Performance testing is one of the pleasures of this job. Out in the local canyon, our Max didn’t suffer from the old bob-and-weave as before. Instead, the ride was firm without being overly harsh. The fork still tended to hydraulically lock over large, sharp-edged bumps, but that is more a function of damping-rod forks than the spring. Sweeping corners still caused the bike to wobble a bit. However, the frame was much more rigid with the frame brace installed. The wobble had been transformed from confidence-zapping to hardly noticeable. Also, the chassis no longer felt like it was winding up like a spring when it hit compression bumps in sweepers.