Encouraging writeup! I am going to upgrade from my '18. Looking forward to a geo update, and a bit more oil volume out back. Plus snack storage! Question is will my handy folding saw fit in that spot? I see the under-TT bosses are no longer available on the Slash. (That's where I lashed my saw.)
Great reminder that I should construct something like this as well. I am having my hot water heater replaced soon - I will be sure to have the plumber not only install a new, more-conveniently located spigot, but also include a hot water tap at the same location. Hot water dissolves the muck even faster than cold water, according to science! :)
Hey Cam - solid write up here. I dig the way the Decoy hides its motor. Overall, it's a looker.
I think what has me most curious isn’t the “easier” aspect of climbing with an eMTB but the... and I hate to say this... the time savings. I’m 43, a new dad, one saddled with greater professional responsibilities than ever before... and time is an even more precious resource than I could have expected. Fortunately I live a few short minutes from the trails here in Bellingham, and while there are not many eMTB accessible trails at the moment, this will undoubtedly change soon enough. I’m supposing I’d be ready to enter the market right around the time the trails become open to e-power.
Having not yet ridden an eMTB, I don’t have a sense of true sense of scale, so I got to thinking: would it be useful to others if these reviews included a comparison of ride times for a given lap - e-powered and meat-powered?
At 6’5”, I’m a little anxious about the STA too. Eager for demo programs to come back full swing.
The inconsistent SRAM spec prompted me to review the details of the XT bike. Happy to see that’s truly XT through and through. That’d have to be my pick from these models: while $6K isn’t exactly pocket change, this build is a far better value than the $5500 USD MSRP 9.7 model from 2018 that I own. Why? NX 11sp gruppo, 125mm Bonti post, Yari fork, and butter-soft 28H Line 30 alloy wheels shod with XC grade SE4 tires. (I’ve since replaced each of those components).
If you're ever on the Washington side of the border, Greg Mackenzie is the man. I think he's wrapping up a brick and mortar but you can reach him on Instagram @ButterSuspension. (His new shop space is TBD.)