Suppose we better have a review really.
Did about 18 miles or so.. it's a complete and utter mudfest, so i guess as good a time for a ride as any, dry in the air though, lovely and sunny...
The bike is noisy on the road with the Kenda Nevegal rubber on, proper Spitfire type noisy actually LOL. The front end being very AM type geometry feels quite 'wandery' on the road, but that's something i've always felt about AM type bikes. On the trails though you certainly seem to notice it a lot less.
The gearing of 38T front makes my brain hurt, i'm so used to having a glance at the cassette and knowing what gear i should be in for a specific hill, but i'm now 3 gears different. I find i'm using 1st on the rear quite a lot... certainly a LOT more than i would have in the past. But it's not an issue as such, just something i need to get used to.
The CTD mode on the front doesn't make quite the difference it does on the rear, on the rear, the difference is MASSIVE, from almost no bounce, to loads of bounce, but on the front, it's some bounce to more bounce.. i expected the forks to be locked out, or very close... but it seems to allow a bit of initial 'squish' and then restricts the bounce from there.
You can certainly notice the weight of the bike when out on the trails... i have to admit, if i were being picky it's a ridiculous choice of bike for where i ride... It's heavy, burly and a bit of a beast. It ploughs through things with ease and the suspension is very soft and plush (need a few PSI more in the rear i think).
The Nevegals feel great on the dirt, really impressed with them.
Seat.. Hmmm... it's not the comfiest seat ever i admit. Riding this bike i can sort of now see why people run droppers, way more so than on the Spearfish, i never once felt the seat was in the way on that, whilst i don't feel it's hindering me currently, you're more aware of it being 'there'. So i can see a shopping trip on the way soon.
Grips are cheap and a bit firm and blocky for me.. .they're coming off being i head to Bike Park Wales tomorrow for my Giant grips... which have been long my preference now.
The rear shock protector/cover works well, indeed stopping it getting messy.
Hard to say anything on the true handling of the bike, i've not done anything even remotely bumpy yet...so we'll wait on that one for now.