The opportunity came and I jumped on it. I took the bike home and got it set up to fit. I am 5'11" and I chose to go with the medium. It turned out to be a good choice.
I headed out to park in N Mills River and rolled up the 3 ish mile climb on a gravel road. Right away, I was pleased. This bike was light and fast.
|Pisgah is cool.|
|Got the trail in the crosshairs.|
If I bought this bike, the first thing I would do is set up the tubeless tires and add Ergon grips.
As I said before, this bike is stiff, responsive and light.
If racing XC or short track races is your thing, this bike would rail and help you get to the podium. If these were my goals, I would 100% be into this bike, I would not even ride another bike. It is so light that at Bent Creek, I found myself jumping off of every little rock and root. Definitely a fun bike.
But, I am into long distance, endurance, multi day, bikepacking, stage race type of events. After my ride today, I can't recommend this bike for these applications. ( I am considering XC racing just so I have a reason to own this machine!).
My advice, go ride one for yourself. Take it for a spin and see what it can do.