I've always wondered what happens when you combine big wheels with the handling of a full-suspension frame. Five minutes later I was clipped in and spinning down the Lakeside Trail on a brand new Anthem X 29er. This was a unique opportunity to test ride a bike on familiar trails.
- DT Swiss rear hub was way loud. Probably a deal breaker for me. I love silent hub on my GF Rig and the subtle sound of my wheels rolling over dirt.
- Hydraulic brakes - modulation better than mechanical but if you grab too much brake you're going over. Combined with maintenance issues (bleeding, etc) I just don't think they're worth it.
- Pedal clearance - I caught a pedal a couple of times, would have to double check pedal clearance if I were considering the bike.
- The weather (drizzling).
- Rolls effortlessly through rock gardens
- Nimble handling, suspension active even while braking
- Pedaling platform, stand up with no bobbing
- New bike, professionally maintained means crisp shifting
- A free ride
Bottom line: This was a great marriage. Seriously considering flipping a couple of my current bikes for a 29er full suspension.
"It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how."