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MOUNTAIN BIKE Group REVIEW - Five Slack, Short-Travel 29ers - Vital MTB Test Sessions

0 Views· 03/03/24
Aryel Narvasa
Aryel Narvasa
In Short / Travel

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!

Key Timestamps:
0:56 - Selection Criteria
1:56 - Effective Versus Actual Seat Angle
4:52 - Banshee Phantom Review
8:08 - Norco Optic Review
10:39 - Ibis Ripley Review
13:51 - Marin Rift Zone Review
16:00 - Santa Cruz Tallboy Review
18:32 - Slack Short-Travel 29er Thoughts
19:39 - Our Favorite Bikes

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Video by Shawn Spomer, Brandon Turman, and John Reynolds

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