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Rode for at least 5 hours today in the El G..................Did a trail called Berryman Trail, Potosi, Missouri. A loop of just over 24 miles and 23.8 miles of this is pure single track... I really enjoyed this ride, loads of short ups and downs, switchbacks a plenty, rocks, roots, rock slabs, knarly speedy short downhills, this trail had is all.... But F%&k a duck it was hot and really humid, dont think I have sweat this much before... Had a blast though.

Will add my disclaimer here again, the Pearl shock sucked, but I love the El G, as I said, I wasnt going to let the fact the Pearl sucks, let my thoughts of the bike be lowered...

So as I said, rode for 5 hours on the El G, it is a great all day epic bike to ride... I am stunned that I pretty much cannot tell this bike weighs more than my ML. It is a pleasure to ride for hours.......... Did loads of climbing today, these were short, rocky, rootey climbs, the front end just does not wonder at all, barely gets light, this is amazing for a 160mm fork.......

I am now understanding what FM :thumbsup: meant saying he has gone to the RFX with 6 inches of travel, but will AM ride it.... The El G is like this, for my riding, this bike can replace the MotoLite with ease.... Dare I say it, the Nomad is getting great reviews as a great true adaptable to all terrain more or less bike, the EL G will be in this realm for sure...

It was mentioned in my other post that we are still yet to hear feedback of the El G with another shock combo. This will really be the tell all on this frame........

I got used to the Pearl for sure, hated the pppsssttt every time the shock compressed, it was not really active on the small bumps etc, but hucking it say from 2 or more feet, I felt the shock worked OK....

All in all, a very worthwhile weekend demoing the El G.... Need to sort out when the Ti version will be available..............

I really recommend getting yourself a demo if you are in the market for a new steed, even if your thoughts are with a ML, you will be pleasantly surprised....

A few shots, we had to much fun to take loads of photos. If you are in the area of this trail, well worth a visit and ride this trail.....
 

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Whafe... your not only the king of the Bling:thumbsup: you are also King of Temptation:madman: 2 weeks ago I thought my UGI is cured:madman: ..... BTW nice pics.. thanks for sharing
 

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Whafe... your not only the king of the Bling:thumbsup: you are also King of Temptation:madman: 2 weeks ago I thought my UGI is cured:madman: ..... BTW nice pics.. thanks for sharing
Yep, know that temptation thing, some ways demoing this was bad for the UGI,:madman: :madman: not that I need to upgrade anything... Will await some other views to come forward for sure..... Would only upgrade if I could find a decent home for the ExoGrid ML....:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Just packing the El G back into its box so as it can head back home to Competitive Cyclist.... That company has a slick operation going with demo bikes, and they are not shabby spec'd bikes either.... Ryan & Eric, go you good things you....:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Whafe,

That same EG is coming my way in two weeks. Thanks for the great write-up's. Remember, the Ti version is in the pipeline...

Competitive Cyclist is for sure the shnizzle... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Whafe,

That same EG is coming my way in two weeks. Thanks for the great write-up's. Remember, the Ti version is in the pipeline...

Competitive Cyclist is for sure the shnizzle... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Yep, she is all snug as a bug in the box, all ready for you.... Enjoy, am sure you will.... Just ignore the Pearl shock, it is still an awesome bike despite the shock....

Yeah, I saw the 2nd version at the Titus factory.... mmmmm Hopefully it is not far from being commercial............

Totally agree, Competitive Cyclist get a HUGE headsup from me..:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Nice series Whafe, nice pics, looks like some tasty stuff in what I take to be your "back yard"
Just a temporary back yard whilst I am doing some work in St Louis for 2 weeks, back home to Spain on Thursday night.....To my more permanent backyard for one week, then to Whistler for one week of riding, a dream come true to ride there, yeah ha. Not too many sleeps to go.....:D :D :D :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

But my real backyard is New Zealand............. Will get back there at some stage....
 

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Awesome series Whafe.........don't dump the motolite yet. Take delivery of the Ti EG, transfer the wheels and drivetrain over, and WW the motolite as you convert it to a strictly 4 inch XC machine......voila. problem solved.
 

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A.M.: ROTFL

Whafe: New Zealand. *sigh* I had such a good vacation there and only got to ride twice, jeepers but I would love to go back.
bear, AM is indeed a poet, mean that, he can put words together so well...

Well, if you were to go back to NZ, let me know, will hook you up for sure... Am thinking when I finally relocate back, going to have to put a road trip of MTB together in NZ, for all the MTBR buddies to come and shread the trails etc....:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Awesome series Whafe.........don't dump the motolite yet. Take delivery of the Ti EG, transfer the wheels and drivetrain over, and WW the motolite as you convert it to a strictly 4 inch XC machine......voila. problem solved.
I really didnt need you to come forward with a very logical and best practice solution TiE.... But am down with that, role on bonus time...:)

Sheesh am trying to eliminate bikes, not gain more.... So what about my dream of a 29er SS.....:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
 

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Sheesh am trying to eliminate bikes, not gain more.... So what about my dream of a 29er SS.....:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

Uhmmm it comes in 29'er exogrid form as well with triple exogrid tubes, so order one of those as well;)
 

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Uhmmm it comes in 29'er exogrid form as well with triple exogrid tubes, so order one of those as well;)
Look dude, cut it out! :confused:

Dont you think I dont stare at this picture daily...:p :p
 

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Very nice review, well done. The bike looks good too. The Pearl is pretty harsh but as long as you know that then it is ok. I am not sure why the DHX air is not offered on the demo bikes, it's probably a better shock and I think is offered from Titus, not sure though.

If I may ask, what is your leg inseam? I was torn between L and M; pretty happy with the medium, 34" inseam here. The GD post I have is a 4" drop model and would love to get a 5" whenever they come out so M is probably a better choice if I move that direction.

Isn't it weird how climbing is so fun? More fun than a hardtail I think.
 

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Very nice review, well done. The bike looks good too. The Pearl is pretty harsh but as long as you know that then it is ok. I am not sure why the DHX air is not offered on the demo bikes, it's probably a better shock and I think is offered from Titus, not sure though.

If I may ask, what is your leg inseam? I was torn between L and M; pretty happy with the medium, 34" inseam here. The GD post I have is a 4" drop model and would love to get a 5" whenever they come out so M is probably a better choice if I move that direction.

Isn't it weird how climbing is so fun? More fun than a hardtail I think.
It is a big topic as to why Titus deliver this steed with the Pearl, am still keen to hear the logic behind it... Am sure we will begin to hear some reviews with the DHX Air and other shocks in time. Be keen to hear how the Roco Air goes..... Thinking Roco Air and a new Marz 55....mmmmmmmmmmm

You sure can, ask about my leg inseam, jus tnot my middle leg. :D My inseam is 34.2 inches, have long arms apparently 28 inches...

Kinda interesting reading your inseam and that you are on a medium, and I feel the large is perfect with a 50mm stem, what stem length are you running on your medium?

And yes, am still blown away how well the El G climbs..... Fantistico...:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Am thinking when I finally relocate back, going to have to put a road trip of MTB together in NZ, for all the MTBR buddies to come and shread the trails etc....:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

"Be rude not 2":thumbsup:
 

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Whafe said:
It is a big topic as to why Titus deliver this steed with the Pearl, am still keen to hear the logic behind it... Am sure we will begin to hear some reviews with the DHX Air and other shocks in time. Be keen to hear how the Roco Air goes..... Thinking Roco Air and a new Marz 55....mmmmmmmmmmm

You sure can, ask about my leg inseam, jus tnot my middle leg. :D My inseam is 34.2 inches, have long arms apparently 28 inches...

Kinda interesting reading your inseam and that you are on a medium, and I feel the large is perfect with a 50mm stem, what stem length are you running on your medium?

And yes, am still blown away how well the El G climbs..... Fantistico...:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
I saw that Competitive Cyclist offers the DHX air on the frame as new and somewhere I read that it is a factory option but I don't know for sure.. But yeah the Pearl is an "interesting" choice.

No need for middle leg lengths, unless you use it to pedal with, that would be something.. :eek:

I have a ~50mm stem also with long bars, love the feel. It gives me room to move, I never have problems getting my butt back. On the climbs I just push the elbows out to get the weight forward, no big thing.. The short wheelbase helps the handling I'm sure. I like the more upright position..

Am curious about the large but the med felt so good that I went with it and I'm happy. :thumbsup:
 
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