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I don't have as many concerns about those brakes - I've ran those, and being a
tubby untalented 240lb rider at the time riding in wide open high speed
trails, they weren't awful. The resin pads do feel a bit more grabby, but
considering what else is in that price range, it's a concession I'd make to
get better rims and tires out of the box.
Considering that the market they're after is riders who would otherwise be on
$800 hardtails or $1200 FS buckets, it's actually a brilliant bike.
What I'm interested in is if there is a realistic opportunity of getting it
kitted with line Deore brakes and rotors, lock-on grips, and speccing it with
a KS eTen-i - because that would be a $1649USD bike, and have EVERYTHING an
aspiring rider on a budget could need. [unsure what that comes out to with the
latest Greenbacks-to-Moosenopoly conversions].
They could probably also do an up-rated one - SLX drivetrain/brakes, run
upspec Trace Fork and HiLo dropper… No reason they couldn't make that with
some other minor cockpit/cosmetic upgrades and also monkey-stomp the $2500 USD
market with that bike.
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