Getting into it.
I've been racing enduro in the rocky mountains on my aluminum Tallboy LT all season. I can say it's an amazingly capable machine and by far the most fun bike I've owned. I've ridden, jumped, and dropped things with more confidence than with a previous 160mm 26er.
For the first handful of races this season, I rode the bike mostly stock with XT drivetrain, RP23 shock, and Rock Shock 140mm Revelation RCT3. Only changes were going to a single-ring with either an MRP AMg or G3 guide and different tires. The bike was fantastic! The Big Mountain Enduro races at Angle Fire, Crested Butte, and Keystone were all raced with this setup. I won Angle Fire and Crested Butte in the Am men 30-39 and finished 4th at Keystone. The bike and Revelation never missed a beat, even at Keystone. Being mountain bikers and Americans, something can always be better though.
Enter the Rock Shock Pike (150mm) solo air and Works Components 1.5 headset.
For the first 3 weeks I only had the Pike, as the headset was backordered. I rode my local trails and raced the Enduro World Series in Winter Park with this setup. First date with the fork and huge difference. The stiffness and suppleness of the fork is incredible. The end of stroke ramp is excellent. The Revelation was superior to the Fox's (Float 36, Fit 32, CDT 34) I've ridden and the Pike blew it out of the water.
While the fork was great, I honestly wasn't overly crazy about how the bike felt with the change. I couldn't quite pin it down. Seemed somewhat twitchy maybe. Either way, I squeaked out a slightly disappointing 6th at Winter Park. (EWS recap post)
A few days after the race (typical, huh) the headset showed up. Had it popped in and went out riding. First ride was down a local DH trail, rough, flowy at speed, large drops, steep rollers, and max fun. Instant change. Bike really came alive. Stability in chunky fast stuff is great. Popping up the front end for wheelies and manuals is easier. The bike is much more confident on steep rollers and chutes. Steering is excellent. The bike can bob and weave as well as any big wheeler. I've noticed no negative changes to the bike's climbing abilities, so kick that worry to the curb. As many have said, Santa Cruz needs to sell the bike slightly more slacked on the front. It makes a fun, capable bike even better.
Reasons not to do it?
|That'd be none|
Pike with 3 air tokens, 50psi. Rider weight about 165 with pack