I got the chance to throw a leg over the DaamBuilt that was pictured in this piece and it's an amazing ride. I've also ridden Lenz bikes in the past and they're solid too- I'd love something along the lines of a Fatillac someday. A local outfit called Solace cycles is designing ti hardtails with pinion drivetrains- they're really fun to ride too. Nice to have good options, so long as we take the time to look around before buying the same thing that everyone else does.
I know this is a bit dated, but I wanted to leave something here for anyone that is considering upgrading their comp to the dorado air spring from the pro. Manitou figured out a way to make it work, but it's a little bit more complex than a simple swap.
The change requires two parts. They're the Magnum Pro 27.5+ 120/140 air spring (141-32155-K023) and the Mastodon Comp air piston (141-30996-K024). Manitou can provide guidance about the conversion process if you need it. They went the extra mile to make this work and deserve massive kudos for doing so.
I had my shop convert my fork since I was having difficulty with the air spring on the comp (I'm 100kg with gear). It was ok, but difficult to get full travel out of unless the air pressure was really low (which caused lots of dive). It is a completely different fork now that it has the dorado spring, much plusher and fun to ride. Cheers!
Sounds a lot like where I live over in the Adirondacks! Can't wait to come ride and compare notes on bugs. Thanks a lot of chiming in- do you have a local trails organization?
Thanks schwaaa31! Been through North Conway before but have never ridden there. It's definitely going on the list. I appreciate the assist.
Thanks for the reply Cam. I'll do some digging and report back if I find anything concrete. Cheers!
Nice stuff! Those trails look great- would you consider sharing a general location for those of us who might be interested in checking them out? Thanks!
ebay, actually. However, after trying them out my mechanic, who has hand pain while riding from an injury, ordered a set for himself straightaway. He said that they're available through BTI. I live in the US btw.
PSA for anyone considering upgrading their comp fork to the dorado air spring, it requires two parts. I haven't done it yet, but my local shop ordered the parts for me. They're the Magnum Pro 27.5+ 120/140 air spring (141-32155-K023) and the Mastodon Comp air piston (141-30996-K024). Manitou can provide guidance about the conversion process. Cheers!
I took the plunge and picked up one of these saddles for my hardtail. The difference is mind-boggling. I didn't expect it to live up to the hype, but it's easily surpassed my expectations. Thanks for the terrific review.
Side note: SQ Labs had amazing customer service and are generally just nice folks- I got my saddle used and they hooked me up with a new set of elastomers.
Just wanted to chime in on the discussion. I tried out both sweeps, and love the 16 degree model on my hardtail. It feels similar to my old Answer 20/20, but the additional width is spectacular. Got the AL version and couldn't be happier- thanks for the review.
I too would like to see a review of the Slate T4's. I've run XTs, Guides, and Maguras and all of them are lacking in at least one way (modulation, reliability, squeal, etc.), but I don't want to drop a fortune to upgrade them without having some confidence that the replacement is up to the challenge of stopping me without sounding like a special effect out of a b-rated sci fi flick.