I always thought working in the bike industry would mean lots of biking too. Well, think again! Others think 29ers are no fun – once more, think again!

Robin Schmitt

Unfortunately, the Enduro 29er did not get to go out as many times as I had hoped this season. Still, its riding characteristics are fantastic! I have never felt this comfortable and safe on a bike of this caliber before. The threshold in corners, in deep sections, and basically everywhere where riding is about traction seems to be on an all-new level.

The pro version comes with rock-solid and functional equipment. The 2×10 drivetrain was, however, quickly replaced by a 1×11 drivetrain. The reason why? Less weight, more smart simplicity. The same applies to the Fox 34 TALAS. The reason why? After approximately ten rides, we faced major performance losses, meaning no more sensitive response qualities. Its replacement, the Pike, is performing admirably. After sundry temperature changes and biking despite unfavorable conditions, we noticed a slight pressure loss in the Command telescopic seatpost. So far, the XX1 drivetrain never presented any flaws – but was spared nasty rocks and lateral hits.

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Considering the durability of the products, I may not go out on a limb: only a single race, few cambers (you ride wiser as you get older!) and a cautious riding style proved to be quite gentle on the equipment. Furthermore, the bike scores with its simple handling and servicing – sensible shock hardware, large and simply accessible bearings and screws ensure easy maintenance. And that’s it! A text as short as my season was. Back to work!

You can read an in-depth feature about the long-term test and our conclusions in the previous ENDURO issue! As usual it’s free & only digital for iPad, Android-Tablets and Online-Viewer: Issue #007

Text: Robin Schmitt | Fotos: Fabian Rapp

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About the author

Robin Schmitt

Robin is one of the two founders of 41 Publishing, a visionary and go-getter. While he now enjoys every second on the bike – whenever his busy schedule allows – he used to race against the clock at enduro events and a few Downhill World Cups. Besides that, Robin practises kung fu and Zen meditation, plays the cello or with his dog (which actually belongs to his girlfriend), travels abroad and still reviews numerous bikes himself. Progressive ideas, new projects and major challenges – Robin loves exploring undiscovered potential and getting to the bottom of new trends.