Specifically, the head angle changes from 68.5Ëš in locked out position to 68.4Ëš in the â€œtractionâ€ or 95mm setting to 67.7Ëš in the full 150mm setting. This drops the bottom bracket from 13.7â€ in lockout to 12.5â€ in the 150mm setting.How did this pan out on the trail? With all the climbing and descending in Sun Valley, the Tractor travel control on the handlebar came in handy. I made a point of using it and was not disappointed. On dirt road climbs and the more buff singletrack, I switched the lever into the lockout mode for a nice, efficient pedaling position over the bike. Maximum efficiency combined with the light weight, and Iâ€™m able to keep up with the resident pros much better than Iâ€™d expected. Yet still in back of the pack, fyi. The 95mm â€œTractionâ€ setting was great when the climbing got a bit more bumpy/technical, and is a great general-purpose setting. And the 150mm setting was just balls-out plush, for those fast fast fast descents with their big rocks hidden amongst the buff track.More on the shock and rear suspension. Scott has moved away from the Horst link after they were unable to license the design from Specialized. So weâ€™ve got a single pivot aligned with the middle chainring for well-mannered behavior in most gears. On the trail, I found this to be a non-issue. Only in granny gear and full long travel did I notice, as I should have not been in that gear anyway. More raddness is found in the carbon fiber construction. Deemed IMP-4, the latest carbon fabrication technique is an improvement on Scottâ€™s CR-1 carbon manufacturing method. Now the front triangle is one piece for more optimalness. Other frame features include a direct mount front derailleur that pivots as the swingarm swings, full cable housing for dirty avoidance, clearance for 2.4â€ tires and a place to hang you bottle cage.Gallery here: http://www.dirtragmag.com/gal/showgallery.php?cat=717
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