It’s a bike with fire in its belly this one, and it delivers in heaps in terms of quick drive through the crank, a superb poise in corners and a good balance on descents and faster steeper terrain. The bike has an excellent feel to it, arguably on the stiffer end of spectrum but it needs it, for it’s a bike of high tempo. The rear Re:aktiv damper feels slightly more of a dry weather damper than its early Remedy 29 predecessor which began the trend with Penske style damping. On this particular bike it’s certainly one that can get drive out of the terrain, and initial thoughts are that it’s quite different to the RE:aktiv damper on its stable mate the new 2017 Remedy, which feels more like the Re:aktiv of old. A pure grip unit.
As we thought the DT wheels are speed merchants, and whilst the 2.4 rubber gives a bit more cushioning we’d like to take them elsewhere to get a complete verdict. Great resistance in the Fox can allows for easy climbing aided by that new kid in the woods, the Sram Eagle. Crisp and silent, oh and twelve speed if you haven’t already heard.
Limitations. Shorter stem needed, but that’s getting personal.