Phill P wrote:
I'm interested in how these bikes ride compared to current FS bikes. The construction is so simple, they must be cheaper to make than all the machined links and pivot points of the current multi link rear ends. Few nice big bearings and straight forward structures.....I mena how complicated does a bike need to be in order for it to be good enough to take out for a good thrashing???
Awesome paint job btw....if Klien ever comes back on the market it better have the paint!
They're not bad. I just got the carbon version full bike (2000 mantra race) for $75, no typo
The thing that I've heard is that Unified rear triangle bikes like these have trouble because the rear suspension acts differently from weight on pedals to weight on seat and pitching from braking can make some interesting effects especially downhill. It's a great singletrack bike. But no, it was never meant for downhill trailriding. Climbs fantastically, however. I was playing around with the front suspension settings and can confirm that the ride is much more composed and the bike handles better with the stiffer/less travel setting. Granted, a modern S-works epic or Trek 9.9 or Scott, Santa Cruz, Commencal, Ibis, etc etc are superior