who has them, who likes them, who's demo'd them and is thinking about getting one. which do you like and why. what are the drawbacks even for those you like.
i demo'd a Marin Wolf Ridge in late summer. i wanted to like it, my buddy sure does (waiting for his to arrive) but i didn't. i'm sensitive to seat angle and reach and really adjusted to a certain fit, and this one was much different. yes there was some pixie dust with the pedalling platform as advertised but i just didn't jive with it.
last weekend in the monsoons, i demo'd a Norco Range 29. impressive all around. definitely sleepy and wandery on an xc ride but with enough tech thrown in for good measure it was still fun. incredible climbing traction, cleaned all the tough bits on my route. made for serious high speed descending with stunning stability and plush rear traction. i'd still prefer a bit steeper STA (xl bike) but it was manageable and probably perfect for many guys.
i'm keen to get on any one that i can at this point. Wreck, Sent, E29, all of them and see how they differ. very cool bikes.