though, the 120mm of travel was more
than enough for most trail rides.
We were able to go faster over
some of the more technical areas of
the trail. Because of the combination
of the 3-inch Bomboloni tires and
good suspension, the bike just floats
over bumps and rocks. We could even
preload the suspension and bunnyhop
over puddles and other obstacles!
Speaking of puddles, we rode this
bike during the crazy rainstorms in
Southern California this winter. It was
a true test of the water-resistance of
the bike, as sometimes we powered
through water almost up to the axles.
Having a sealed electric
There was also some pretty thick mud
in places, and the bike didn’t hesitate to
plow right through. At first we worried
about slipping or falling into the mud,
but after the first couple of minutes we
realized that wasn’t going to happen.
The plus-sized tires are the sweet
spot between traditional 2-inch tires
that can knife through anything and fat
tires that can roll over anything. They’re
able to adapt to multiple surfaces
easily and can run lower pressures
than traditional-sized tires to provide
significantly more grip. The tires on
this bike are no exception. The knobs
aren’t particularly large nor aggressive,
so on fire roads they’re quiet and
smooth. There’s enough grip to climb
up slick rocks; though, they actually
never felt like they were going to slip
on climbs. Cornering was good, even
confidence-inspiring on off-camber
turns with the knobs that wrapped
all the way around to the sidewall.
The SRAM GX group in a 1x11
setup was fantastic. We never wanted
for higher or lower gears, and shifting
was smooth as silk, with no hard
changes even under serious loads.
We scrambled up steep side trails
we’d normally ignore with aplomb!
The combination of the Brose motor
and the large granny gear on the
bike made it easy, and the rear
end is long enough to help avoid
looping out on nearly any grade. You
could climb trees with this thing!
It helps to have good rider power