Here's a bike that we built up over the weekend for Cameron, who came down to the Bitterroot from Great Falls. This was the first time we've built up one of these bikes and i admit that i was pretty darn impressed with the quality (frame did need some prep work, but nothing past the ordinary facing & chasing of the BB shell). The ano finish looked quality and the suspension linkage looked like it could handle a little abuse....the 20mm lower pivots should fight off any inherit flex. I even managed to sneak it out of his hands to take it for a quick spin once we put the final touches to it. At a smidge shy of 30# the bike felt really quick when you stomped on the pedals which is a tough charateristic to pull off for most 7" travel bikes. The suspension felt as good as any 10minute parking lot test will allow you to check, it seemed to just float over the small bumps, almost made them entirely dissapear. I thought it pedaled pretty darn nice and i know Cameron was stoked to get it home for a spin on his local trails....i'm sure he'll be calling soon to let us know.
a close up of the linkage....darn front derailleur was a little tight fitting, but we managed with a tradional clamp dual pull Shimano XT
re-inforced for large stoppers.