Well it’s been a while since I’ve done any real trail riding, but from just tooling around the bike feels nice and tight. I dropped a bunch of weight going to a rigid fork and 1x drivetrain. Front end tracks real predictably.
I’ve been riding Sweetspot bikes for a while (since an original Klein Mantra in the mid 90’s) so I might be used to the suspension action than most.
Hey there: I’ll go through different builds depending on the season (or my mood is at the time). I’ve had this built up pretty traditionally before but had some extra parts laying around with the fat bike stuff and put this together on a whim. Bike acts a little differently with just a single point of suspension, but I’ve found it’s way more predictable handling, and there’s less downsides in pedaling since there’s no suspension fork that absorbs pumping action. The front wheel is just a standard 26″ fat bike front (135 mm axle) with a disc brake, but it’s still big enough to provide some shock absorption. A side benefit is it’ll float over sand and snow.
Bike’s a medium (17″) with a Fox Alps 4R for the rear shock.