Sidenote - I would LOVE to take one of these for a test ride. I have a Yeti SB5C that I built up recently and it is possibly the best FS bike I have ever ridden. Its so fast on the descents it's scary. I can't imagine what this would be like.
Dig the article. Cowboy Coffee rules! I contacted them about buying some of their coffee here in the US, but they don't have distribution here. They mailed me a pound for free! Best coffee I have ever had.
Also dig the old school Foes Inferno hanging in their shop!
I hear about this back pedaling issue with Shark quite a bit, but I have not
had that problem. Running it on a 2010 Intense attached VP. I too often
backpedal to set up for a technical section or to do a pedal kick up a ledge.
Shifting is smooth, love the extra range of the 50T and being able to run a
34T ring up front.
Only negative I've had is that the upgraded derailleur cage hangs very low on
a 26″ bike. I've tagged it on rocks a few times already, seems to be pretty
stout, but time will tell.