With an expense of greater than $10,000, our examination bike is truly a desire construct, completely down to the Enve wheels. There was some discussion regarding whether carbon wheels belong on a downhill bike, yet they are rigid as well as help a currently nippy bike accelerate also much faster.
The Bettor had a playful nature, popped off lips well and also just frolicked in the roughest components of the route. The bottom-bracket elevation is flexible from 13.6 inches to 14 inches, which in combination with the low center of mass and brief back side provided it an enjoyable feel. The incredibly stiff structure as well as limited rear end make it possible to commit to the terrain and also get more traction.
The majority of our testers were stunned at the flight high quality of the Status II and also immediately felt comfortable on it. At 38.5 extra pounds, it's absolutely not the lightest of the bunch, however that didn't maintain it from feeling very vibrant as well as playful. The cabin felt spot-on as well as the bike's intuitive geometry provides it a steady, yet maneuverable feeling.
The Bettor we were sent out came with a 275-pound spring on a Fox DHX RC2 rear shock, something that appeared we needed to alter today. I consider 76KG (absolutely not portly) as well as I was blowing with the traveling all too easily (something that led to a damaged chain guide taco on the initial lap). This weight of springtime may fit lighter riders, yet it had not been enough for our demands. Once switched out for a 350-pound springtime, things ended up being much, much better. The bike was able to sit up in its traveling, not drag its base (bracket) on the ground or shed the front wheel someplace into next week.
Our testers liked the bike's adjustability and also the linkage's all-bump sensitivity. Some of our testers felt that it was only when you got up to speed up on 'big-boy' terrain that you could totally recognize the Scott Gambler's true character, however I located it to be an immensely playful and also fun bike long before you reached higher speeds. Its strength, tightness and character would certainly make it as a lot a park bike as a racing monster.
The Fierceness has undertaken a radical remodeling. It dropped its carbon skin and also 'changed' to a light weight aluminum framework. This is not only less costly and less taxing than carbon, however enables kinematics and geometries to be changed during advancement. That does not mean the present model isn't much more progressive as well as innovative than it ever before has been. As a matter of fact, a lot of the testers felt this Fierceness was an enhancement over previous versions.