While the geometry isn’t designed purely for descents, it still
allowed us to comfortably shift our weight back and maneuver the
B- 17 on steep sections of trail.
Our test riders struggled to find a balance with the rear suspension and shock tune. The ride quality was harsher than we were
expecting, especially in regards to small-bump compliance. At high
speeds the B- 17 could keep pace and track terrain confidently, but
the compression damping simply felt too firm on most trails and
for most riders.
Cornering: The B- 17 is plenty fun to push through corners. The
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WTB Ranger tires proved their mettle again in regards to traction
and felt like they had endless side-knob support when leaned over
in corners. In tight switchbacks, the rear triangle could be whipped
through comfortably. Those plus-size tires certainly take advantage
of the larger footprint and improve the cornering manners as a
All of the components on our test bike worked well and didn’t
cause any issues. The cockpit setup was aggressive yet versatile.
The mid-level Shimano brakes performed well and delivered plenty
of stopping power. Some of our test riders would have preferred a
Simple and plush: RockShox worked to develop a suspension design that offers both small-bump compliance and enhanced
pedaling efficiency. The Pike fork is easy to set up, and the Super Deluxe shock uses a custom tune for a wide range of riders.