What didn’t we like?
The ‘Climb’ mode on the rear and front CTD shocks was almost a complete lockout. It is ideal for pavement out-of-saddle climbs but on the trail, the the ride was basically like a hardtail. Now that’ not necessarily bad but to go from full plush to full hardtail mode is too much of a jump and traction and comfort are compromised.
The ’Descend’ mode of CTD is very plush indeed as it is wide open and maximum suspension action is made available. But there is little damping and that may not be ideal if the terrain has a lot of drops and jumps. It’s a compromise that may not bother most but it’s something to keep in mind when attacking a huge descent like our favorite shuttle run in Downieville, CA.
Finally, the Rockshox Reverb post lever was a bit of an ergonomic mismatch with the Shimano brakes and shifters so some tough lever angles greeted us until we played musical chairs with the lever positioning.