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I talked about the shock, however exactly what concerning the remainder of the parts? Well, there's a Pike up front, which nobody's whining around. For drivetrain, it's a full Shimano XT kit, including cranks-- a shocking and welcome addition. I choose drivetrains that were developed together, spec 'd together. Which leads me to the one area Norco really did not supply on the details.
So can the longer-travel Santa Cruz Hightower LT hang hard with the Bulleit-swilling, hammerschlagen-playing Slashes and Wreckonings of the 29er world, or is it more of an in-betweener, like Yeti's SB5.5? Many Santa Cruz bikes have generally the very same silhouette, but the similarities run deeper than the typical VPP linkage when it comes to the Hightower LT, which makes use of the exact same carbon front triangle as the normal Hightower.
I discussed the shock, yet just what about the rest of the parts? Well, there's a Pike in advance, which no one's grumbling around. For drivetrain, it's a full Shimano XT kit, consisting of cranks-- an unexpected and also welcome inclusion. I prefer drivetrains that were created together, spec 'd together. Which leads me to the one area Norco didn't provide on the details.
I saddled up, or, instead saddled down for some runs in the park to see exactly how it all added up. I was on the flagship S-Works version, held up by luxurious Ohlins front and also back suspension. The park was mad that day, like an old male attempting to return soup at a deli. The last days of a dry Crankworx created some harsh stopping bumps as well as needed some cautious shock tuning. I ended up deepening the back droop to take the additional abuse, and to my surprise it came with little or no sacrifice to the playfulness I have actually constantly suched as regarding the Enduro 29.
" Allow me guess, you made the front-center much longer, it'll be coming spec would certainly with much shorter stems, you made the standover lower and seat tube much shorter to accommodate longer dropper messages, you made the chainstays shorter, headtube loafer, and you steepened the seat angle, right?"
As well as it only telescopes 115 millimeters, though the back of the saddle drops a full 150. It shares the trustworthy mechanical securing device of Command Messages we're made use of to, with ratcheting change up until you get to the really lower 25 millimeters.
The results are right away recognizable. On other bike I rode while at Crankworx this year, I found myself really feeling timid in corners. Particularly in harsh, all-natural terrain and via the several blown-out berms in the park, I constantly felt my front wheel endangering to slip away when on standard countered forks.
Each of Change's new 2018 models were awaiting me in a garage when I met up with some product managers for a ride at the close of this past Crankworx. However I have actually had my eye on the 140-millimeter rear travel, 160 front, 29-inch Sentinel since I first became aware of its noteworthy, acronym-worthy SBG geometry. So I spun my pedals on and also we headed out.