I’m tired and I’ve gotten 14 miles on the Samurai. 3 on my little home loop and another 10+ on my “fast” trails in Oroville. Basically I have to re-learn how to ride a hardtail fast. But the frame fits amazing, and feels amazing, and the Manitou Mattoc is absolutely unreal. I really think I like it better than my 2015 Fox 36. Time will tell, as I plan on putting lot more miles on it in the coming weeks.
Build weighs in at 30 pounds even with pedals (I used Shimano M530s, since I’ve been dabbling in clips for the first time), thanks to heavy wheels and tires, as well as those brick shithouse Zee cranks. I think I’m just going to leave them until I have a reason to change them. Head angle is a measured 67 degrees static. If I moved to 150mm it would be 66.6. Beastly (or insert your own generic devil pun).
I’ll provide a more detailed update on both the Mattoc and the overall bike as soon as I get enough miles. But at the moment I’m thoroughly impressed. Need to put less pressure in the rear tire though. She was BOUNCY. 32 PSI for these first 2 rides. I’ll likely drop it to 26 PSI and see how it feels.
Till next time.