The human body needs certain ergonomics to tackle the task of riding off-road in extreme conditions. It is hard and you need to be fit and concentrated, otherwise you won’t survive. Specially when years start adding up! The other key factors to keep in mind are risk management, weight and reliability.
Many Pros, and those at the peak of their performance in their late 20s, will disagree and say that some of these parts could be somewhat of band aids for bad technique if you need to rely on them to make the day and/or that all we need is to anticipate bla bla bla … But reality is that they help us, the weekend warriors, keep up to the task. Cheating? Hell to the yeah!@#
Acknowledged this, it’s not easy for us to accept that modern Enduro Bikes come practically unbeatable out of the box, but it is a fact. If you’ve been around them for enough time you’ll invariably realize that modifying them is as hard as it gets and seldom improves them.
Still there are some small companies that have the experience and engineering skills, to tackle this and help us go that extra mile while riding on the wild side. At El Solitario we only collaborate with the best. Period. This backbone enables our relationship with these companies to become more like family, entirely based on mutual respect and not on economical reasons.
This is why when we recommend a product it´s because we have tried it and it has substantially improved our life, and nothing else.