Great review. I'd be curious on how your thoughts comparing this with the Norco Sight as they seem like very similar bikes. Knowing nothing else I'd be inclined to support a Canadian company first, though i have a real soft spot for Transition ever since they came in the scene with awesome product for fair prices back in the day.
What are your thoughts around rider height and wheel size? As a short rider at 5'6 I'm reluctant to go for a longer travel bike since standover becomes a real issue on mid to long travel 29rs. I went from a old 26" bike to a 29r and the difference in speed and climbing really was profound. I would hate to lose that.
I hate to come across as difficult here but I just can’t let this go. I just can’t get past putting what in the big picture amounts to a relatively crappy wheel set on an almost $9000 bike. I am an Emerg doc. That means 2 things: 1. I have a very good income and 2. I have no business sense so maybe I’m totally out to lunch with my opinions, and the profit margins on these bikes are in fact razor thin. However I still balk at the price of bikes these days. 9K is a LOT of money no matter what income bracket you come from. I don’t think you should have to think about upgrading your wheels soon when you spend that kind of cash. I have personally had, and seen lots of friends, free hubs on these kinds of wheel sets fail, and usually it makes more financial sense to buy a whole new wheel than to rebuild it, which just seems so wasteful. I find it hard to believe that companies can’t make still make a fair profit by using their purchasing power up front and spending a little bit more to ensure the consumer is getting a decent wheel set on a 9k bike. Nobody should get DT Swiss 370 hubs ever. In fact DT Swiss should stop making those hubs at all but thats a different conversation. Suffice it to say I don’t think putting them on a 9K bike is justifiable.
I worry about the ever increasing prices in this industry. In the last 10-15 years it seems like prices have almost doubled. Its not like peoples incomes have increased at the same rate, making this an unsustainable trend IMO.
I would buy this in a nanosecond if they offered this in a turbo diesel in Canada. I. Having had a bunch of diesels I absolutely love them and it's a frickin travesty that the only trucks you can get in Diesel in Canada are oversized American junk.
Looking at that price and weight list it seems to me SRAM is still winning, especially with GX being bout a hundred grams lighter and a hundred bucks cheaper than XT. Certainly seems like people are happy with GX. Plus it uses the XD driver which is much more ubiquitous out there. I think Shimano made a big mistake in not using the XD driver to try and reestablish some degree of standardization in a ridiculously fragmented industry. Certainly if I were to upgrade my current 11 spd XT drivetrain to 12 spd I think I’d go Eagle GX based on the lower price, weight, and fact that I could reuse my existing wheel set.