technical rocky trails.

The first thing I noticed is the bike is not thrown off course on the rocky downhills. I guess this is mainly due to the weight being 4 lbs heavier than my Leviathan. The Monk ate up anything I could throw at it, I took lines I normally wouldn't take just to see what it would do. I say again, PLUSH, PLUSH and more PLUSH. I didn't do a lot of climbing today but the couple short steep climbs I did the bike seem to climb very well. It seemed like I was pushing at least one bigger gear most of the ride, I think this is due to the efficiency of the suspension. I could not detect any pedal bob. The Swinger SPV shock seemed to work quite well, the end of today's ride is 1 1/2 mile climb on the road back to the top. I pushed the o-ring on the shock up to the seal and at the top it had moved only 1-2mm.

The only negative I could find is the rear is a bit flexy side to side. I'm not 100% sure if it's all the frame or if some of the flex is from the wheel, or maybe a combo of both. The rear wheel is a AC hub laced to a Alex TD-17 rim, which is a bit flexy. I may try another wheel to try to determine if it's the wheel or the frame. I guess the weight may be a negative for some folks, but with the right build kit this bike could be under 30lb easy.

Having ridden a Leviathan, an Asylum and now a Monk, I would have to put the Monk close to the "All Mountain" category. The Asylum would lean toward a all out XC race machine. The Leviathan I would put as a pure cross country ride, but could be raced if needed. The Monk is a bit different, it's a all day, all mountain, do anything bike.

I know I don't have a lot of time on this bike yet, but this is my initial impressions. I guess time will tell.

Steve
 

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soooo...

this is the little number you forsake the juice for :sad: ? lol. very sweet ride and loved the report. i really enjoy detailed ride report's, it gives tell's me more than picture's ever will. you have good taste in bike's my man.
 

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I would agree wholeheartedly. The rear flex seems to not be an issue on the trail, but if you grab the top of the wheel, and wiggle, it does move. Did so with my King/DT7.1 wheels, and does so with the new I 9's too. I do not have any on trail feel of wobble though, it tracks great. Glad you dig it, they are trtuely a bike that needs the word spread about it. Cheers!
 

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I would agree wholeheartedly. The rear flex seems to not be an issue on the trail, but if you grab the top of the wheel, and wiggle, it does move. Did so with my King/DT7.1 wheels, and does so with the new I 9's too. I do not have any on trail feel of wobble though, it tracks great. Glad you dig it, they are trtuely a bike that needs the word spread about it. Cheers!
That's true, it tracks great, but not quite sure where the flex is coming from. I will send Ryan @ Astrix a email and see if he has encountered the same thing we are seeing.

On a different topic, Ryan (Astrix) had sent me a PM from my initial build post asking about the frame and where we got it. Turns out to be a frame from Interbike, a 2006 model, and they wanted to warranty the frame since it had finally found a home. Now that's customer service. Thanks again Ryan.

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Ryan (Astrix) had sent me a PM from my initial build post asking about the frame and where we got it. Turns out to be a frame from Interbike, a 2006 model, and they wanted to warranty the frame since it had finally found a home. Now that's customer service. Thanks again Ryan.
Umm wow, that is really great of Astrix to do.
 

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That's super cool. Probably a good PR move too because that might have been an earlier version that is not as stiff as the production runs for whatever reason - different tubing, tolerances, what have you.

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Umm wow, that is really great of Astrix to do.
 

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cruzthepug said:
On a different topic, Ryan (Astrix) had sent me a PM from my initial build post asking about the frame and where we got it. Turns out to be a frame from Interbike, a 2006 model, and they wanted to warranty the frame since it had finally found a home. Now that's customer service. Thanks again Ryan.

Steve
You are a liar! ;)

That is some kind of service.
 

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i like mine

and it matches my element:D

i haven't noticed the rear wheel flex, but i'm also no bike expert. i've only had it for ~6 weeks, but i am liking it more than my turner 5-spot.

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more than a 5spot?! Wowwww. I've been wanting a turner forever! I've been entertaining the idea of getting a 5 spot as my next bike, eventhough I feel more comfortable on big wheels.. What exactly makes the ride better (on the monk that is)?
 

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more than a 5spot?! Wowwww. I've been wanting a turner forever! I've been entertaining the idea of getting a 5 spot as my next bike, eventhough I feel more comfortable on big wheels.. What exactly makes the ride better (on the monk that is)?
well, i guess my comment was not, by ANY means, that the 5-spot was second class to the monk. that's still the best bike (26er) i've ever ridden. what i meant was that i like more what the 29" wheels accomplish on the trails which the 26er does not (probably for my lack of skill).

yesterday i was going slightly uphill on a st, and i saw this ~7" step with a square face that i've never cleaned before. so i started to slow down to stop, but instead i let the bike roll forward and to my surprise it just climbed that step as if nothing was there; i was blown away.

like i said before, i'm no bike expert or a very technical rider but 29ers are the way to go!
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