Fall is my favourite time of year to ride. It’s nice and cool as the leaves turn and then disappear, improving sightlines in the valley’s fast, hard-packed singletrack trails. Having the pleasure of testing a totally new to North America, 2011 Italian-made Sintesi 609 Race Disc XC bike doesn’t hurt either.

I’ve ridden some nice bikes in my time, and this Sintesi 609 ranks right up there. It’s a beautifully designed full-carbon, full-suspension bike – maybe the nicest looking bike I’ve ever seen with my own eyes, with aesthetically pleasing lines, hidden cable routing and a racy, but not over-the-top paint job.

Enough about how much I like the way this bike looks, and let’s get into how this 2011 Euro offering performs. I took it out 4 times over the last two weeks, all for extended rides. It was good being able to stretch the testing out because I had the opportunity to get used to the bike and ride it in some varied terrain and conditions. Sintesi spared little expense, offering full XX components, and when I say this is a full-carbon bike, I really mean it, including the seat post, stem, and even the hubs. I weighed the bike (19” frame), with pedals (Shimano XT) and it came in at just over 22 lbs. Needless to say, I found it extremely agile, light as hell and yes, very, very fast!

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