This Link’s Alive!
You know those new carbon plate running shoes that have been shattering marathon records due to their soles’ increased energy return? Demo’ing the Living Link on the Ryve kind of felt like that… That’s the best analogy I can think of to describe the unique ride of the Ryve – it feels like it returns the energy from suspension compression into a little nudge forward. For as well as the bike climbs, it’s so much fun descending too! Very stable at speed and the Living Link gives a little extra nudge, again, to power out of corners and pop over features. The Ryve impressed me as an ideal bike for technical XC marathon races and all-terrain backcountry epics - both capable like a trail bike, and easy climbing like an XC bike.
The demo experience was smooth as well. The bike was waiting for me when I arrived, Spot gladly helped with some small adjustments I requested, and I was out riding within 10 minutes, followed by a thoughtful and informative ride debrief with Spot when I returned.