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Santa Cruz Tallboy Review

Santa Cruz bicycles have been around since 1993. This company has a passion for bikes, since its humble beginnings out of a garage in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz bicycles tend to break the mold and push boundaries. They now have 19 different mountain bike models and their mountain bikes options range from hardtails to machines designed to take even the steepest downhill trails. Santa Cruz bicycles are known for high performance and quality components.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy LT Carbon R AM Complete Bike

If there is a Santa Cruz Tallboy model that is designed for nothing but mountains, it is this one. This bike is a mainstay of the all-mountain crowd and is used by the pros everywhere. Combining lightness with strong components, the Santa Cruz Tallboy rewards aggressive riding styles. Its carbon frame with a front triangle built in a single piece and carbon fibers around critical tube junctions mean that the Santa Cruz Tallboy can take a beating and distribute loads and impacts better than most other mountain bikes.

Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon – R XC Build

Front and read triangles built in a single piece allow great durability and shock absorption. Carbon frames make this Santa Cruz Tallboy impressively light. Included grease gun and ports mean that it is easy to service this bikes bearing and guarantee a long life. With a smooth-shifting 10-speed drivetrain and a 36-tooth granny gear, bikers will have no problem finding their ideal gear ratio for every possible trail and situation. For maximum suspension and control, this Santa Cruz Tallboy model includes a Rock Shox Rebal RL 29 fork, a Hand-laced wheelset with Mavic TN719 rims, DT Swiss spokes, and a Shimano M756 rear hub as well as Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc brakes, known for their powerful action.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy LT R AM Complete Bike

This Santa Cruz Tallboy model gives the Santa Cruz Tallboy line better travel capabilities. While the Santa Cruz Tallboy line in general is designed for aggressive trail riding, this model is better for bikers looking for a bike with more flexibility. Sporting an aluminum frame, this bike is the most inexpensive Santa Cruz Tallboy model, although it is considerably heavier than its cousins.

All in all, the Santa Cruz Tallboy line is considered among the best for rough mountain trail riding and the high-end models in the Santa Cruz Tallboy line are a mainstay of most professional circuits. Reviews are generally positive for this line of bikes, perfect at what they do although not very versatile.

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Rocky Mountain Vertex Bike Reviews

Rocky Mountain bicycles have been around for more than thirty years. This company has plenty of experience and, since their beginnings in the basement of a bike shop in Vancouver, have shown passion, quality, and innovation. Ranging from excellent beginning mountain bikes to models featured in professional circuits, Rocky Mountain bicycles have it all.

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Rocky Mountain Vertex 950 Bike 2012

The Rocky Mountain Vertex 950 uses very short chainstays and a rear wheel that is practicaly under the rider, meaning that it is insanely fun to drive and has very responsive handling. Add to that a great wheelset and RockShox squish and you’ve got a very smooth ride. With 29er-optimized SRAM 2 x 10 gear ratios, you will quickly find the ideal gear ratio for you.

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Rocky Mountain Vertex 970 RSL Bike – 2012

This Rocky Mountain Vertex model is a pure XC bike. With a carbon fiber frame and great components, this is a fast and whippy bicycle. One of the strong points of the whole Rocky Mountain Vertex line is its impressive stiffness, and the 970 RSL is no exception. With a one kilogram frame, this is a fast, lightweight bike with great handling.

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Rocky Mountain Vertex RSL 50 XC Bike

The hardtail is incredibly relevant today and leaving many full suspension XC bikes in the dust. This model has an impressively light carbon frame with great downhill capabilities and nearly no difficulties when going uphill. This hardtail is great for cross country trails and is what the pros use.

Rocky Mountain Vertex RSL 70 XC Bike

The RSL 70 will obliterate all the bumps in your road. Amazing acceleration combined with great handling as well as a carbon fiber frame that is both light and durable. The parts list in this bike is impressive FOX 32 F100 RL fork, 15QR axle, and Shimano XT/Raceface drivetrain. Altogether, this model is the fastest in the Rocky Mountain Vertex line.

Rocky Mountain Vertex bikes are generally considered to be excellent entry level mountain bikes. In their price range, both the carbon fiber and aluminum frames are top of the line and, as most bikers know, when you are buying a mountain bike for the first time, what you are really purchasing is a good frame. Rocky Mountain Vertex bikes offer stiff, high-quality frames at an affordable price and can be easily upgraded to suit different needs with better, more expensive components.

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Santa Cruz Superlight Bike Reviews

Santa Cruz Bicycles is a company that is well known for the passion they have for their products. Since their very first model, the Tazmon, they have broken barriers and helped advance mountain bike technology in order make sure that bikers have only the very best high performance bikes in the world. There are 19 models of Santa Cruz mountain bicycles, in both carbon fiber or aluminum frames. With a great variety of components, these bikes are both versatile and of the best possible quality.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight 29 R XC Complete Bike

This model of the Santa Cruz Superlight is dependable, fast, and quite a lot of fun to ride. This model is great for racing and is a high-end alternative without breaking the bank. Known for its great single pivot design, the Santa Cruz Superlight series can make you feel confident that you are riding a high-quality model. While some manufacturers have shifted away from single pivot designs, the Santa Cruz Superlight series highlights why these are still relevant. Single pivot suspension is predictable, giving better handling. It is also light and easier to maintain due to the fact that there is only one pivot that needs cleaning and maintenance.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight D XC Complete Bike

This Santa Cruz Superlight model combines the best of the Superlight series with the XC genus. While the Blur is now Santa Cruz’s best racing bicycle, the Santa Cruz Superlight series allows bikers to race on a budget. This bike is simple and effective with a single pivot suspension design that can handle most bumps while being reliable and comfortable to use. This Santa Cruz Superlight model striked the perfect balance between lightness, reliability, handling, and stability.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight 29 D XC Complete Bike

Biking can be an expensive hobby, if you want to do it right. However, this Santa Cruz Superlight model proves that you can still have a reliable, well-performing bicycle without having to spend your life’s savings. Like other Santa Cruz Superlight models, this model has a great single pivot design that gives you great performance and racing capabilities. This model is also easy to upgrade and it is nearly impossible to find a hardtail that weighs less than thirty pounds at anything near this price.

All in all, Santa Cruz Superlight models are fantastic bikes for bikers on a budget and can get considerably better by upgrading their components. The single pivot design is a classic for a reason and most bikers will be happy with Santa Cruz Superlight mountain bicycles.

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