After spending the last 4 seasons on a coil-shocked Mojo HD, I was ready for something more suited to
the majority of the available trail in Northern UT (i.e, shorter travel). After demoing a few bikes, including
the venerable Santa Cruz 5010, I thought I’d try the new HD3, because why not. I was sold immediately
and placed my order the next day. A good, but reasonably priced build came in at 27 pounds before
The already efficient DW-Link suspension has gotten even better, and I felt like it gave up absolutely
nothing to shorter-travel bikes like the 5010 on the climb. While it has slightly less travel and its geometry
is a little steeper than its predecessor, it yields very little on the downhill – mostly trading the ability to
plow through technical terrain for agility both up and down.
The CCDB Inline is a great shock with a lot of adjustment, which can be a good or bad thing depending
on your competence in tuning suspension. Personally, I like to tinker and I think it’s great, but if you don’t,
the Fox might be a better choice.
Overall very happy with the purchase, and worth looking at for anyone looking for a bike in the 125-160
mm travel range.