Bodhi Barneywrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Air Reserve Complete Bike on April 22, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
That’s the thought I couldn’t get out of my mind on this bike. Moreso than any other bike I’ve ridden this bike goes fast, and wants to go faster.
On straight lines pointed downhill it excels as any big 29er would. I was pleasantly surprised at how well I could get around tight corners, it doesn’t feel like a big boat in tight terrain.
I really appreciated how the new lower link suspension design keeps the center of gravity really low. This helps a lot in corners, it feels like you can really lean it over in turns and the traction remains predictable. This coupled with how well the rear wheel tracks the ground makes this bike excellent at cornering. This is one of the many things that make the Megatower so confidence inspiring.
VPP strikes a good balance of providing great traction over the rough stuff, while still remaining nimble and lively when you want it to be.
With the relatively steep seattube, it’s a comfortable climber. There’s no hiding the fact that it’s a 6” travel 29er and it’s never going to pedal like a lightweight trail bike. But that’s not this bike’s intended purpose. It’s a little dull on mellow terrain at lower speeds. But you’ll quickly forget that small trade off when you get in the terrain this bike was designed for.
I can’t say enough good things about this bike, it’s an absolute blast!