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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the NS Synonym. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- The NS Synonym is available in two styles. The TR (trail) version has 120mm of travel in the rear. The RC (race) version has 100mm of rear travel.
- The bike has a high-quality, lightweight carbon frame.
- The shock's remote lockout for the shock greatly impressed many test riders.
- SRAM Level brakes provide Synonym riders with ample stopping power.
- The bike is available in sizes S through XL, fitting a wide range of riders.
- Experts were pleased to find that there is room for a water bottle on the NS Synonym.
- Internally routed cables give this mountain bike a smooth and polished appearance.
- On the Synonym, the Maxxis Rekon and Ikon tire pairing is fast-rolling.
- The steep seat tube angle and slack head tube angle place riders in a stable position for descending at speed.
- The Synonym is a capable climber and experts found that they could easily achieve personal records on ascents.
- The 12-speed SRAM drivetrain shifts smoothly on the NS Synonym.
- Testers agree that the price of the bike is fair for the components included in each build.
- Users found that the bike’s long wheelbase added stability on descents.
3 reasons not to buy
- The NS Synonym has a press fit bottom bracket. Experts would have preferred a threaded bottom bracket on the bike.
- Some testers found the Ikon tire in the rear provided insufficient traction.
- The bike is specced with 180mm brake rotors to keep the bike’s weight low. Larger rotors would benefit the stopping power of the NS Synonym.