knobs were then adjusted on the trail to aid in soaking up chattery
braking bumps as well as big hits from jumps or drops.
Moving out: Hopping aboard the Wilson, it’s easy to see that
this rig likes to be ridden fast. Its 27.5-inch wheels roll over big
rocks without a second thought and easily smooth out sections
with deep braking bumps. On faster jump trails, the Wilson has
a well-balanced feel in the air and is very forgiving to riders who
make less-than-perfect landings. The Wilson’s 800-millimeter
handlebars were more than comfortable for the majority of our test
riders, and SRAM’s downhill-specific drivetrain provided a great
range of gears.
Sprung just right: The RockShox Vivid
R2C is well-tuned for burly racetracks or flowy
jump trails. Our test riders used a 350-pound spring
to achieve 30-percent sag. The OEM spring weight
fits most riders well, but some may feel the need to
swap for a heavier or lighter spring.
It’s fast: The Wilson charges trails with
authority and doesn’t get scared
easily. Riders aboard the Wilson will find
themselves with elevated confidence
and willingness to ride fast through the
gnarlier sections of the trails.
Pedaling: Downhill bikes are some of the most specific bikes
on the market. They are strictly designed to conquer descents,
rendering them almost useless on any climb. That said, however,
there are times when a downhill rider may face a small incline or
flat section that requires some pedaling. The Wilson, when faced
with this challenge, used its light and stiff chassis to help riders
get through the slower sections of the trails.
Cornering: The Wilson’s well-tuned suspension and low center
of gravity allowed our test riders to rail corners with ease. The
Wilson’s suspension stays firm when the bike is being thrown into
a berm, allowing riders to sustain a high exit speed,