Santa Cruz Tall­boy R Alu­minium 29

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - BIKE OF THE YEAR 2018 -

The Tall­boy has an in­fec­tious feel that makes you want to push it fast on a wide range of ter­rain. There are no crazy an­gles or elon­gated tubes, so ev­ery tester felt im­me­di­ately at home. The ‘VPP’ sus­pen­sion is ef­fec­tive at trans­fer­ring power to the rear wheel and has just enough feed­back without feel­ing harsh or un­con­trolled. While Santa Cruz can’t com­pete on spec, the parts all do their job well enough. The Fox Rhythm 34 fork con­tin­ues to im­press, and the Maxxis Min­ion tyre boosts con­fi­dence up front. If it were bet­ter value, the Tall­boy would be right up there. We’d still rec­om­mend it if you can take the hit.

w£3,299 www.san­tacruzbikes.co.uk

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