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P7 - First ride, impressions and pics!

The Northern MonkeyThe Northern Monkey Posts: 19,174
edited April 2010 in MTB general
Managed to source some bolts this morning for the rear brake (too long though so I had to cut them) and got the P7 ready to go.

Took it up to Whinlatter and did both loops...... It was bleeding awesome.

It took me a while to get used to the sram gears at 1st, i'm used to the dual action shimano ones (where you can push/pull the trigger) so I had a bit of trouble on the 1st climb.

I'm also going to have to get used to such a light front end too! i'm used to the weight of the domains, so I had to stop yanking the front end up over obsticals... caught me by surprise a few times!

Anyways, +ve's...

Frame: wow. all the "its a lot of money for a not so special frame" has been completely overruled. The shock absorbance on the rear stays is superb, I hardly felt any trail buzz through my legs/butt.
You could also feel a tad bit of flex, but it just felt like the frame was adapting to the trail.

Forks: best forks i've ever used by a country mile. They are...... I can't even describe. Absouloutely bloody brilliant. Combined with the monkeylight CNT bars, I had almost no vibration/buzz through my arms... is the 1st time i've never had arm pump at the bottom of a long downwards section!

Edit - XT Brakes: I really don't understand the hate for XT brakes. They were faultless all day, bloody brilliant stoppers!

Overall the bike is light, nimble and very capable on the downs.... couldn't ask for more!

I'm grinning from cheek to cheek, its been a great day! :D

just a few snaps from the day :)







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