Thanks for the insight. I’ve been interested in this bike for a while. Long travel downduro bike that is dual crown approved. The perfect bike for me on paper.
The playfulness was one of the things holding me back from ordering one but it’s great to know it’s still there. I would expect it to be seeing the massive wraps the antidote dark matter got, as the bike that has clearly “influenced” the range design.
I’m still probably not going to get one as a few details bother me. The lack of internal cable guides, and the problematic rear mech cable routing are big ones. They’re the kind of issues that make me question what other compromises have been made in the quest for production “efficiency”? Weight is another issue. I fully expect my bikes to end up heavy but they usually start from a lighter build. There is also my preference for an air shock, mainly due to my weight.
I’m now leaning towards a propain spindrift. The fact that they’re available with smaller wheels is just the icing on the cake for me. Although I will probably end up with whatever is replacing the canyon torque soon.