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|Frame||Highlander - Medium - 140mm link||Deviate|
|Shock||DVO Topaz T3||DVO|
|Fork||DVO Onyx D1 160mm||DVO|
|Wheels Rims F||35mm AM Carbon||Nextie|
|Hub F||DT350||DT Swiss|
|Wheels Rims R||35mm AM Carbon||Nextie|
|Hub R||DT350 microspline||DT Swiss|
|Chainring||XT 30t M8120||Shimano|
|Shifter||XT M8100 - I Spec EV||Shimano|
|Derailleur R||XT M8100 12 Long||Shimano|
|Brakes F||XT M8120||Shimano|
|Brakes R||XT M8120||Shimano|
|Cassette||XT M8120 10-51||Shimano|
|Bottom Bracket||XT MT800||Shimano|
|Chain||XT M8100 126 link||Shimano|
|Rotor 180||XT MT800 Ice-Tech Freeza||Shimano|
|Rotor 200||XT MT800 Ice-Tech Freeza||Shimano|
|Bars||OneUp Carbon 35mm/35mm||OneUp|
|Stem||Spank Split 50||Spank|
|Seatpost Lever||Remote LA||Wolftooth|
|Seatpost||One Up V2 180||OneUp|
|Tyres F||DHR II 2.4WT Maxx Grip||Maxxis|
|Tyres R||DHR II 2.4WT Maxx Grip||Maxxis|
|Headset||Hellbender 70||Cane Creek|
|Spokes||DT Competition||DT Swiss|
|Seat||Ergon SM Pro||Ergon|
Arrived eventually... built it in a rush Tue/Wed last week, took it to Melrose Thursday for the Easter weekend, done about 60km on it now and very pleased so far.
Still messing with shock and fork settings and will be for a while but first impressions with the suspension at internet setting are better than my previous fork/shock brands.
I have the Onyx Off-The-Top (OTT) set at 14 turns out of 15 max... so plush and smoothing over small bump and chatter, may adjust that back a few turns. Fork is getting about 130mm of 160mm on rides so far.
The Topaz shock, I have added 1 volume spacer to the positive chamber, it is also very plush and I have been getting about 80% travel on the few rides I have done.
Frame - This is hands down the smoothest bike I have ever ridden and that is right now with the suspension at online basic settings, hoping to dial that in further over the next month or two.
I have never felt the back end of a bike behave this way before, the back end just rolls over rocks on the down and ups, more noticeably (so far) climbing tech semi-slowly, the jarring as the back wheel bounces off a large rocks has gone, no need to hop or unweight the back, it just follows and sucks up the trail. Also no pedal strikes so far which is very pleasing.
Idler - While pedalling, you can hear the chain clicking as it goes around the idler but no resistance can be felt while riding but when off the bike and spinning the cranks backwards, its obvious a few additional watts are needed to propel the bike forward. I have a spare idler that I will experiment with other bearings fitted.
Sizing - Spot on. So glad it was right as I spent hours looking at the geometry of this bike in Med and Large and also past/current bike geos. I went 50mm stem and 44mm offset forks to get rid of that chopper feel I had on my last bike and get weight balanced rather than over the back wheel, feeling great so far and grip is on point.
Bars -I have never had bars this high before, always 10mm-20mm rise max, these are 35mm rise after riding a set of 30mm high bars for a few months, I decided I liked the high rise and these feel good, may flip a 10mm spacer up to try in the future.
Brakes - Glad you lot talked me into the M8100 to M8120 upgrade, the dual pistons feel great.
Dropper - 180mm but actually feels really good, didn't realise my dodgy knee could bend for 180mm drop but it was a nice surprise.
The weight is where my Santa Cruz was, the frame was 3130g bare with only the supplied seat clamp fitted, 14.49Kg is the final weight with everything fitted, ready to ride, this is around about where I thought it would be, it was built for fun downs, riding trips away and general trail duties. I have plenty of others for riding up hill fast.
First impressions are really good, its smooth and feels planted on corners, I just need to let go a little each ride and get them balls back swinging again.