Posted by: Timer
Posted by: awesterner
The 160/140 of the Sentinel is a pretty good sweet spot. I find mine quite nimble. At least for me I don't think the 140mm rear end gets in over its head unless you are smashing medium hits at Mach Chicken, or if you are on the brake bumps in the Park. Other than that it's pretty solid pick for a in between bike. :-)
**disclaimer this style of bike is a rear wheel destroyer. I'm on rear wheel #4. It takes you into the gnar at all the speed of a bigger bike,,,it's just kinda runs out of travel hahaha
How are you finding the pedalling on the Sentinel? Read a couple of reviews and the gist of it seemed to be that it is more capable than most 140mm bikes, but also that it pedals worse and feels less nimble than similar travel bikes.
Given it's weight, I found the Sent pedalled as well as could be expected. None of this 'climbs like an XC bike sh*t' but in the mid setting on the shock, it went up fine & had very little bob. I found it still had noticeable wheel flop on slower more techy stuff, but I expected it to, compared to what I am used to.
Where I found it suffered was racing more than anything. It felt very soft and mushy on the pedals, which combined with a low BB meant care was needed when trying to put the power down on something rough. I clipped a lot of pedals on that bike.
I have found the Raaw climbs better so far for comparison, which for an even bigger bike was surprising. When I say climbs better, again, it's all relative, compared to my 26lb Fuel 9.9 it feels heavy, slow, lethargic but for a 15kg monster truck, it just keeps going up stuff I would have trouble taming the front wheel on the Fuel with.
I put it down to the (much) longer stays & mega steep SA. In terms of nimbleness, I don't find these massive 29er's overly nimble, they are a bit more of a 'Hulk Smash' style of riding :)