I’ve raced this bike plenty and it’s a fantastic weapon. I rode it to 24th at XC Nationals this year, and a number of wins and podiums closer to home. I’m getting more and more used to hardtails in general (used to be just a suspension guy) and the range of race courses where I still choose this bike over the Tallboy is broadening more into the rough category. Just because it is so stable over the rough and chatter. I’ve also had the pleasure of taking this bike out on 3-4 hour training/fun rides and it totally rips. I never thought I’d choose a hardtail over my Tallboy for a fun ride but with this bike, sometimes I do! It isn’t the lightest frame in the category (still incredibly light!) because the Santa Cruz brand to me also represents durability. They made it strong too. You can have some serious fun on this bike, racing or just riding, mashing into rocks as much as your wheels and wrists can take, taking drops and even jumps.
Ride, race, or look at this bike and it will bring a smile to your face!