After 4 months of MTB drought, I did my first MTB ride of the year - and also first ride on my new (or at least new frame) bike.
The first thing I noticed was the steeper seat tube angle, which meant I was higher on the bike vs my prior bike. At first I thought my saddle was too high, but I checked, and it was the right height - so the seat tube angle made the difference.
The 2nd thing I noticed was the slacker head angle, and longer fork (140 vs 130mm). The bike felt more stable going off drops.
I didn’t use the full travel of the fork, and it felt a little too hard, so I’ll air down maybe 5psi next time and see how it goes. I have an extra volume spacer in the fork, so that in theory allows me to run lower pressure while preserving bottom-out performance.
I also noticed that 4 months of not mountain biking left me unprepared for the beating of rocky Colorado desert trails. Just got to get out and ride more I guess!
I’ve seen a bunch of YouTube clips of people riding this. It’s crazy.