DH bikes are a considerable investment, and also it behaves to recognize that if you accidentally backed over it with the truck that you may really do even more damages to the truck.
150-millimeter rear-end spacing, we were a little stunned to see 135-millimeter spacing. However, the Standing II still won the hearts of all our testers, cost be damned.
The real standout of the show was the Öhlins TTX 22M back shock, made by the Swedish suspension company especially around the Demonstration 8 (and Enduro Evo) specifically for Specialized. The high-volume, twin-tube layout has a simple adjustment range, with high- and low-speed dials that maintain the shock working within the able to be used series of the bike.
Suspension setup was simple and also damping control was basic yet reliable, with a large range of adjustability, from pogo-stick quick to molasses sluggish. Improvements? A lot more effective brakes would have behaved. The Elixir 5s are powerful for path brakes, yet not enough for downhill gears.
The Scott Gambler 10 is slack. As well slack, perhaps, for some cyclists. When you are speaking about the capability to readjust the head angle from 63 to 62 levels, you know you remain in Slackland. To not simply delight in, but to really manage a bike like this, you have to dedicate to such geometry. Much less skilled motorcyclists might struggle with such angles, but then again, the Gambler had not been really designed for inexperienced cyclists.
We were sent a tool frame, yet after riding it some extra, I would certainly go with a large size. The slack headangle as well as short reach tended to have us hanging over the rear axle, which, although wonderful for some circumstances, indicated that the rider was forced to shift from fore and aft on the bike throughout the ride.