My wife Katya demoed the Liv Intrigue on the South Rim and Hidden Canyon trails on Gooseberry Mesa, Hurricane, Utah during the Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival in March 2016. Those are upper intermediate to double black diamond trails and a serious test of a bike.
Her conclusion, the bike felt light and sporty and she had no problems with the less expensive components compared to XT level components on her Yeti. Katya is a slower cautious intermediate rider who rides the toughest trails but knows when to walk it.
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I demoed this bike on the technical rock tread of the Stiles Ranch Trail in Santa Clara County’s Santa Teresa Park in south San Jose at Trailhead Cyclery’s Dirt Demo on November 8, 2015. This trail is upper intermediate technical difficulty and one of the best test tracks I’ve found outside of Moab. I hit large rocks and bounced through dense rock gardens that are at intermediate level or above. I never popped up my front wheel to climb them, imitating a rider who misses his or her line or doesn’t have that skill.
Video: Riding the Trance over modest rocks. The wide angle lens of the iPhone flattens the rocks; they are bigger than they appear.
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