through fast turns. Riding through tight switchbacks doesn’t feel
like driving a Mack truck through a fast-food drive-through window.
Descending: The Recluse handles like a miniature enduro bike.
It has slightly less travel than a typical enduro rig but has similar
geometry, which makes it capable of handling gnarly terrain.
Descending on the Recluse is quick and confident; it’s much stabler than a true cross-country trailbike. We’ve tested many bikes
in this travel category that are twitchy. This bike strikes a balance
between nimbleness and stability, making it a great all-around
weapon, no matter how tight the turns are. The 140-millimeter
travel is plush off the top of the stroke, meaning small-bump compliance is better than on many other bikes in this travel
category. The suspension also ramps up on big hits
and jumps for control when the trail is nasty.
The Recluse is an exceptional all-around bike
that’s a blast to rail down most any trail,
and it won’t shy away from technical
chutes or long shuttle-run descents,
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR
The Recluse is available in many
different build kits at many different
price points, but the version we tested
offers great bang for the buck. The
Pro build forgoes top-level suspension
in favor of carbon wheels and a dialed
cockpit, and the good news is that you
don’t give up much suspension performance
for those upgrades.
Keepin’ it clean: The internal cable routing on the Recluse is
ready to accept either electronic or mechanical shifting. The
system is clean and even sports internal sleeves to keep the
cables from pinging the insides of the tubes, making the bike
very quiet on the trail.