Nice ride review:
It is an interesting bike. Between this and the Rail (which I have tested) there is a good comparison to be made. Spec seems a bit better on the Wild for the money. Details a bit more dialed (spoke magent..c'mon) on the Rail.
It's strange to me that the Geo seems almost there on both bikes. Rail has a fairly aggressive HTA, but slacker STA and middling reach for the same size.
I'd love to see a comparison with a $6500 YT Decoy. The Decoy battery
is smaller, but let's face it, we usually have a motor/battery to get us up so we can get bugs in our teeth going downhill. If you can climb 10,000 ft, but it hurts going down, what's the point?
I think I'm going to end up going with the Levo. They seem to have the best local support for what's out right now. I don't want to wait 3 months for warranty parts from Spain. From what I've heard locally replacement levo motors if needed are in within a week. I don't think ibis or SC is going to have a battery that comes even close to the 700wh from specialized.
I took one (M20) for a spin last weekend and really liked it. it is well put together and the new bosch motor felt really good, with quick response time, low noise and the right assist when I needed it. My test was limited to urban trails and a dirt mount, but still, the bike behaved as expected and was relatively light and nimble. I was concerned with the geometry of the front wheel where the angle is more pronounced than my Levo (less slack), but it was still sure-footed and didn't feel I was going to go OTB in any of the steep descents I tried.
Overall, the bike built was of high quality and the addition of the range extender (available in April/may in the USA), is making this bike a compelling contender for my next bike purchase.