Two weeks ago our testrider and photographer Klaus received his longterm-testbike: The Solid Magix X01 RAW 650B. A short time ago we had the chance to test the frame in a size medium, (Click here)but at nearly 1,90m, Klaus had to wait a bit longer for his size large, which is definitely the right one. Klaus jumped straight on the bike and started to put the miles in, we now find out how the bike felt on the first 8000 Meters of climbing and descents.
“My focus with the Solid is to ride as much as possible and to have even more fun doing it! Right beside my flat in Stuttgart there are many singletrails, and in the holidays and some weekends I am keen to get up into the alps. Bikepark-Visits are also on the to-Do-list. I really like to ride tours without shuttle-support, I love that good feeling at the end of the day where I know that I earned all the meters of descent by my own power. After two Alps-Crossings over the last few years, each with over 15.000 meters of altitude in 8 days, I am looking forward to repeating it this year as a season-highlight.”
The Magix gets delivered from the German manufacturer Solid-Bikes for €2,999 and comes with high-quality parts. SRAM X01, RockShox Pike and Reverb-Stealth-Seatpost are only three examples of this machine, which offers 160mm travel at the front and 175mm at the rear. The overall-weight of 13,5kg is very good value considering the fat tires.
The geometry of the bike has a really convenient sitting position for me, allowing me to ride long uphills without back ache. You sit centrally and compact, not stretched, making the pedal-ergonomics perfect for me. During explosive acceleration the bike feels a little bit sluggish, but it has a very high running smoothness and exudes a lot of control. The 175mm rear travel works perfectly together with the potent 160mm Pike. The strong Avid 9 Trail brakes are a trustworthy slowdown-partner.
I`m really looking forward to the coming months on the bike and will deliver reviews in time. In the meantime have a look at our longterm-test timeline , where you can find actual updates and postings (of all longterm-testbikes). A detailed riding report is coming soon!
Year of birth: 1994 | Biking since: 2007 | Size: 189cm | Weight: 81kg | Job: Testrider and photographer | @Strava
Text and photos: Klaus Kneist
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