Slide 150 8.0HD review at "What Mountain Bike 06/2016"
"The spec sheet for the 27.5in Slide 150 8.0 is certainly an impressive read for the price, with almost every part proudly carrying a label of excellence. In addition, it also boasts a natty fashion sense with its smartly matching orange anodised outfit. At first glance, it’s perhaps a little too easy to assume its position as a class leader. But is it?
THE FACTS A sleek, hydroformed aluminium frame is easy on the eye but looks aesthetically familiar to a handful of popular trail bikes. Welds are clean and bottle cage mounts are on the down tube, but high volume Continental tyres ask questions about clearance under a low seatstay brace. The 14.06kg Slide is geared with an 11-speed SRAM GX groupset of which performance is impressive throughout, with little noticeable difference from SRAM’s pricier offerings. A 30 tooth chainring on the Race Face Turbine cranks makes light of difficult climbs with a 42 tooth low gear at the back. A RockShox Monarch Plus rear shock controls 150mm of travel well with little pedal bob in or out of the saddle and is a great match for the 160mm Yari up front. The wide Race Face cockpit is fitted with soft Ergon rubber and powerful yet wooden Magura MT5 brakes. Our larger testers found the Radon to have a slightly cramped feel, due to a short front centre. That said, it’s an impressive bike and once set up, the suspension felt beautifully balanced and excitable. Stiff and smooth rolling DT Swiss wheels matched with a love-it or hate-it Continental Trail King tyre helped the bike to stick at speed and it handled everything we threw at it with reassuring confidence. We liked the Ergon seat, bolted to Radon’s JD Vario dropper post, which was somewhat stubborn and often required a hard bum compression to shift. The return action was better and the lever quite manageable.[...]"
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