Guerilla Gravity

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews' started by herzalot, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

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  2. littlewave

    littlewave MTB Addict

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    Ugh. My wallet/wife not gonna be happy.
     
  3. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

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    That was a good read... And the end quote pretty much sums up @mike : "I'd say that the ideal Smash owner would be the kind of rider who enjoys difficult trails that require a lot of effort to access..."

    I'm starting to research a second/third (?) bike, but probably won't be ready to buy until next spring or summer. There are about 6 bikes on my list that I'd like to test... Maybe 7 now. :thumbsup:Having seen mike's in person, and pedaled it around some flat stuff, it's an impressive machine from start to finish.
     
  4. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Thanks for posting, @herzalot. I don't disagree with anything in that review.

    Coming up on a year with the Smash, I'm finally getting suspension service, as the 140 Pike RC feels a little sticky and tough to get the travel out of it. RS Super Deluxe Coil RCT has been flawless. I'm tempted to pony up for a coil kit for the fork, but I'll probably calm down with it newly serviced. I'm just as stoked on the Smash as ever. For lack of a better explanation, it feels really right to me. Climbs unreasonably well, both all day and through tech sections; descending, it bolsters confidence on stuff at or beyond my limit, but it cruises comfortably too.

    You know I did my biggest day ride on the Smash, Los P and Bell linked in 11 hours, and never felt like I was dragging around the wrong bike. Of course this is the exact scenario @Faust29 quoted – tough access/tech trails. So maybe the bike isn't for everyone. But it could really hit the spot for the right rider/goals, even spec'ed below the high end like mine is.

    \m/
     
  5. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

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    Hmmm... That Trail Pistol looks interesting.
    And that would be me... If I went that route, I'd spec it for more all day XC type rides, but would have something I wouldn't hesitate to take down UHJ. Or, maybe consider the Trail Pistol. That might be more for me right out of the box...
     
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  6. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

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    I just revisited the review, and the Pinkbike posters are going nuts... all positive. Dayumm GG is gonna get a serious bump from this - and I couldn't be happier about that. They should be rewarded for their approach to bike building, MtB and customers. All in the shadow of the "other" Front Range Colorado bike company - y'know, the one that makes coolers and mugs?







    (Note: They don't. It's two different companies with the same name)
     
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  7. littlewave

    littlewave MTB Addict

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    Careful, next thing you know you might be slumming it with @herzalot and I seeking out short, chunky rides in Laguna...
     
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  8. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

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    Oh, the horror! :eek::eek: :D

    I came back to my senses. Back to looking at the SC Blur. It's light and twitchy! :D:p























    Just kidding... The Blur was never on the list.
     
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  9. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

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    Taylor
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    If you prefer riding in cutoff jean shorts then GG is for you! :eek: Just messin but I have seen @mike shred his GG in person. That bike is purrty. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Medium with a few upgrades to the Ride 2 build. Borrowed the rear wheel with 2.6 Bonty xr4 off my Pedälhead for the ridges ride, with 2.5 DHF in front. Bottom photo Bergen Peak CO.

    Only issue was play developed in the e13 (2-piece) cassette, but it was ultimately warrantied so I have a new one now. Pivot bearing still smooth and solid. I’d skip the cheap FSA headset next time for a CC 40. All roses beyond that.

    If you wanna demo it (or my Pedälhead sans dropper) get in touch. One hitch, you’ll have to come to Lake Tahoe. :cool:
     
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  11. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster MTB Addict

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    This might have been mentioned somewhere already, a lot of versatility in the GG lineup..... the Smash (29" 140mm travel), Shred Dog (27.5 and 27.5+, 135-145mm travel changeable with flip chip) and Megatrail (27.5, 150-165mm travel) all use the same front triangle. So say you buy a Shred Dog, buy the longer shock and you have a Megatrail. Or buy the longer Smash chainstays (and some 29er wheels) and you have a Smash. Very cool.
     
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  12. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

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    Did not know that tidbit of information. Very cool! I kinda want to try the Megatrail out one of these days now. :whistling::thumbsup:
     
  13. muni

    muni Well-Known Member

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    Its like 8 weeks min if you order one. I'm thinking about ordering one. The smash that is with the rear conversion kit. So basically you get the smash and the shred dog if you have the wheel set and forks. You can have all the bikes just getting the different rear shocks. Sold my spec camber so looking for another bike. The rear upper chain stay kit is $495 in raw black, $595 for all the other colors.
     
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  14. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

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    Derek Allison
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    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Strongly considering trail pistol as my first full sus bike. I like that their xl sizes are prportioned for taller riders and not only up to 6'6".


    Trail pistol is probably best for majority of my current riding.... But is it wrong that I went the smash because I like the clash way more than the sex pistols......
     
  15. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

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    Steve
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    Reading over on one of those other forums, some owners said that the Smash was definitely stiffer in the back and that it was designed that way- it came after the Trail Pistol and they had the benefit of 20/20 hindsight in design.

    I'll probably change out the bikes on my short list 20 times before I'm ready to buy next year, but the Smash is pretty near the top of the list right now... It helps that I've seen one in person a few times.
     
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  16. scottay

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    A pun is the lowest form of humor? The best ones are always unintended.
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  17. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Well illustrated, thanks, Dave. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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