Hit Boyce Park today to try to get the Mamasita dialed in. A few factors skewed my impressions due to some component issues, but still a sweet ride.
First the GOOD parts: The frame rocks! It's light nimble and flickable.
My main race bike, The Dos Niner is not a "real" full suspension, but it's 1" Relish shock does add some weight, and there is some flex of course, there's SUPPOSED to be. Not here. Standing up, and locking out the Reba just pushes your forward, FAST without ANY flex. Just fast. It was like a road bike!
Climbing felt a bit quicker and steering was more precise with the Mamasita too. I love the Dos Niner's geometry, but for twisty single track (at least my first 15 miles on this frame) the Mamasita just seems to carve and steer better.
Now the rides issues...
First, I forgot my f'ing gloves!! F! So I had to ride bare handed and that was ok, but it made the fact that I didn't put Ergon grip on the Mamasita all the more apparent. Funny how FAST I got used to the Ergons. Looks like the Mamasita will get going green real soon.
2nd- I was getting some sort of rear brake rubbing/vibration. Didn't happen all the time, but enough that I had to stop and make sure everything was lined up right etc., Might be a rotor issue or something. Not sure. I did find some play in my SRAM cassette installed on the XT hub, but I doubt that's the issue. I could not replicate the issue when using my Hope/Bontrager wheel set so it has to be something with that wheel's set up. Need someone to look at it.
Speaking of the XT hubs. Amazing how fast one can get used to higher end wheels. The Hope Pro II's just BLOW XT's out of the freaking water! I used to think all that "pawl engagement" talk was a bunch of bunk. but not anymore. The XT's are mushier in their engagement and lack that quick precise feel that the Hopes do. XT's are a good "work horse" but for racing and performance riding, the Hope/Bontrager wheels are the shit!
3rd, my Reba was set a bit too stiff and I forgot my pump at home. I had double checked the air earlier in the week, and it seemed fine. Not sure if it was that I use different pump or what, but I needed to lower the psi by 10 today. NOW I got it plusher.
4th- the Maxxis Ignitors on the Mamasita. I found these tires excellent last year and they're still a great tire, but I think I'm spoiled by the all-round hook up cornering goodness of the Panaracer/IRD Fire Pros.
Lastly- the X9 triggers. They have a great shift and were great. I just need to get used to triggers again. Entering one corner with an immediate left had up hill, I shifted 3 times the WRONG way and hit the base of the up hill in a knee cap blower of a gear. By the end of the ride though I was getting it dialed in well.
All in all, not a great ride, but the frame has a TON of potential as soon as I work out my component issues.
Nice to get the frame on dirt, but I hated all the dialing in. Made the ride more "work" and less fun. I'm sure I'll get it though.