Down the steep stuff: The slack head angle and stout front end
were more than confidence-inspiring on steep technical sections. We could have used a little more travel from our dropper
post at times, but never felt too limited.
It will take anything: The Decree can run just about any drivetrain
setup with the help of the universal cable guides on the front end.
Riders can use mechanical or Di2 systems without having to make
too many changes.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
The Decree was fairly easy to set up. We thought the suspension
might be a little complicated, given the preload that’s put on the
shock, but we were pleasantly surprised. Dialing in the suspension
was simple. We set the sag at 30 percent for the front and rear,
although some may want to run the fork a little stiffer, depending on
their riding style.
Moving out: Our test bike came with a 55-millimeter stem with
720-millimeter bars, giving the bike a close, upright fit. The handlebars did seem a little narrow for just how aggressive the Decree is,
but it didn’t slow us down.
Cornering: The tighter the turns, the better. We could feel the
stiffness of the frame and rear triangle when we hit hard turns or
abrupt G-outs, using the suspension travel to absorb the abrupt
changes in the trail. With the Reverb down and standing out of
the saddle, we were easily able to lean the bike hard into cor-
Climbing: Is it a cross-country racer? No, but it’s impressively
close. With the light weight and adjustable travel of the Decree,
we weren’t disappointed with just how well it could conquer a
climb. With the suspension locked out and our weight forward,
the climbs were brisk and as fast as we wanted them to be.
Descending: When the trail got rowdy, the Decree really
started to feel at home. The slack head angle allowed us to sit
back behind the bars on steep sections and let the suspension
do the work. Our Reverb only had 100 millimeters of travel. We
could have used a little more, but the low standover height and
seat tube gave our test riders plenty of freedom to move around
off the saddle.
We did a couple rides with the geometry adjusted to the
steeper head angle and high bottom bracket height, and even
with a more aggressive geometry, the Decree felt plenty capable
TRICKS, TIPS OR UPGRADES?
The stock Reverb post came with 100 millimeters of travel,
which isn’t really enough for this bike. Down the road a 125- or
150-millimeter-travel post might feel more at home. We didn’t
have any issues with the fit of the Decree, but wider bars could
give this dirt sled a more aggressive feel. The stock bars did
make us feel limited, but going a couple inches wider changed
the leverage for us quite a bit.
The Decree does come with ISCG mounts, and we definitely
recommend putting a discrete chainguide on. This bike is meant
to be pushed, but there is nothing wrong with a little insurance