no issues, tried on some I9 grades and NOBL TR33s, no prob at all.
great review man ! All reviews should go to the effects temperature has on performance. My experience with these is hat for aggressive riding (and fast trails) front works fantastic with cushcore, as well as the rear.. however rocky abrasive terrain is a durability issue for sure.. for which I would switch to Wild Rockr2 in GumX.. for technical loamy damped conditions, the enduro f/r combo works great.. If your OCD allows for it.. WE Front & DH34 rear is amazing combination as well.
Noel, thanks for jumping on these forums. I will have a Knolly again in the future when I deserve it ;). I have lusted over a few bikes, carbon warden when I had my alloy, podium, delirium. Etc. With that said, I think you nailed it withthe term "raceable" bike, that's how I used my Warden for 3 seasons..
I understand bike geometry needs to be compared with other current ones.. however I feel like there is a range that should be declared "acceptable modern" as it all depends on personal preference (pro riders included). A frame in L size with 500mm reach is long.. by no means dated, (in my books... ).. shortish CS length at 431mm? (it's a 27.5 bike after all) Dont ever try a Canfield balance then. ; ) .
Knollys have been "balanced" bikes all the bike (geometry wise), but the shortcoming is the linkage... when clean and fresh bushings there, it works great.. let mud/grit/much sit there and you have a friction sh*t-show against you. I had a previous gen warden, I loved the way it handled descents, tech riding, definitively not an enduro race bike (the no pedal kickback was amazing feeling on the downs)....But the linkage required too much maintenance to be smooth and keep the suspension acting freely with the shock.
I have raced wild enduro rear with CC pro couple times, and being average weight (75ish kg naked) I am terrible line picker and EXO tires last me nothing.. the rim tires survived Madeira EWS with good traction.. on the front I was not convinced on the benefits back then, but this summer I managed to use MagiX Wild Enduro from + CC pro in the bike parks in PDS.. this one held up to the abuse of high speed rocky and/or groomed berms as a DH tire, with 20 psi... on the other hand, I tried Michelin DH34 with CC pro in the rear.. not needed in my opinion.. better damp and enough support without insert.. I just put a huck norris to protect the rim in case of catastrophic line choice.. I had a lot of those but at low speed (if you saw Zermatt race conditions.. worst weather snowy muddy cold af).. I understand Maxxis is benchmark for testing and there are comparative casings to other tires.. but I think that there a nuances that make very different experiences with other manufactures + inserts. Tire profile, volume for example play a huge role, if you see the Michelin DH offers, these are not high volume tires, compared to Wild Enduros.. and new Schwalbe Supertrail are in between Exo+ and DD may be ?.. good article on experimenting !!
hahahahah I gave my kid my ixs hack evo elbow pads that got as gift as were really small for me. We all think the same
I can tell you that from many tires I have tried, there is a big difference between the Der kaiser project folding and the DH csg version (new current version).. This is a fantastic rear tire that weights 1400 gr as well.. I don't k ow if Der baron project exists as DH csg.. Michelin wild Enduro front with dh34 back its a very efficiency all rounder, not too heavy. The DH 34 is heavy, but as its not that big, it's manageable.. The compound wears really good
my armchair-engineering rationale is that the offset in the cups is not in the range for the HT length, and that would put stress on the whole assembly...
the good thing is this is a 29er fork and my bikes are 27.5, pheew... I would be in trouble now. I have a Storia V3 and smashpot already, cannot complain.
I'm on 11sp wagon, and I'm fine. Got a xtr 11-40 on sale, 45t extender, with 30 or 32t in front I'm fine, good cog spacing, light, perfect for Enduro races( save some weight as I'm in bad shape always). Don't need more.. I have a heavy ass 11-50 sunrace, got the long cage parts and converted my sgs rear mech, all good. I'm eyeing the 11-48 garbaruk for replacement. I won't get any 12 sp, only if it comes with a new bike, 2021 or 2022. My upgradeitis is on tires, Thank God.
too much this geometry.. I cannot wrap my head around it... may be I'll demo one in the near future.. but I guess I'm one of those who think "I know my ideal geo numbers".. anyways, I have an EXT Storia LOK V3... that shock is just nuts... the initial sensitivity and midstroke support is just unbelievable...along with the HBO feature... but I have an Issue... it works fantastic on my canfield balance, but it just does not on my intense tracer (I have to put it upside down due to clearance issues)...dont know what it is but it does horrible noise, like cavitation, and climb switch it does not even work... I'll get it service one of these days, but its weird that the position affects eprformance.
There are couple conditions which really makes you justify maxxgrip.. Some people get away with MT as you say, you are right... But If you havent washed out your front tire on wet roots and slammed your head hard blaming it on both your lack of technique and not best tire compound its difficult to understand. Lots of weekend warriors want the most grippy best rolling and lightest possible tire for a reason...
DHF EXO MG exists...
Yeah, I think there should be a MT DD versión.. However, maxxis is telling us to put another tire unless you are riding val di solé... The same for aggressor, there should be a MT DD.. Its a good profile in 2,5 but you touch you brake in wet rocks and root and you go 180 in a heartbeat...
When are you reviewing the Wild Enduros? I could not handle magix version, talking about treacherous rubber compounds...
hydraulic bottom out control does the trick as well.. and overall progressivity can be obtained with different shapes of LR curves, bear that in mind.. cheers