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Riding hardtails seemed like going to church and feeling good about having kneeled in a pew for an hour. My first good full suspension bike, by contrast, felt like having sex. I soon stopped riding hardtails altogether…but Klunking has me reconsidering my past.
The 29er Instinct has a lot in common with the latest Altitude. Obviously, it shares the Element and Altitude’s basic frame design. Less apparent, but just as important, the Instinct 29er also boasts “RIDE-9”: a shock mount containing two interlocking chips that enable you to significantly customize the bike’s geometry and rear suspension behavior.
The Genius LT sports a “Twinlock” lever on its handlebar that, with the flick of a switch, morphs the bike from hardtail stiff, to 110-millimeter travel trail bike. Push the switch one more click and—bam—now you’re sitting atop 185 millimeters of uber-plush travel.
That’s worth repeating—hardtail to 7.3-inches of squish. This, for the record, is some crazy shit.
It’s a wrap! Life Behind Bars season 1 has officially come to a close. We check in with Brandon and the Coastal Crew to get an inside look at unseen footage, the most unforgettable moments, and the biggest regrets from the incredible year that was.