How do you insert photos into a post? I tried copy and paste yesterday and it fucked me off!
The Faith is on my list of bikes to maybe get. The things that put me off are the Totem forks are the Solo Air ones which I've heard are very unreliable compared to the coil ones (the Glory has Coil Boxxers). Other things are not really putting me off, just I prefer the spec on the Glory. The rims are DT on the Glory, Sun Ringle on Faith; the Faith has a little fat freeride seat which I don't like the look of; Kenda tyres as opposed to Maxxis; green paint that I don't hate, just I think that the white Glory looks fantastic.
Nothing major, mostly academic or looks based but I'm a shallow guy. I think it's probably possible to change the air spring to a coil spring setup too, but if I'm buying a new bike I may as well get the one I want from the off.
Maybe you can shed some light because I don't really know having never ridden either for more than a couple of mins, but it seems to me that there wouldn't be much difference between a 180mm bike and a 200mm bike anyway?
Last year's cheaper Faith was white with gold linkages. That's the bike that got me thinking about getting into DH again actually purely because it looks beautiful. They have one in my local Giant dealer but it's a small with something like a 21.5in top tube. I'd never get a new bike shorter than 23in because I'm 1m83 and I have a long body and short legs. He'll do it for $56k he said, but for $62 I could get the 2011 bike, and for $86k I could get a 2011 Glory 1 or Faith 1.
Like I said it comes down to cost. There's no way I'd get a Transition or Corsair if I had to pay the full Euro/US price. If I can find some way to get it a lot cheaper then I'd rather go for one of those bikes just on cool factor. I'm not saying I don't think Giants are cool, I think their hydroformed tubes look great especially the top tube, it's just that I want to be a poseur and boutique brands are better for posing in this country.
Plasmatron do you know off the top of your head the head angles of the spicy and froggy bikes? My STP has a 69 deg HA, which is twitchy in corners when cranked over on the gas. I want to try something really slacked out like 63 or 64 on my next bike. Not sure I could justify the cost of one either what with Giant being so cheap here. Glory is 65.5 which with an Angleset could be taken out to 64. The new Corsair can be taken out to 62 which I have no idea about but I'd like to try!
I'm planning to take the plunge in April or May depending on when I get my bonus and the weather. I don't want to get a new bike and get it shittened up in the mud in the first week...