GUY’S IDENTITI METTLE £1,599.99 (frame)
When a bike tester puts the mud tyres on, a dry spell is guaranteed
As summer slips into autumn, it’s transition time for testing too, which means the Mettle has been as busy as ever.
The Just Riding Along wheels I tested last issue are going to be staying on for a while after they blew me away with their sweet-riding, cost-effective performance. I’ve wrapped them in Specialized’s latest super-aggro Hillbilly DH rubber, ready for things to get slippery. That’ll hopefully mean it stays bone dry for a while! I’ve actually been loving the wide-spaced blocks for blowing up roost, even if my legs haven’t been loving them so much on the climbs.
Now I’m back from the Alps, I’ve switched the TRP G-Spec brakes to sintered pads for more bite and wear resistance without risking boiling the mineral oil internals. The PRO dropper post, Shimano XT transmission and FSA cranks are still going fine, so there’s no reason to mess with them.
Upcoming grouptests mean I’m running a 2018 RockShox Lyrik fork and a new Gusset Slade bar up front. By the time of my next report there’ll be a RockShox Super Deluxe coil shock at the back – not because there’s anything wrong with the Deluxe air shock, but just because I’ve wanted to try a coil on the Mettle for ages. I’ll also be working my way through a load of different forks, including the new MRP Ribbon Coil.