4 posts to tell someone their new bike is going to snap is more negative than helpful. When your first comment on a new build is "Dang those rear stays look snappable" it is hard not to take it in a negative light. As you will see in my first post, everything was bought new with a warranty for exactly such an eventuality and I regularly check all components. At the end of the day it is a 1.5kg full sus frame (with shock!) so I think everyone is realistic as to it's possible limitations. Should something unresolvable happen then I guess Funk will be getting a call
Just tested the set up on some new terrain- Some long rocky descents, tech steep rocky climbs and some tech steep rocky descents. I still remain impressed with the performance and don't feel I miss any plushness on the bigger stuff when it comes to descending in comparison to say my Santa Cruz Superlight. Already I feel I am starting to get used to using a bit more body language to pump the terrain and stay nicely balanced through the rough stuff.
Climbing seated on ~10% gradients it could easily be a hardtail if it was a blind test. It is only on the steeper, 20%, smooth climbs when the more rearward weight on the bike pushes the shock deeper in the travel and the differences to a hardtail are more noticeable- in that case a quick flick of the lock out solves everything
I was prepared to be slightly disappointed with some performance aspects (some harshness, some lack of grip perhaps), but these worries were happily unfounded from the first test ride.
New pics with the FSA K-force cranks and lighter build coming as soon as the parts finally make it here