Posted by: Cabana76
Ya, I now have heard that many people really liked the Spartan and were pleasantly surprised with its climbing ability. Never heard of Privateer, I'll have to look that one up. Ibis never really did it for me, but I also lust after the Guerilla Gravity Smash. It looks like a bike that would ride bigger than its numbers, especially with a coil. Again, the lack of local warranty support and no demos nearby make me nervous.
I was in Denver on business this August and stopped by the GG shop. Didn’t have time for a proper demo but the ride around their parking lot and up the road felt really good on the Smash. Very much in the bike, really nice upright STA. lots of adjustability all over the frame. The ability to change the rear is intriguing and looks pretty easy, if costly.
As their first year on this new carbon layup the frames looked a little unrefined in finish. Not bad but just not the cleanliness of other brands. could be a function of the all matte black frames
They hinted that 2020 will have paint colours....