@narfcake as far as front suspension, it’s a step up from their DRT 1.1, which had the XCM. sure, it’s a coil, but I don’t think I’ll get air shocks at this price point. at least not without a big trade off on something else.
I’m pretty sure it’s a tapered headset based on some reviews I found.
@carl669@narfcake The Line is part of the Hook, Line, and Sinker series- the Hook is the one that broke when my son was riding it. He thinks it was REI service’s fault. I still wouldn’t buy another one.
When you said you needed a particular frame size I don’t know if it’s a big size or a small size. If it’s tall, I have an underutilized specialized hardrock 29er that is more than sufficient for anything my neighborhood blacktop streets and nearby bike trails can throw at it. Everything on it seems to be very good quality.
The 29" wheels did take some getting used to. It felt sluggish to maneuver maybe, awkward at first compared to a 26". I guess 27.5" is a compromise for better maneuverability, which should be friendlier. When I got it I was just stoked about getting on a 29" so I was determined to do it.
I got all the throwing myself down mountains out of my system before I got it so I have no personal commentary on real off-road capability.