The cockpit was pretty compact for a size medium but it was also fuss free (hooray). The guide brakes were smooth and powerful, the Contact SL Switch dropper post lever was ergonomic and easy to engage and the post operated without any glitches during testing, however a, few more mm's of drop would have been appreciated for the steeper descents.
When it came to cornering, the SX held its lines pretty well, but it did tend to try and keep me upright, and so it took added intention to drive my weight forward in order to be balanced over the suspension as I hit the apex of a turn. The faster rolling, lighter weight Pacestar compound of the RockRazor rear tire may not have been up to the chunky terrain of Sydney, as I flatted it three times. The tires are tubeless ready, and a tubeless set-up may have potentially saved me some of the headache of trail side flat repairs but so would have a more durable tire. If you want to go tubeless you’ll need to get yourself some valves and sealant to make the switch, and you could shave a couple of grams off the bike as an added bonus.
The women’s specific design of the SX might not make sense to some of the numbers nerds out there as it lacks some of the progressive geometry that's currently en vogue but if you put the geo charts aside for a moment and focus on what the bike does offer, well, there are a few points that could score with many female riders. It’s a bike that likes to point and shoot, it likes to eat up chunder and like good partner that's worth their salt, it wants you to succeed. It’s a comfortable, easy to get used to, fun enhancing type of bike, and that right there is a winning lottery ticket for so many women. Ok, so it doesn’t climb like a bat out of hell, but I wouldn’t feel uneasy about having to spend a long day out on the SX. Pinkbike's Impressions:
|The Intrigue SX is a well put together package that's easy to jump aboard and get ripping on quickly. It has all the right elements for the rider who has her climbing game tidied up, and who is now looking to smash the descents and really feel confident about it. - Rachelle Frazer|
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About the ReviewerStats: Age: 30 something • Height: 5'6” • Inseam: 31" • Weight: 116lb • Industry affiliations / sponsors: None Rachelle's relationship with mountain biking began when she moved from Australia to Whistler, B.C., in 2005, where she swiftly fell in love with downhilling thanks to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Her love for mountain biking has grown over the years to include all types of riding, and she is currently working on taming the unruly rock gardens of the East Coast of the USA where she now lives. Rachelle Frazer