This flashy carbon-fiber ride was the lightest bike in our peloton, at just 17.1 pounds. And carbon's vibration-dampening ability gave it a solid, neutral feel. With a low center of gravity, it had an exceptionally stable high-speed ride, but on the steep stuff, the rear wheel felt like it wanted to slide out from under us.
Steady and predictable on all surfaces and perhaps the most comfortable model we tested. Light weight takes some of the pain out of portaging over pedal-unfriendly obstacles.
Completely useless seat post — the saddle slipped each time we jumped on the bike, which happens dozens of times in a cross race. Back end felt a little squirrelly at times. Seriously expensive..