The Santa Cruz Tallboy, Ibis Ripley, Norco Optic, Banshee Phantom, and Marin Rift Zone 29ers reviewed.
Want a bike that can pedal like crazy and maximize fun on smoother terrain? There are a growing number of short-travel bikes with super slack head angles and steep seat angles that make climbing more of a joy. We corralled five examples of this new-school ride to be ridden and scrutinized in Phoenix, Arizona. In this video, we break down their strengths and weaknesses, what we think of this type of bike, and pick our personal favorites. Welcome to Vital MTB Test Sessions for short-travel 29ers. Click play and DIG IN!
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Video by Shawn Spomer, Brandon Turman, and John Reynolds