The Ultimate Racing Machine
I'm in high school, and currently racing in the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League, or NorCal for short. For the first two seasons, my freshman and sophomore years, I had a hard time placing in the top ten. However, when my family finally buckled down and bought a brand new 2020 Spot Ryve 100 29 in the SRAM 6-star build kit, the very first race of the season I made 4th- my highest finish yet. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the rest of the race season was cancelled, but even so, I am convinced that the Ryve 100 is the ultimate racing machine.
While the Living Link technology makes for absolutely zero pedal bob on the climbs, the slack geometry allows the bike to thrash the descents. The cockpit is open and super comfortable on long rides, and most importantly, it is very light. Just over 23 lb. The SRAM AXS is super cool and lightweight, and and SRAM Level brakes are excellent, although not quite as good as the reliable Shimano XT. The Stan's Podium rims and Shwalbe tires are great, and the Fox suspension makes even the roughest trails that CA has to offer seem like a cloud.
The only beef I have with the Ryve 100 is that while the Living Link makes for no pedal bob, it is difficult to wash. All those bearings and linkage arms are hard to get to with a brush or a chamois. Other than that, absolutely nothing but praise for the Ryve 100. It truly is the ultimate racing machine, as well as a great bike to just go out and bust some miles and have fun.