Thanks in advance.
Im hurt and off the bike, looking outside at the rain and so what else is there to do aside from look for a new bike!
Ive been considering a snazzy hardtail for many months but am having a tough time committing to a Primer or a Surface or something like that as it probably has a higher likelihood of sitting unused whereas an XC oriented squishy bike likely would see miles.
I have a '14 E29 and it is wicked and I still love it but I would like to supplement it with a bike that's less enduro and more XC for the days when Im looking for something different than a point and smash bike. I had a 26r SWorks Epic which was a handful of terror here, so I sold it. Climbed amazing well but I found it treacherous descending anything that was even a bit gnarly'ish, possibly due to how it was set up, but dramatic and sweeping changes would have been required. Bought a Knolly Endorphin that was awesome but more Enduro'ish than I expected so Ive since given that to my son who is shredding on it now. Id love to have a usable XC bike.
I love XC bikes but am worried that they might not be useful on the Shore - the 26r Epic was not. I always felt that I would still have that bike if it had have been a 29r, so Im thinking that a Rocky Element BC Edition could be a rideable XC bike for the Shore. Obviously not for the more gnarly stuff but with the 29s and a bit more travel, it should work as a GREAT shore climber and a fun descender on things that arnt too sketchy. Trails like Upper Tall Cans, 7th, Crinkum, loamers, Foreverafter…….that type of thing. Id love to find a bike with more equivalent climbing and descending abilities...something more balanced. I know that an Altitude or Instinct is the more useful Shore bike but they're too Enduro next to my E29 - and Id have the same issue as I had with the Endorphin.
Anyone have one and can provide feedback on usability of a Rocky Element ( including BC Edition) on the Shore by a normal person (not some freak)?