I liked a lot the little features and hidden details on the 301, as they all add up to a pretty impressive package. The cable routing is really nice, with the cables flowing down the down tube, and the rear derailleur entering into the bottom bracket’s juncture, and exiting out just before the rear linkage (Neutral Center Path). The front derailer cable tucks up under the top tube, which has a bottom indention along its length. And I really liked the small exit hole for an adjustable seatpost cable, and I just used it when I swapped in the ultra sweet KS LEV.
The DynaLever sag indicator is a pretty innovate feature, and you can either match the linkage’s red dot with the frame’s pin for exact sag for your weight, or leave it high or low depending on personal taste. Any other time you get back on, just check if it’s in your fave spot and adjust the shock pressure as needed, so there isn’t any guessing or moving the slider up and down on the shock tube and measuring the sag. Another nice little extra (which is optional) is the Syntace RockGuard, which protects the rear derailer from impacts and general abuse and additional strengthens it, which is a great item if you tend to bash into rocks like I do. If you ever do jam up the rear derailer hard, it has a shear bolt, which rips off to save the part from severe damage, and underneath the bottom bracket is a spare bolt if that unforeseen incident happens.
As a side note, the Syntace W35 wheels pretty darn impressive, and the monstrous width (internal 28.5mm) really helped with contact and grip and traction of the tires. The W35 pair I was testing, had a front 15mm TA that weighed 800 grams, and a rear with a 142×12 axle that came in at 875 grams. The 32 hole wheels use Sapim CX-Ray spokes and cost around $1,200 a pair. I’ll be doing a separate test on the W35′s shortly.