I sat down with Sigmund today to answer a few questions about the new ride:
Is it really 21.42 lbs?
P: Yep, I think it may even lighter than Joshua's and 5 pounds lighter than the Epic.
Ok but let's be fair what's with the carbon rigid fork?P: I wanted to build a machine that could attack some of the less technical courses like some of the Bend courses, Ashland and of course short track. I'm waiting to see the reviews of the new FOX shock. The Reba World Cup will only add a hefty 2 pounds to the bike. I may even use it as the B bike in cross or the A bike on some of the more mountain technical courses.
What made you decide to go 29"?
P: I first rode a Fisher 29" in Camel Back Park in Boise ID just when I was getting into racing at a Fisher demo. I immediately noticed how easily it climbed and rolled over obstacles. I borrowed Joshua's a few weeks ago and was instantly hooked. I obsessed about the decision for about a week when T-bone said, "Look man it's just like Warren Miller says, you can wait to get it for a year the only difference will be you'll be 1 year older".
Easy for T-bone to say, what'd it set you back?
P: Uh, children and my wife read this blog I'd rather keep it clean, it would be obscene to say.
So do you think it was worth it?
P: Every penny. It's the most responsive XC bike I've ever ridden. It rails through the corners. It accelerates on climbs like a road bike. Built in America by a gread company. Life time warranty.
What's with you and Stan's wheels?
Wheels or rotating weight seems to be the biggest draw back with 29'rs. This wheelset is light. Stan's Olympic Rims, yellow stans tubeless kit, lot's of alloy, DT Swiss hubs, and Kenda Karma tyres, Stan's rotors fastened with Ti bolts. XTR cassette.
I was reading Kenda's website and they said the Karma's aren't compatible with tubeless systems
P: So you get on the internet while I'm at work huh? That's what Michelin said about the Michelin Mud's, I rocked those all cross season without a single problem. The Kenda's were the lightest tyre (495 g's) I could find that had the tread pattern I wanted. Today in testing I didn't have a single problem. I'm confident my guys
know how to set them up. I think the key is the Stan's rim when running tubeless.
Anything else you want to say about this bike?
P: It's a Moots that pretty much sums it up.
Thanks to BILL, Joshua, and Jellyneck for getting it dialed in.
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