Demo'd Element C70
In the short time I had to demo an Element C70 I enjoyed the bike. I'm 5'8" 155. 31 inseam & long arms. I found the more upright seated posture on the Medium bike very comfortable. Climbing seemed easy & efficient. The downhill was a combination of flow & some short but not steep technical rock & root sections. The bike handled that well & invited me to pop off features and play. It seemed liked it was just waiting to pop when asked and hardly took effort to get it to to comply. When I chose more difficult chunky indirect lines it seemed to absorb and handle those fine. I'm no all-out ripper but do fine on the Fruita & Moab classics where I'd like to take something like this annually.
I like the spec on the Element C50 and could envision buying based on the comfort of the seated position & climbing alone. Would like to test the suspension further on more difficult technical long downhills. The jury is still out on that for me due to the limited time I had to test. But I'd gladly go for another test ride on this compared to other bikes I tested that don't compel me too return nearly as strongly.