Demo Love from The Path Demo in Tustin, CA
Just a quick summary… My bike had the following setup; black medium frame (BTW too small for me, tested Large and that’s the ticket ) 170mm Fox Float, 710 mm handlebar with 60mm stem, XT 10-speed double ( 24/36 ) with MRP chain guide, New 2012 XT Deore Brakes, DT Swiss wheels with 2.3 Kenda.
Regarding the components: New XT brakes are the Bomb !!!!! Cheaper than anything else but super strong and decent light, forget the XT drive train , SRAM , even XO is better, MRP chain guide is specifically designed for the frame with the floating front derailleur ( E-Type ) and works perfect on both front rings, 710 Handlebar is clearly the right choice, fork and rear shock worked flawless but sensitive to right air pressure (180 front and rear ). Setup on front: ( 3 clicks high speed and 10 clicks low speed compression, 4 clicks rebound ).
With a little bit of a nice talk and my Austrian accent I was able to grab the bike and drive with my own truck to Santiago Oaks and returned it 1 1/2 later … hehehe
Climbing:(Chutes) : no need for Pro Pedal, dw-Link does all the job, climbing was a easy, no extra effort. (timed myself up Chutes, faster time than David on his Remedy ), specially the switch backs were easy to tackle, even standing up, bike responded with acceleration !
Flat terrain: ( Road Runner trail ): bike is fast enough, that you would wish for a triple on the front !
Downhill: (Chutes): yummy ! Can’t beat 170mm !!!!
Jumping: (Chutes): yummy ! Can’t beat 170mm !!!!
The guy (Josh) from Pivot running the demo events all over the country, showed me his own bike … Firebird with Talas 36 180mm, Saint brakes (4-piston) and adjustable seat. He said no problem going up San Juan, after the test ride I believe him ! Bike weight 30-31lbs with solid components, there are builts out there with 28lbs but not serious about downhill/park ride. Only change from 2011 to 2012, rear 142/12mm axle, he said you will not feel the difference ( but I say, it is now the standard for 2012 …. LOL )
Last but not least: white frame looks the killer!