I'm gonna go with black-as-black-can-be and name her 'missy'
So, Missy arrived today and is just the cure I need for the post-Alps-blues
Looks good Jo!
After riding the Diva for a fair few miles now, I feel like it's probably worth giving a bit of a review, in case anyone else drags this thread out of the archives whilst trying to decide on a new machine.
Obviously this is just my experience/opinion and is based on my riding style and type of trails. I know there is likely to be many people out there who would review the Diva in a completely different light.
After much deliberation, I went for a 140 mm-reasonably-light build to run on all day rides and to blast about at trail centres, but that would still descend well. The bike does exactly everything I wanted it to, but is way better at technical climbing than I was expecting....and feels SOOOO fast. My list of excuses has now run out! It is an absolute blast to ride.
Fit: the fit of the 'short' is perfect for me...I'm 5'3", short torso'd/long legged and hate being stretched out. In addition, I can really move around the bike a lot.
Suspension: when I first got the bike, I could not get it set up for love nor money. It was either blowing through the travel front and back, or skitting round all over the place. I knew I was likely to need the back tuning from speaking to others who run air can with the the 5, but wasn't expecting so many problems with setting up the (kashima) forks. The 'CTD' feature just felt a bit gimmiky. I was very worried I had made a serious mistake not speccing a 160 mm up front, or going with coil.
In the end I had both the fork and shock tuned by J-Tech to add some mid-stroke compression. I cannot even begin to tell you the huge amount of difference it has made. Now the bike really feels like a rocket. I use all the CTD settings (and I'm notoriously lazy with stuff like that) and they all have a role for varying rides.
If you get the Diva, and want to run air, prepare to pay out to fine tune it.
The bike came with a long cage XT mech, even though I specc'd a gamut chain device. The XT mech cracked in 40 miles. The failure was manufacturing fault and it's being replaced under warranty, but it still seems daft not to spec a more appropriate mech when someone has paid to upgrade to a gamut. The long cage just flapped about. I now have a 'zee' mech on there.
I never really appreciated what 'brake jack' was until now....I am hoping it is going to cure my 'dragging brakes' habit.
A great choice of steed..I got a five AM in June and love it..it's true what they say about the 160mm forks they are a little heavy but they don't half soak up the big stuff when you let the thing go! One thing I have noticed about this bike is that it needs a bit of pace to keep it singing..I live in the lakes and find its perfect for the area...I do also have a hard tail too for general stuff and events
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