Want a bike that will grab everyone’s attention on the trails? This stealthy yet flashy SB100 will do just that. I had the opportunity to ride this exact bike for a few days on some epic singletrack and flow trails in Park City, Utah and was loving the bike after just a few miles on it. Where do I begin?
The SB100 frame alone is a fun platform and once you add in the AXS drivetrain and a Trust Message fork it turns into a blast. This bike falls into a strange category of mountain bikes. It’s not an XC race machine and it’s not a full-on trail bike either. It’s that odd downcountry segment that isn’t great at either XC racing or more rowdy trail riding. But it’s a fun bike that is good at a lot of things. Let’s call it fun-country. If you’re the type of rider that enjoys climbing up singletrack as much as you love descending it but without the need to be the fastest, this would be the bike for you. It’s a great climbing bike with the rear shock locked or even unlocked. Same for that Trust fork. It rolls right over things that you would traditionally have to lift the front end for on a traditional fork. If you want to read more about the fork, check out the 6 month Pinkbike review. I feel pretty much the same way about it as they do.
With that said, if the Trust fork is a little too adventurous for you we can work with you on swapping to something more traditional. But I liked the Trust on this build and would leave it on there. Dare to be different! It looks bitchin’, grabs people’s attention, and performs quiet well.
This was also my first time riding a bike with Eagle AXS and I am blown away. Amazingly quick and crisp shifts every time. I was shifting just for the hell of it at times because it was so easy and fun. And the rainbow cassette/chain looks beautiful paired with the Turquoise I9 wheels. In my opinion, Industry Nine makes some of the best alloy wheels out there and with their new Hydra hubs the engagement can’t be beat. I have a set of the I9’s on my personal XC bike and can’t go back to anything other than the Hydra hub now.
I almost forgot to talk about the SRAM G2 Ultimate Disc brakes that are spec'd on this bike. These are by far the best SRAM brakes that I have used and am looking to get a set soon. Amazing feel and braking power in a lightweight package.
The only thing that I would change on this build would be the dropper post and possibly the tires depending on where you ride. Overall, this bike is awesome and I was able to set some PR’s on Strava without even feeling like I was pushing it. Was it the fork, the AXS drivetrain, the wheels/tire, or just a combination of the entire build? All I know is I had a lot of fun climbing up singletrack and literally flying down the Tidal Wave trail in Deer Valley. Please reach out if you want to talk more about this build.