WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The Defcon 1 is the top-end offering but still delivers value with
a group set that’s well thought out and ready to hit the trails right
out of the box. The Shimano XT build kit comes with a single-ring
drivetrain that no rider will feel the need to upgrade. The bike also
comes with top-end Fox Factory suspension, including a Float
36 fork and Float X Evol shock. Again, there is no need for any
component swaps out of the box. Whether you plan to ride, race or
rally this machine, it’s ready to rumble.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving Out: The Defcon is low, slack and modern. It fits like a
quick and racy enduro bike with a relatively long front center, low
bottom bracket and geometry that’s built to slay the gnarliest trails.
It’s not the lightest bike at this price but could be put on a diet to
be pressed into race shape.
Pedaling: This is a plush bike first and foremost, so the ped-
aling efficiency must rely on the suspension dampers to provide a
platform for efficient pedaling and climbing. Fortunately, the levers
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