Compared to the guides of yesteryear that required careful shimming and reshimming, the Trail SXR is a delight to install. From start to finish the procedure takes under 30 minutes. That’s approximately one to two beers, depending on thirst and IBU.
Once installed, I would recommend deflating your shock to ensure there is sufficient room for the top guide to clear the drive side chainstay when fully compressed. After a large impact, our test unit shifted slightly, which was enough to cause the top mount to rub against the chainstay at bottom out. According to Gamut, this can be an issue on some 29er frames when running anything smaller than a 32t. They are working on a smaller top guide that would offer better clearance, but they believe that a larger top guide offers superior retention and chain line.
I’ve had this test unit mounted on two different test bikes, a Santa Cruz Nomad and a Hightower. Both have seen a number of shuttle days, bike park laps, all day epics and lunch day spins. The bikes have been through dust and mud and at least one bearing service, but the Gamut just keeps working.
The Trail SXR is designed for trail and enduro applications, so you may want to look for something beefier if you’re shopping for your DH bike. But if you want something light, simple, and affordable, this is it. It’s easy to install, has no moving parts to wear out, and just works.
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