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I've had my Machine for the last 6 weeks and have a ton of rides into it. While it's still early days - I love the bike.
My previous bike was an Ibis HD3 - so, I was expecting a big change adapting to the wheelsize and geometry. Honestly, it didn't take long to get used to it. For comparisons, I find the Machine to be flat out faster and with the steep STA a superior climber. As far as fun factor - it's a riot. While it's a bit less nimble than the HD3, it's still a lively bike and the added stability opens up other kinds of fun through being faster.
I agree that $5600CDN is eye-wateringly expensive for a frame. I took a chance on the kickstarter, and got my frameset for approx $4100, which is in-line with many carbon options I was looking at.
Personally, I love how it looks, the machining is gorgeous and having 2 bottle mounts is awesome. In a world where the big manufacturers do small, conservative iterative design changes (the jaded part of me thinks it's planned obsolescence and milking the consumer), I think it's kinda cool that we can get stuff from small players that is more out there.
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