The Good: Perfect geometry for every style of riding, from trails to street.
3D downtube gusset not only looks awesome but definitely strengthens the front end.
The headtube badge is straight up beautiful.
Larger 1-3/8" diameter top tube looks strong and awesome.
No unnecessary top tube gusset, which makes it look really clean.
The top tube remains round at the seat tube, and the seat stays meet each other rather than overlapping the top tube, which increases strength.
Larger diameter chainstays for strength and stiffness.
Post weld machining on the bottom bracket and headtube for a perfect bearing fit; they went in perfectly.
Mid bottom bracket, no unnecessarily small Spanish bottom bracket.
Strong dropouts with more weld contact with the stays than normal.
Non-integrated seat clamp looks better and clamps better than an integrated clamp.
Chainstay brakes look awesome and feel even better.
Extra cable guide removes the need for an ugly velcro strap or zip tie.
No gyro holes for a really clean look.
Basically, just a stiff, strong, functional frame that still weighs in at only 5 lbs.
The Bad: Can't get a perfect chainline with a 30T sprocket. On a trails frame, I expect at least the clearance for a 30T and a perfect chainline.
I have the newest version of this frame, the one with the new headtube badge and non-integrated seat clamp. I got it a few weeks ago and I've been riding it a lot since I got it. I have a 21" in dark green. This is by far the best frame I've ever ridden. It feels super stable in the air and when you're bombing hills, but is still easy to maneuver and throw around. I ride mostly trails but also a lot of concrete parks and some street, and it works out absolutely perfectly for all of that. I was afraid the 74 degree headtube would be too mellow, but it's actually perfect. It feels more responsive than you think, but is still Read More »
I would prefer a chainstay wishbone for increased strength and stiffness, but I understand why this isn't done.