I just got a chance to ride the new and improved Ridge and wow, the machine is killer! The geometry feels super dialed and versatile. I have it set up on the aggresive trailbike/freeride hardtail but it is going to be great to learn dirt jumping on too. The build is on the heavier side with a 66 on the front, single ring and E-13 guide(of course), Race face cranks, Sic Bars, Sun MTX wheels fat 2.6 Kenda's on the John Deere Green Machine so it feels close to the freeride setup that I love. Spent so much time on my R-9 and new proto this past year that the Ridge has never been under me until tonite and I'm stoked!
FTW did away with the 1.5 headtube and it gives it an elegant look. The head angle is now 68.5 degrees too, which feels super comfortable. Stay tuned for pictures and more reports from the field!