BGR / MCM #311
Am in the market for a replacement for my 99 Joker (5" travel). Shopping the Turner, Titus, Ventana sites. But when I visited the Midwest MTB Summit...I got a chance to ride the new Specialized SXTrail...with the 5th el. rear and 66R front...sweet bike. I see it's touted as a light freeride / rugid duty trail bike...which seems right up my alley...but why did they spec boat anchors for wheels??? Bolt on rear??? 36 spoke??? Schraeder valves??? They resemble motorcycle wheels (or straight freeride) more than bike hoops. Any chance that Specialized would swap out for a QR rear and 32 hole hubs and rims before one of these babies left the factory?? I really...REALLY like this bike...but the wheels could botch the deal. Oh...and with the angles, it seems very climbable..is this true...or would I be better served just getting an standard enduro pro or expert?? I ride aggressive XC, like to jump and drop stuff (no more than 6') and occassionally enter a DH race in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Illinois (yes...we have hills and rocks). Gimme your 2 cents worth...