Luke Koppa: It’s actually fascinating to listen to Dylan and Eric’s ideas on the Intuition BC’s climbing efficiency, since my take has been a bit completely different. Whereas Dylan and Eric have been just about “nice” with how the Intuition BC climbed, I’ve completely cherished going uphill on it. I believe a whole lot of this most likely comes right down to the bikes every of us spend probably the most time on, and simply our private preferences and expectations relating to how we wish bikes to really feel on the uphill.
Dylan and Eric have been using a number of bikes with fairly agency, environment friendly pedaling platforms (e.g., Santa Cruz Hightower LT, Pivot Firebird, Santa Cruz Megatower), whereas I’ve spent most of my time on that Enduro 27.5 and its Horst-Hyperlink suspension platform that leans very closely towards the “extra traction / much less environment friendly” finish of the spectrum. Even with the much less knobby Aggressor out again, I’ve but to seek out myself in a scenario the place I used to be wishing for higher climbing traction from the Intuition BC. On the similar time, its suspension is just not almost as “wallow-y” and desirous to sink into its journey whereas pedaling when in comparison with the Enduro 27.5 (or the 2020 Specialised Stumpjumper or Stumpjumper EVO).
I believe the Revel Rail continues to be the most effective bike I’ve personally utilized in (roughly) this journey class with regards to reworking pedal strokes into ahead movement as effectively as doable. However particularly whereas within the saddle and never attempting to stand up and dash, the Intuition BC’s pedaling traits really feel extra much like the Rail than they do the Enduro 27.5 — at the least from my perspective as somebody who hasn’t spent a ton of time on many bikes which can be identified for being exceptionally environment friendly.
If I knew I used to be going to be pedaling up a easy street for greater than ~30 minutes, I’d flip the climb change on the Intuition BC’s DPX2 (which, as Eric famous, may be very straightforward to do). However for every thing else, I’ve been completely content material leaving the shock open and actually having fun with the bike’s mixture of grip and pedaling effectivity. And for reference, I’ll flip the climb change on the Enduro 27.5 or Stumpjumper nearly each time I’m going uphill, whereas I by no means actually felt the necessity to take action on the Rail.
Concerning that 32-tooth chainring, I’ve additionally spent most of my time on bikes with 30-tooth chainrings and was truthfully stunned I used to be in a position to discover any distinction between the 2, on condition that I’m nonetheless considerably new to the bike world. I’ve discovered myself choosing a neater gear on the Intuition BC vs. the Enduro 27.5 on notably steep climbs, however after a couple of rides, I not paid a lot consideration to it and have really come to love how the marginally larger chainring works with the Intuition BC’s extra environment friendly pedaling platform (vs. my bike). Regardless of nonetheless huffing and puffing like an asthmatic pug, it’s on the very least made me really feel sooner on the ups than I’ve on most different bikes I’ve used with this a lot journey.
Whereas I’m on a dimension that’s alleged to be a bit large for me, I didn’t have any actual hassle maneuvering the scale Massive Intuition BC up twistier, extra technical climbs. Its entrance wheel felt barely much less susceptible to lifting and wandering than the Enduro 27.5 and Rail, I haven’t felt cramped or unable to keep up grip whereas out of the saddle, and I’ve simply typically loved going not-down on the Intuition BC greater than I’d’ve anticipated, on condition that it’s a reasonably long-travel bike.
Dylan Wooden: With fast-rolling 29” wheels and 155 mm of rear suspension, the Intuition BC Version does an excellent job of holding its pace in rocky and rooty sections of path. I smashed the Intuition BC by means of loads of moto-whoops, rock gardens, and high-speed rooty sections and was content material with the ride-smoothing and momentum-retaining properties of the bike.