I'm 5'11" and generally in between a medium and large, though tend to run larger frames, especially when paired with a shorter stem. I was fortunate enough to get a demo bike for a weekend and put it to good use - rode ~70 miles in Moab; Whole Enchilada from Kokapelli down, Mag 7 (Photo is mid way through Portal), Captain Ahab and more. I rode the medium, though if I were to buy one for myself, I would likely go with the large size frame.
I'm coming off an Ibis Mojo 3 so pretty cool to see a relatively similar travel bike that rides very differently. I rode this in the "low" setting.
What I liked about the bike:
- Mid travel, uber capable bike. For the amount of travel it does have, it pedals well and feels quick.
- It climbed surprisingly well. I cleaned technical climbs and sustained, stout uphill bits.
- The suspension design did take a little getting used to. I didn't feel that the rear wheel felt as lively when popping off stuff, but tracks to the ground really well. You learn how to pop, but does seem to have a different feel than some other bikes. By the end of the weekend, I was thoroughly impressed how it ate up chunder and could send it off ledges and doubles.
- The build spec on this bike is bad ass. I9 Enduro 305 wheelset are burly and wide, the Eagle X01 basically guarantees that you can climb a vertical wall, the Pike paired with the Super Deluxe Debonair rear shock means you can mob down just about any terrain. I hadn't been on Aggressor tires before, pretty impressed though. I might look at getting a DHF or something a bit more hefty to throw up front, but pretty impressed with them for looser, dry dirt. Fox Transfer dropper is reliable and does exactly what you need it to do.
What I didn't like about this bike:
- Pedal strikes galore. I would love to see what this looks like in the X-LOW setting as I was scraping left and right even in the LOW setting. Granted, I was riding in technical terrain that is the land of pedal strikes, but one thing that would worry me about this bike.
- If compared to other bikes with similar travel, probably going to be heavier than them. But lets be real, if thats a concern, this bike isn't for you as its a trail smashing mid-travel monster.
Overall, if you're looking for a mid travel, aggressive trail bike, this is going to be right up your alley. This can handle pedaling up to your favorite DH trail and just rail on down! The build spec is pretty on point too. If you have any questions on this bike or would like help placing an order, feel free to reach me at my direct line 801.204.4547 or my email email@example.com