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Magic_Mike

Magic_Mike

Magic_Mike

Magic_Mikewrote a review of on April 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its a solid bike if it suits your local trails. If I lived in an area that was pedal straight up and bomb down, I'd probably like it more. For my local trails, the wheelbase was way to long, the slack head angle didn't match the travel numbers and it just felt like a dead ride to me. I think they went overboard on the seat tube angle as well. I'm sure there will be an SB120 in the next year or two. I'm hopeful it will have a more balanced geo and still be offered with a fox 36 so I can get rowdy on it.

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Magic_Mikewrote a review of on January 23, 2018

I cant quit this bike
5 5

Ripley's, 429's, Tallboy's, 5010's, Mojo's, Following, etc... I've owned a lot of 27.5 and 29er trail bikes. I usual ride a bike for a season or 2 and move on to something different and have never been brand loyal until now. I bought and sold the 2016 green sb4.5; but couldn't find anything even remotely close to it, so I had to come back to it. First time I've ever sold a bike and went back to it. The price is ridiculous and I feel like an idiot for spending this much on a frame but the Switch Infinity Suspension is that good. I'm a 200 lb rider and for me its the only suspension design that works well for larger riders. There is absolutely zero pedal bob and the suspension works flawlessly when its supposed to. traction and efficiency on climbs is simply amazing. I've compared the switch infinity back to back with VPP and DW; the ride characteristics and quality feels like your going from a Toyota to a Porsche. Like I said the price is extremely off putting but i understand why its more expensive than the other brands, because its better. theres simply no debate, the Switch infinity is hands down the best suspension platform on the market. Other than the suspension, the geometry and travel are exactly what I like in a bike. Relatively short chainstays for a 29er, the 67.5 head angle is perfect for those that climb and descend, and the 140 mm upfront is enough for the types of trails I ride. The 4.5 in the rear can feel undergunned at times but its a trade off I'm willing to make to get the geometry I like. For me the Trail bike category has the best geo for tight technical trail handling and still excellent climbers/descenders.

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Magic_Mikewrote a review of on December 26, 2016

more corners please!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This may be the most fun on a bike I've ever had. If you know how to handle a bike and don't require gobs of travel to compensate for your lack of skills, this bike is a winner.

Anyone who rates this bike poorly because it wasn't enough bike is a moron. It's 130mm of rear travel. It is what it is.

It's not going to win you any xc races and its not a downhill bike. It's a bad arss every mans trail bike that is a blast to ride. The short cs and 66.8 ht angle with plus size tires felt so balanced on everything; Climbs, tight trails, chunk, downhill, and oh my god the cornering!! This thing corners like I'm on a roller coaster!! So confidence inspiring!

The only time I felt like I didn't have enough bike was when taking 3 to 4 foot drops clumsy. There is an art to landing a bike and if you stiffen up your body, lock your knees, and over grip, you'll experience a few rough landings.

You could go more travel and a steeper head angle but I think you'd be giving up so much that this bike offers.

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Magic_Mikewrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

Smith finally put out some decent frames for people in their 30's. The porn, retro, too cool for school frames were really starting to tick me off and I thought I was going to have to switch brands until this style came out. These feel great, look great, and seem to be super durable. If you liked the older style Smith frames you're going to love these!! Style and features have been updated and the quality is still there. Nice Job Smith!

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