So as I intimated in an earlier post, I’m now the proud owner of a carbon hardtail MTB, more specifically a Bianchi Methanol SL 29 XT. I took it out on dirt for the first time yesterday, and my impressions so far are more than positive.
So the basics on the bike
- 29″ Carbon hardtail.
- RockShox Reba RL 100mm fork w/poploc remote lockout
- XT groupset (with the exception of a Truvativ X9 double chainset and FSA chain)
- FSA components, Magura hydro discs, Selle San Marco saddle
- Fulcrum Red Power wheelset, shod with Kenda 24seven rubber
In focus, it’s a racing-oriented carbon XC hardtail. Pretty straightforward, right? Well yes. But no. Because there’s some serious thought gone into this frame and while you might not agree 100% with what’s come out, you have to tip your hat to the design. Continue Reading →