All I can say is, if y'all don't shape your trailhead & access point behavior up, this won't be a decision you have to make anymore.
There's no way to eliminate risk in your life. But think extra carefully these days about what risks you're taking, and what the consequences may be.
Stay active, keep your health up (physical, and mental), but keep in mind you don't want to be in the ER at the best of times and during a crisis like this you put others lives at risk if you land there.
The clear weeping!
...you mean I can't replace this Specialized Brain with a CC Coil?
Your restraint to not make this whole article into SS evangelism is impressive.
I have a an older (read: worthless on the used market) hardtail sitting around. Geo is reasonable, brakes & fork are totally decent. But the drivetrain is roached, and I don't really have the money to replace it.
WHAT SHOULD I DO!?
I have a 2010 Santa Cruz Heckler... what's your suggested route to make my bike compete with the new Heckler? Is the integrated motor/battery going to be difficult to add, or is there a kit?
He'd look *stunning* in an evening gown.
When Fraser runs for Prime Minister I'm voting for him.
I didn't have any issues, but also didn't like... smash the thing through a full Shore winter. Its also not that hard to take apart to clean, but I'd agree with your assessment that its sub-optimal.
Stack, reach, rear center... they're all very much at play... along with every other number in the geo chart.
Its really easy to get sucked into looking at one number... Remember when we measured bikes by seat tube? Or when nothing mattered but HTA, or BB height, or the more recent obsession with reach?
One measurement just isn't how bikes work, though. And on any bike with suspension, all the geometry numbers are dynamic.
The STA in isolation isn't that slack - I don't think I framed that as a real problem here? Slack-ish.And worth noting I'm not particularly prone to the challenges of people with large inseams and slack actual STA's.
But you can't look at any geometry number in isolation; take a somewhat slack STA, add some stack height, relatively short reach, and your center of mass is positioned rather near the rear axle when things get particularly steep. The new Hightower is a full 20-something mm longer in reach, and has 25mm less stack height.
Horses for courses, right?
The test bike was a large - I'm 'round about 5'10-ish and with a relatively short 30" inseam. I've got 1" of additional drop I could use on the post. If I wanted to use something with more drop, I might have to look at a post with less stack height.
So... your concerns aren't unfounded, but a lot of riders my height will probably have a little bit more wiggle room.
And agreed - this bike is in a very crowded market. The ST platform is very interesting, if possibly a bit less of a One Bike to Rule Them All here in BC? It'd be a lot more interesting to me if the geo was modernized a bit, I really enjoy a good short travel bike (I'd love to play on a Yeti SB100 for a bit). The suspension works well, but the angles on this (or the ST) just never quite did it for me around here when the going got steep.