Ah, your right! I was sure the spec was listed as Evol, but I was wrong. Thank you for clearing that up. I honestly don't really have any complaints about the standard can as of yet. I took the bike out and it was fun as hell! That was was the only criteria that had to be satisfied! Next year I'll see about getting an evol air sleeve to see if it's as good as they say.
I've honestly only had it a couple of weeks so right now it's a completely stock 2017 730MSL. Standard can DPS shock (Not really sure why this isn't the evol, I've got an inquiry into RM. Don't really mind as it's working well.), and stock tires (DHR front/Crossmark II rear). Tires wise I'm torn on which way to go for exactly the reason you mentioned. Do I put tires on it to extend it's trail capabilities as far as possible, or do I play more into the XC side of the bike and keep them light and fast? It's a tough call. It would be easy to throw DHF/DHRs on here and forget about it. The new maxxis forekaster looks cool too. What sucks is that soon I'll have all winter to stare at it! I'll say that the Crossmark II has actually been fun in the fall conditions!
Great Review. I’ve got two rides on a new Thunderbolt and I have to say I really really enjoy it over my Heckler for the majority of my riding. It's just so fast and light feeling. It pedals great, gets up to speed quickly. It wants to pop off of everything which makes it a blast to ride. This was my first Rocky Mountain purchase and I have no regrets. The bike is pure fun.
There are already durability issues with the alloy 42T on an XX1 wearing out well before the rest of the cassette. I can only imagine it being an even bigger issue with more alloy rings like this.
Steel chainring on the single-ring. Me likey.
now let's move on
it's a business, you must sell your product. it's that simple.
Since when is 750mm narrow? Jerome Clementz runs 750mm. Jared Graves runs 740mm. Francois Bailly-Maitre runs 740mm. Adam Craig runs 750mm. I'm sure there are others running wider bars, but 750mm is not narrow.
Some great tips! On point 19. My Garmin 510 sends my current ride out to my wife via my phone, live while I'm riding. So she knows where to send the chopper should I be late for dinner.
Is it the rotor or the caliper that has fixed the turkey gobbles? I'm wondering weather a rotor upgrade can help my Elixirs?
I ran a Magic Mary up front this winter. Great traction, but the side knobs are starting to tear off, even though there is loads of tread left. I won't buy them again because of that.
Cool but front derailleur… in my eyes that's a fail. We need a 11×42 cassette 11 or 10 speed, single ring up front. Come on Shimano WTF are you doing!!!
Myth #11- Now that's funny! Must of been written by a tree huger… no way in
hell pepper spray is safer then a shot gun.
I grew up in bear country, as kids a bear would never come close to humans were I lived (lots of hunting). If you saw one it would run away fast. I find bear here (sea to sky), in national park etc… anywhere they aren't hunted, are way to brave. They just don't see us as being on top of the food chain and they should.
cool bike but seriously still bj, it's getting old…