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.
Great article as always Andrew. I love the shout out to mental health at the end. You are right about the comment section as well. I typically avoid comment sections as they tend to be a forum for spewing bile but NSMB is an exception as you pointed out. Happy new year and all the best to you and yours and all the other readers.
Update: they are offering to sell me a crash replacement. While I'm not necessarily surprised, I am disappointed. I just don't think a bike costing 6k should break from what's essentially a tip over while at stand still. If it does then IMO 1. It's not designed well enough for its intended purpose, 2. It's the wrong material for its intended purpose, 3. The company should have a no questions asked replacement policy for at least one year from purchase, or 4. It's only realistic for those with very deep pockets who don't have qualms about buying a new frame on an annual basis. While I'm fortunate enough to be a high income earner I still cannot justify this kind of expense, never mind the hassle of being without a bike for a significant portion of our (Short) riding season in Alberta. I think I'll be selling this bike once I get the replacement and looking to go back to aluminum. Maybe NSMB could put together an article on high end aluminum bikes that rival the best CF rigs out there?
I'm still waiting to hear. Thing is even if they replace it, now I'm going to worry about it happening again, and I firmly believe I shouldn't. I am 45 and don't ride crazy shit anymore. IMO a MTB needs to be tough enough to withstand minor falls like mine. Sure, it can get scrathed, or sustain other cosmetic damage, but it should remain safe and rideable after the type of minor falls that are so common in this sport. Personally after this experience, even if they replace it for free I'm thinking of selling the bike and picking up a Knolly Fugitive or something similar in Al to replace it.
When carbon started to appear more and more on the scene about a decade ago I really wasn't sold in the idea. Road bikes for sure but MTB? Way to many opportunities to sustain impact damage. Fast forward to 2017 and it seemed like CF really had become the primary material for frames suggesting the industry had figured this out so I bought my first CF MTB. So yesterday I was out on an epic old school XC ride and had an awkward fall at basically walking speed or slower when I got the front wheel stuck in a rut. The kind of fall I've had countless times in my riding career. Fell on my side and managed to break the seat stay on my bike. I haven't even got a full season out of it. Aluminum might have dented but it would still be rideable IMO. I think a MTB costing this much should be able to deal with these kinds of expected falls. It's what happens to most riders. If we are honest most people who can afford these machines won't be hucking big gaps etc but they will have many of these types of falls. It's left a really bad taste in my mouth.
I agree. Pedal assist E-MTB (I don't know about throttle controlled e bikes since I have never ridden one, but at least on the surface they seem to be more mini motorbikes than bicycles) has a place and brings many advantages to the table including serving as an equalizer for riders of varying fitness and age, providing a more environmentally responsible alternative to shuttling, making winter riding fun again and so on. I do not own one, and I was totally biased in principle against them, until I rode one. To anyone opposed to them rather than try and convince you through words I suggest to just go ride one. It fundamentally changes your views and opens your mind to its potential while allaying your fears of trail destruction etc.