XC bikes intended for moving fast over aerodynamic terrain generally contain high head and seat tube angles (70 to 72, and 73+). These steeper angles place you within the middle of your bicycle for powerful, efficient pedaling, especially when scaling. While fast and efficient, they can be sketchy on the downhills and throughout the rough stuff, as the forward location and steeper fork angle cause you more prone to endo.
In between these two extremes is the mountain bike/trail bike which climbs well while nevertheless descending confidently — this is the place where the DRT 3.2 sits with its head tube angle at the 67-degree range and marginally more 441mm chainstay period to deliver a more steady ride.
The rims and tires come tubeless prepared — REI needed to make certain it was easy that you set them up tubeless yourself by just purchasing a valve stem and some sealant. And if you are worried about messing it up (and it could get cluttered on your first two or three tries), it’s fast and easy for your neighborhood bike shop to perform for you. Running tubeless enabled us to lose the bike pressure a significant bit in Sedona for not just superior traction on the slickrock, however, a bumpy ride over the insides terrain.
Photo by: John Watson
This is 1 mountain bike trend that REI did follow, setting up the DRT 3.2 at a 1 x 12 configuration with SRAM NX Eagle. I’ve said it before and I shall say it once you proceed Eagle, you’ll never go back. And also the Shimano hydraulic brakes were smooth and quick to engage with just 1 finger.