I went to Jung Fu Gong on my STP this morning. I built a new back wheel last week because the freewheel on the old hub was jiggered. Last time I built a wheel I was 17. I'm pleased to say it's still almost round. It was hard work trying to ride that bike over the bumps though, you've got to pick your lines carefully to avoid getting bounced off.
I tried a 2013 Glory 2 which felt like it could ride through anything. I also tried a Lapierre DH720 and I was really impressed. It felt a bit looser than the glory over bumps but when pedalling it felt like a much shorter travel bike. I rode it up a couple of tracks that had the glory stalled. I would say that the glory would be faster on really bumpy tracks where you don't have to pedal, and if there is any pedalling or jumps the Lapierre would be faster.
On the other hand, they said it was $113,000 for the DH720 which is the low spec one.
I'd be interested to see what it costs for the frame. I would consider that for my next bike if the price was reasonable.
Also I was looking at the pics of Rampage on Pinkbike and saw one of Lacondeguy with his new YT Tues 2. It looks sick as. Then I found they are going to do a carbon one next year for 3000 Euro complete. That's something I am interested in too.
I mean, bikes don't get much better looking than this, do they?
I've got a problem with wanting to change bikes every two minutes. I know as soon as I get a new one I'll want to change it after a couple of months.