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2020 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol Review: Down for Whatever Country | Pinkbike Field Test

2020 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol Review: Down for Whatever Country | Pinkbike Field Test

– As the brand says,
it’s down for whatever. No, it doesn’t say that. Yeah, it does. Suspension. Travel. Ah. (upbeat techno music) ♪ I don’t got so much ♪ ♪ I’ve been learning something ♪ ♪ I don’t got so much ♪ ♪ I’ve been learning something ♪ (woman laughing) – Behind me is the Guerrilla
Gravity Trail Pistol, which is 120, 130 millimeter travel bike. We’re testing it in the
Downcountry category, since the brand says it’s
down for whatever country. As tested, this bike is $5,895 U.S. A couple of the key components include the RockShox Pike Ultimate fork, FOX DPX2 rear shock, SRAM’s Guide Ultimate brakes, and it has DT Swiss carbon wheels. Guerrilla Gravity allows you
to customize that build kit, so if the dropper post, or
the wheels, drive train, don’t work for you, you can swap them out to suit your preferences
and your riding style. The Trail Pistol uses Guerrilla
Gravity’s Freedom Linkage, which they say provides
a lot of tuning options for both air shocks and coil shocks. There are flip chips on
the seat stay that adjust the way the bike uses its travel. Plush mode makes the
bike softer off the top, and through the mid-stroke. Crash mode brings the support
higher into the travel, it’s ideal for a rider who’s
looking to pump through the terrain more efficiently, as well as having the
snappiest pedaling platform. The Trail Pistol also has
what Guerrilla Gravity calls their Modular One Platform. Part of that is the geo adjust headset that allows you to run it in
a short or a long position. And then there’s also
seat stay tuning kits, which Guerrilla Gravity sells separately. So with the same frame,
you can actually make different models based on
changing the seat stay. A couple other features of
this made in Colorado frame include the integrated
external cable routing, they also have a frame storage
system, so that you can store a tube on the frame in
a convenient location. So let’s get into our details about how it rides on the trail. (energetic music) – In the downcountry category
we used Maxxis Minion DHF tires upfront, in a 2.5
inch size, at 19 PSI. And outback, we ran the
Maxxis Minion DHR II, in a 2.4 inch size, at 21 PSI. – As per Guerrilla
Gravity’s recommendations, I rode this bike in the short setting, with the 50 millimeter stem. I tried both the crush and the plush mode, and I found that Plush mode
was just a lot more comfortable on the trails we have here in Pemberton. – Yep, I ran it at both
plush and crush mode as well, and settled on plush, as did Sarah. Also ran the short and long
settings on the headset, and settled on short, out here. (energetic music) – The steep seat tube angle
on the Guerrilla Gravity really keeps you in a powerful
position for climbing. The bike has a slightly
slacker head tube angle, and a bit of a longer reach. It’s actually the longest
even in that short setting, it’s still the longest bike
that we’re riding here. And so even in that shorter
setting it’s a little bit slower just to make its way around the corners, when you go up steep single track. – Yeah, because of the frame geometry it’s not like the front end
is trying to lift on you on climbs, but the front wheel
is still a pretty long way in front of you, so you kind
of just have to pay attention to it a little more,
to make sure it’s going where you want it to go. – I was able to make it up the super steep climbs really easily. That being said, when I took
it up the forest service road, which is a 45 minute climb, just pretty steep relentless gravel climb, I found it a little bit exhausting, because of that little bit more weight than the other bikes that we have here. – And this is the nicest build that Guerrilla Gravity offers, just about, but it’s still a pound and a
half heavier than the Juliana, which also wasn’t a super light bike. In most situations it’s not a big deal, but it definitely wears on you
the longer you climb on it. (energetic music) ♪ I go on aimlessly, aimlessly ♪ So I’d say descending manners
on the Guerrilla Gravity is maybe my favorite aspect of the bike. Every time I ride a bike with geometry that’s this progressive,
I honestly kind of wonder why everyone doesn’t follow suit. It’s so easy to ride, it’s so
comfortable, it’s so neutral, it’s so easy to push hard in the corners, and yet while it’s so good at high speeds, it’s still certainly nimble
enough at lower speeds, that I never felt like it was too long, at least in the shorter setting. – As for the suspension, it’s
going to sound like a cliche, but it really does feel
like you have more travel than that 120, 130 millimeters. And you really don’t have
to be picky about what line you choose, you can just
kind of straight-line it through everything, and
take the fastest line on all the trails here. (energetic music) So our test loop had half
a kilometer of climbing, some single track, some steeper climbs, and there’s 90 meters of elevation during that half a kilometer. And then it came into trickier descent with some steep rock rolls, that really gave you a good feeling for how the bikes could ride. I tied for one of the
fastest descending times, and then on the climb
it was the slowest bike. – So my time laps were a
little more interesting for me, I did expect that this bike
would be a lot slower climbing and faster descending, but
it actually ended up being kind of more middle of the
rad on both sides, for me. To me, it seems like the Guerrilla Gravity really doesn’t actually
climb slower for me, at least on a climb of that duration, and while the descent wasn’t
necessary faster for me, I also had a lot more fun on that bike. (energetic music) – We were really happy
with the spec that we had on this bike, it’s pretty
comparable to all the other bikes we are riding here in the
downcountry category, we didn’t have any issues with any of the components on this bike. – Yeah, the flexibility and
customization is pretty amazing, and a lot of that does
boil down to the fact that Guerrilla Gravity
does sell consumer-direct, instead of through shops or distributors. And we had very comparable
spec to the other bikes in the downcountry category, but yet this thing came in under $6,000. (energetic music) – I think we both really
love that geometry, it’s fantastic, both
climbing and descending. It’s also super versatile, and there’s that potential
to have many bikes in one. It may matter more to some
people who live there, than others, but, it’s still
pretty cool that the bike is made in Colorado. And there’s just a
great value proposition, and there’s tons of different
options for your build kit. (energetic music) – Looks are obviously
subjective, but for both of us, we had to say that the overall appearance of the Trail Pistol didn’t
really seem super refined, either in the lines of the frame, or in the graphics that they used. There is also no getting around the fact that this frame is heavy. We figured that given
Guerrilla Gravity’s estimates, it’s about, maybe a little over
seven pounds with the shock, which is a lot for a downcountry bike. Part of that is due to the modular nature of how they designed it, and the way that they do the carbon. If you want some more details
on that, we do have a video. If Guerrilla Gravity used
a more conventional setup without a modular platform,
and with a more conventional carbon layup, you probably could lop at least a pound out of the frame. And this might seem a little bit nitpicky, but if you prefer to ride with a bottle, it’s nice that you can
fit a bottle on this bike, but the mount is pretty awkward, the bottle hangs from the top tube, and you have to be really
careful what kind cage you’re on. (energetic music) So no single bike is going
to be amazing in absolutely every condition, but if you are
more of a middle of the road kind of rider, then I
think the Trail Pistol is a great option, between
the way that they nailed the geometry, and the
pedaling performance, and the versatility, and the
build kit and the modularity of the frame, it could be
a good one-bike solution for a lot of people. It’s actually a bike I think I’d own. – So there you have it. The Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol. Stay tuned for more videos
from the Pinkbike Field Test, as well as a downcountry
round table that showcases all the bikes that we
were talking about here. (upbeat music)

42 comments on “2020 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol Review: Down for Whatever Country | Pinkbike Field Test

  1. Whats up with those prices? Am i too much of a poor peasant or why would anybody spend 6k on such a remarkably ordinary heavy bike, i dont get it….

  2. The versatility of the modular frame is such a huge selling point for me that I am planning on getting a guerrilla gravity as my next bike. I know a lot of people who have multiple bikes that cost thousands of dollars each and are specifically suited for certain applications (XC, DH, Enduro, etc.). I can't afford having more than one or two bikes at a time, so the GG makes a lot of sense.

  3. 6:37 And with that cage there, the bottle is too large already and it will rub through the frame, so prolly only monkey cage will be ok or those bottles with indented slots for bosses as they will not flex on impacts

  4. I wasn't aware Boston Dynamics had such advanced Robots, these 2 are almost human but lack personality! More work needs to be done on a Personality Sub-Routine

  5. Please use a high pass filter on your mic audio, all kinds of subsonic rumbles making my speakers jump when they are talking. Otherwise well done as usual.

  6. I think slighty lighter tires than the trail category bikes would have been better fitted to the down country category. Not a pure race tire but maybe like a forkaster/recon setup.

  7. IMO This is not down-country bike, it is trail bike. Even name suggest that. DC bikes are around 100-110 on rear and max 120mm up front with aggressive geo. And of course it will be heavy with enduro tires on it and trail ready frame…

  8. Uhh I think you missed the point here. Yeah it''s heavy for an XC bike (what the hell is down country??!!), but the advantage to the GG is that it can be swapped to a full enduro monster in 30 minutes. It's supposed to be the Swiss Army knife of bikes. You can get a decent xc bike, a capable trial toy, and an enduro machine in one for around $4k with a conservative but capable build. You really can't compare it to any any other bikes on the market because there aren't any that can transform into so many roles. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? That is for the consumer to say. This bike is on my short list for next year though.

  9. Hey I want to sell my '09 white n blue Kona Stab Deluxe (Large), has Boxxer Rock Shocks front and everything else bolt on is mostly new gear. How much might it be worth?

  10. I just bought a Revved Shred Dogg! These guys are great!. I don't want a bike from one of the big "Brands" that are making everything from mountain bikes to cruisers to road bikes to striders…..I want a MTB from a company that only makes MTB"s!!!!!! Customization on components, customization on colors, beefy build, made in Colorado……making mountain biking more awesome!

  11. I've heard the opinion that a modular bike is a con. Meaning because it isn't built for a specific geo, travel and size it's compromising in a lot of areas for the sake of modularity. I'm on the fence about this bike. I do get the appeal though.

  12. That bike is beautiful on top of being an incredibly awesome performer…I want this. Hopefully one day I make enough money to own one. 26 years old and my best bike to date is my 2019 Nukeproof Scout(1k USD) ಠ_ಠ

  13. Stoked about this. I've been considering their Smash for a long time, and this clinched it for me. As a total package, GG hits all the right points for me!

  14. Thanks for reviewing the Trail Pistol! I saw a Guerrilla Gravity bike on some trails this summer and have been curious about how they handle. Your video detailing their manufacturing process further intrigued me. They're on my list to try out for my next bike!

  15. Mike n' Mike reviews are so much better. C'mon. BTW, there was another similar comment saying "I miss Mike and Mike" that's been deleted…

  16. How many sub genres will the mtb community be willing to adopt? How about a short tavel enduro bike with TT clip on bars? Thus "Time Trail " was born.

  17. "Progressive Geometry" AKA rides like a chopper. Turns like a Semi Truck but it's easy to ride downhill in a straight line. You can't call it down country if it does not climb well. The whole industry needs to go back to the drawing board.

  18. You guys are crazy that's a great looking bike. Also nice job from RockShox with the fork flex, it's practically non-existent

  19. So why do you compare bike like this to another super boring Santa, but not to superior (however the same category!) Norco Optic ? maybe you should send these bikes (Tallboy and Pistol) to pinkbike roadies division ??

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