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Bike-Bros dan-roberts's article
Jun 20, 2019 at 20:56
Jun 20, 2019
Behind the Numbers: GT Force Suspension Analysis
Does it actually make any sense to discuss negative antisquat in the highest gear when you're 2/3 into your travel on an enduro bike? The negative antisquat won't matter at all when you strike your pedal doing 40 km/hr and find yourself launched into space. I would think antisquat matters most up to about 40% into the stroke in low gears to give efficient climbing in crud and keeping momentum in mid gear quicker rooty climbs. In high gears, if a company is going to offer antisquat further into the travel they better offer a higher bb and/or short cranks because that kind of pedalling is frightening (high speed, using more than 1/2 the shock stroke). Just some thoughts...
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 12:56
Mar 5, 2019
Marin Releases the 2019 Mount Vision
Being a Wolf Ridge owner and lover I find this exciting. The Naild Suspension is such a stand out for performance I have found every bike I've ridden since the first Wolf Ridge test ride to be somewhat harsh and not as efficient of a climber. Before buying my bike I had reservations because of the looks. Then I rode the bike on my usual trails. When something helps you to ride faster and helps you ride more confidently it is strange but your perception of the looks quickly switches to loving it. Thanks Marin and Polygon for pushing the limits of what we expect from suspension designs.
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2018 at 9:40
Dec 14, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@Hardtailhooligan: One thing to keep in mind is the low stack height mentioned. At 6'4" you will be ok on seat-tube length but may struggle with getting the bars high enough. At very least, go into the purchase with a plan to buy some FU40s or some other handlebars with a lot of rise... might just be enough to put you in a really comfortable position.
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2018 at 5:56
Dec 14, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@Balgaroth: I do think you're onto something there. Though not quite as simple as just a different shock, the main triangle looks like it could be shared between the two (Force and Sensor) with switched out rear-end and top link to allow for longer travel. We have the luxury in a store of being able to look at the bikes side by side which helps. If it is what they've done, I think it is genius as we're seeing geometry expectations (head angle, seat-angle, reach being most obvious) being the same on either 27.5 or 29" wheels now. I ended up getting a Sensor Pro size Large for myself and steer tube length was a tad short which forced me to put a higher rise bar on... still trying to track down the appropriate air spring to push the bike up to 140mm fork too. It is a funny thing about the rigidity that makes you want to ride like an idiot heh. Whenever I mention the stiffness to people I have to also mention that I'd never complained about a bike not being stiff enough before - just not a thing that I ever thought about - but then when I get on this thing there is this weird sensation almost whispering in your ear like, "dude, it is built like this for a reason - ride harder." I liken it to the first time I rode on a tapered steer tube frame/fork when that was a new thing - I hadn't ever thought about front end stiffness as an issue then all of a sudden the game changes and you start pushing the front end of the bike more. One thing on the stack height too: look at Martin Maes and Wynn Master's riding styles. They both seem to share a similar riding style of riding in a very aggressive bent over stance which suits these bikes (and racing in general). I admit on my first test ride day I was liking that position - I was only out for a couple hours and was pushing hard. It was more once I got my own bike and the rides weren't all-out that I felt the need to raise the front end. Enjoy your bike!
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 17:41
Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@brianpark: Great to hear. I sure feel odd questioning anything RC says. That is like arguing with the preacher at church!
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 13:25
Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@Hardtailhooligan: I think the Sensor AL Comp is killer value. You pay a bit of a weight penalty, the brake levers are a little long (just slide them in further) but otherwise I don't think you have anything you'd have complaints about. Solid drivetrain (SLX 11 spd with 11-46 cassette is best bang for the buck available I think), wide enough rims to get good performance from the tires, solid dropper and modern bar/stem dimensions. The nice thing being a really strong setup out of the box is you can buy it, ride it hard, upgrade as you break things.
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 13:20
Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@arrowheadrush: come on out to check out the bikes. We have 2 carbon versions in stock in most sizes (including the Expert model tested), I personally am riding a Pro model I'm happy to bring in if you want to see it, we have the beige alloy version in stock too... they look impressive in person. Great fit and finish! On models like this expert it is surprising they don't highlight more the fact that this thing has an X01 derailleur and cassette in a price range other companies are selling NX or maybe GX on carbon bikes.
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 12:35
Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@mikekazimer: Wow, honored to have your feedback. I think the brief comments about the "more XC" and that GT needs to work on Kinematics were two things that compelled me to comment. As you guys are proving, you can do an amazing job on the reviews but this one has brought up the idea in my mind that the tone of a review can be "its good" or "not good". Being as excited as I was after riding this bike I had to say something. As you mention, and what I would identify with more (I've had to learn this for moments when I'm suggesting a bike that I personally am not a fan of) is to talk about the type of rider a bike might suit, why it might suit them, the trails it might suit etc. A great example is the Sensor vs. Trance 29er. Some see similar bikes, I see 2 bikes that compliment each other. For a certain rider who goes out on long rides, keeps their butt in the saddle much of the time, the Trance and its Maestro suspension would be more comfortable and the slightly slacker seat angle means slightly less weight on the hands on longer flatter pedalling trails. The Sensor might favor an aggressive rider who is out of the saddle more, or rides/enjoys trails with quick punchy climbs and steep descents to take advantage of the geometry and suspension. Maybe a thought for the tone of the reviews?? Otherwise, thanks for the great reviews!
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 12:01
Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@Purpledragonslayer: yup, I think that "more xc" comment is what made me comment. I'd say more like short travel all mountain that could still do a marathon race... then next day go have some fun on steep stuff in BC". An additional comment about stack height is that in smaller sizes this bike fits incredibly well because of the low stack - way easier to put riser bar on size large than drop bar on size small. My wife, who is a good rider but doesn't get techy at all in her reviews (size small), made the comment mid ride that the bike fit her amazingly and looking at her positioning I thought the same thing.
Bike-Bros RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 11:54
Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
@jayacheess: to be fair, Yes, I was on the Pro version, though it still has the same rear shock (it and the kinematics seemed to be a large part of the criticism), and major drivetrain/brake componentry. I don't think many of the other upgrades to the Pro would have impacted the bike's feel (different version of rim, carbon bar, fancy stem, carbon dropper). There is a fork difference: Pike on Pro, Revelation on Expert but that seems to not be one of the critical issues mentioned (or that I noticed).
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