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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:
The Rocky Mountain Element MSL has a lovely carbon fiber linkage with slick built-in sag meter
2012 Specialized Fast Trak: now with added Control. They're plenty big on the wide, light Roval Control Trail SL wheelset.
Ergon's GA1 Leichtbau grip provides a bit more security for technical condtions- and a bit less weight for all conditions.
And on the other side of those grips... Magura's surprisingly powerful, admirably light MT6 discs. Hey-how did we end up on the beach?
Ritchey's WCS carbon-wrapped C260 stem is surprisingly stiff and holds the matching WCS Carbon Low Rizer bars plenty tight. Check the unique 3-bolt steerer clamp.
I quickly made friends with the Specialized Henge Expert saddle- the most comfortable mountain saddle I've tried in ages. Ritchey's 1-bolt WCS seatpost features the easiest setup of any superlight design I've used lately.
Pinched from my own bike: a 120mm Rock Shox SID XX with a 15mm thru axle. Light, supple, and stiff.
Not bad looking at all...
Hydrapak's Wooly Mammoth bottle keeps my GU Brew from freezing on 20-degree mornings thanks to honest-to-goodness Primaloft insulation. How 'bout those frame graphics?