If anyone had told me a couple of months ago that our Project 24.2 bike was going to come in lighter than my 29er single speed, without any scary light parts, I wouldn’t have believed it. But it has.
How does 22.8lb sound for a full suspension bike sound? With pedals, 4 scoops of Stan’s sealant, a chainstay protector, and a bottle cage? Do-able, right? What if it was a 19in frame, had trail wheels, and 120mm travel at each end? Not too shabby- and it’s not even done yet. Hit the jump for the details
Unfortunately- thanks to an unusual amount of snow- it’s been impossible to really open the Rocky up and see what it can do. We’re waiting on the ’12 XT/XTR drivetrain, which should shave a few grams off of the 9s XT/XTR/SL-K parts I pinched from another bike (in time for this week’s Specialized Body Geometry Fit). The Element MSL is an instantly comfortable bike, without any odd handling quirks and extremely confident in dicey conditions. The light build has had me in the big ring more than I could have expected- I can’t wait for clearer trails. Here are some highlights: