The Entourage does not have a split personality. It is not a 170mm travel all-mountain pedal bike. It is an enabling mini-DH bike which absolutely rips turns, blasts jumps and rallies steeps at the whim of the rider. It's also an ideal DH bike for smaller / petite riders. Some smaller riders can get lost in 200mm travel, finding it nearly impossible to obtain a proper suspension set up. However, they are taking on the same terrain that larger riders are and need the aggressive geometry but in a nimble, responsive package.
The geometry of this bike is what defines it. A low slung BB (and center of gravity), exceptionally short chainstays and slack head angle are the marquee features. The balance of these numbers results in a bike that has a light and intuitive maneuverability on the trail but maintains the ability to challenge steep, committing lines. Both Graham and I have been loving the bike's cornering ability, flickability in the air (Graham has been flipping and spinning his already), and plush, deep travel on more technical trail.
We did not talk about this much when we announced the Operator platform but the amount of positive feedback on this feature warrants noting it here. The Entourage (and Operator) use a large diameter round downtube in direct contrast to the oh-so vogue heavily shaped but basically square downtube you see on many bikes today. We did this because we constantly see dented DTs (shuttling or plowing into rocks) on many competitors DH bikes. Not impressed by cute pads and tubesets engineered for aerodynamics, we asked ourselves ‘what is the most dent resistant shape we could make?’. The answer? A circle.
With suspension performance, geometry and performance durability the main drivers behind creating the Entourage, we arrived at a surprisingly light 170mm travel bike. Aggy's small-sized Team build prototype weighed in at 33.5 lbs, my large size proto, shown here, weighed in at 36.6lbs