wellits monday and as i said i went out on my new baby, the first picture is of the bike on the sunday evening just after i recived it. the second picture was taken today at sherwood pines after i had just finished my blue run route.
it dosent look at muddy because the tyres did a great job
well for my first ride review of the bike
the first thing you will notice is the 2x10 gears, it felt strange at first because you will probley always be in the big ring. the middle ring will only be needed if your going up hill or doing things like tricks/jumps ect
the 120mm Rockshox Reba SL suspension forks with lockout on the bike are just great, i havent set them up for my weight as yet because i dont have a fork shock pump yet. but they handles well today with very little bob when i put my foot down.
the Continental Mountain King 26x2.2 wire bead black feel and look great, they handled well today in the wet/mud and roll great too on the tarmak on the way home.
the Seatpost Carbon Boardman 400mm x 31.6mm black is light and looks strang but only time will tell i gess
the Saddle Boardman black with cro-moly rails is again light but probley wont be to everybodys taste because of the racey style, i would compaire it to a selle italia xc seat. if your used to this kind of seat you will find it great but if your used to a more padded seat you will want to change it. my only comment to boardman would be "why a white seat ?" the seat just wont be white for very long unless you look after it well.
the Avid Elixir R hydraulic disc brakes are amazing, infact i would say scary at first. i havent had disk breaks befor as ive always been a v break man. but today they just amazed me, as most of you will know v breaks just hate been wet or muddy and trying to stop in the wet or mud just takes longer and rubbs crap on our rims. but the Avid Elixir R hydraulic disc brakes dont have that problem and so you dont have to worry about stopping distance or ruining your rims. they will stop you with out question and if your not carefull even throw you off
the sram front mech and shifters are crisp and shift perfact, in my option they worked as good as my xtr on my old zaskar le. im very inpressed with them and as things wear our i will stick with sram and buy the same again or upgrade to the next sram 0 system. top marks
ive said it before but the frame is just amazing, it looks so sexy with the smooth weld/carbon look. i would advise anybody to go to your local halfords and see it for yourself.
the complete bike weight is very good, you can pick it up with ease with one hand, the halfords site says 12.5kg, i dont have scales so i cant tell you but trust me its light.
so is the bike worth it ? YES its amazing, the retail price is £999 as of october2012. BUT their is also bargains out their to be had just like mine. so if your not in too much of a hurry shop around on ebay as their is always bargains, a lot of people buy a bike ride it 2-3 times and dont like it or just dont have the time. so they sell it on ebay, ive been on ebay for around 10 years now and my advise would be if you find something your after message the person and ask them what price area their after or what cash price would they take outside of ebay. remember ebay sellers fee's are 10% of the final price so a bike with a buy it now of £700 will be charged a final sellers fee of £70 them the payapl fee for reciveing money. so make sure you point this out to the person, this way your more likeley to get a bargain and they get a cash sale with out the high ebay fee's. this has worked a lot for me just remember be nice and polite after all they have what you want !
i hope this has helped you all, if you want to ask anything i will gladley try and help