As the name Swift suggests, this 26″ carbon hardtail is fast. This is a pure XCO racing machine. I got the bike six weeks ago and was lucky enough to ride it for the first time at the Subaru Sani2C stage race. This past weekend I raced it in a local XCO race, it was superb.
Weight is perhaps the most important factor in choosing a race hardtail, and thanks to its Nano Technology resins and patented Glide Tech Molding process, the Dark Matter sets the benchmark in this category. Weighing in at 9.3kg (as tested, with heavier non standard wheels), this is the lightest mountain bike I have ridden which became immediately apparent on the first climb. The acceleration is equally impressive for getting into that singlet rack first.
Race proven geometry provides quick and reliable handling. This together with the weight and stiffness of the frame allows you to effortlessly negotiate tight, technical singletrack.
The bike comes blinged out with 2011 SRAM XX as standard. Again, a first for me riding SRAM but I was pleasantly surprised with the precise shifting and powerful braking it provides. The RockShox Sid XX fork is reliable, responsive and trouble free with the lockout option coming in very handy. There’s probably nothing more gratifying than keeping one’s hands on the grips through all conditions, but having the ability to lock out the suspension on false flats and killer climbs.
Carbon bars and posts are standard on this bike. Ritchey Carbon goodies add to the look and feel of the bike. Ritchey WCS wheels complete the bike (not on test bike)
Price: R37 650
Warranty: Limted lifetime Warraty
Verdict: If you are a weight weenie looking for a kitted out racing hardtail look no further. Where will you find a full carbon mountain bike with this spec for R37K?
Find out more and buy online at www.swiftcarbon.co.za
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Photos courtesy Dave Mackay