Uh-oh!! Watch out sport 30-39 class!!
Tim - that's another dream-bike to add to your stable!! Love the color too. Is it sort of a flat-black, more than shiny? Whatever it is, it rocks.
Just out of curiosity, what is the blackbox dealio? Is it just this years XO? Or is it a different XO design? I know with the juicy brake systems they have the juicy 7, carbons, and ultimate. Is that similar to how the XO's work too?
Love the ride report too!! When riding the race bike for the first few times, I totally noticed that with every pedal stroke I was sort of 'bouncing'. I had experienced this while riding a hardtail after riding the 6" travel bike, too. I guess the big bikes really do make us a bit lazy in the efficiency dept!? Also - I remember the 'kick back' you spoke of too. Every root on the race bike is now an obstacle trying to slow you down, where as with the big bike, it seemed like another tiny bump in the road that could just be rolled over. Interesting stuff!!
Sweet bike! Glad you're loving it every step of the way!! One race tip - don't ride it. Ever. Don't train. Don't beat me in races. Oh, wait, I guess that was 4 tips!!?!?
"Dead last is greater than did not finish, which trumps did not start."