At 6'3" I share your feelings, robnow... I expected, this gonna be bomber. I did not however expected, that I will be right between two sizes. XL Firebird 29 rides great, but that seat tube angle along with short chainstays is not ideal (and yeah, the waterbottle). I think I will give the XL Mega a try, not really ready for 1300mm+ wheelbase and that super high stack (as I like my cockpit pretty low.
Wow, I truly didn't expect such impressions, as basically all other Firebird reviews are highlighting its performance on rough and steep sections as well as the magnificent stiffness of the frame. And you are telling the absolute opposite, Tim. On the other hand, someone already questioned the stiffness of those Reynolds wheels. Do you think that those hoops might be the main issues?
I have no problem to sacrifice a bit of climbing performance, when the bike really shines on the gnarly descents. Have to say I absolutely love my Nomad 3.0 on both, the descents and the climbs. And I am not that determined to buy the Firebird, as I was before reading this review. Tim, can you briefly compare the Nomad 3.0 and the Firebird for me, please? And tell me what is your height and weight, if you don't mind? Just for the reference. Thanks!