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Thomaswrote a review of on August 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For a mid travel bike, this one is an absolute blast. You'll definitely feel the chattery sections in your body more so than you would on one of Santa Cruz's bigger travel bikes, but the geo is so DIALED on this one that you're not going to care. With the flip chip in the low setting it's a bit more slack than other bikes in its class and it makes the bike so fun. I feel like a better rider on the 5010. It's agile, responsive to rider input, and just so snappy and nimble. You can pre-load the suspension just a bit and hop off any little bump or berm. Pedals really efficiently and climbs nicely. There's seriously not enough good things I can say. This is probably pretty close to a quiver killer if you mostly like trail riding with moderate downhill.

I'm 6'3 and I rode a Large and felt fine on it. Definitely probably could have rode an XL as well.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB150 is the first 29er I have had a chance to ride and MAN is it a fun one. I have watched more YouTube videos of demo rides and bike reviews than most people ever should, so I had a pretty good feeling about the Switch Infinity linkage going in. It blew my expectations out of the water, it was somehow even better than you'd expect. This bike pedals substantially better than what would be expected for a bike of its class. It felt super responsive to rider input, particularly when pedaling. Compared to other downhill leaning bikes, this bike is in a class of its own on the uphill.

The caveat to the next bit of my review is that I am a new(ish) rider. I am not as fast or aggressive as the typical rider of this bike would or should be. This bike absolutely begs for more speed. It will totally handle whatever you put in front of it in exchange for speed. In the few moments I felt confident in really opening it up, this bike stuck right to the line I was on and felt awesome through rough sections. It's super plush, and the suspension is predictable and in combination with the super slack geo, provides a lot of stability on the gnarly stuff.

I'm 6'3 200lbs with a 32 inch inseam, and to tell the truth I felt just fine on a Medium. I think if I was buying the bike, a Large for sure, but it really is a big bike with substantial reach.

Pros:
- As close to a quiver killer as you can get
- Begs for speed
- Top end components
- Absolute beast downhill

Cons:
- Handling adjustment coming from 27.5 bikes
- Your friends will be jealous and come to resent you

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 23, 2019

Platform Perfect
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like these Stamp pedals a lot! This is one of the cheaper options to stand on in the Stamp line, but that absolutely doesn't mean you won't get awesome quality. These are super grippy, even without backing the pins out. They feel really natural to ride on. If you're considering composite pedals, I can say these are totally worth the little extra money and will give you so much more confidence while riding. I have found that they're pretty durable as well. I am newer than most to MTB, and I still pedal-strike occasionally or brush up against tight trees here and there, but the pedals don't take too much of a beating from it.

I wear size 10 shoes, which you may have found out is right in the middle of the gap between the small and large sizes for these pedals. If you're like me and have size 10 feet, I would recommend going up to to the Large. I personally like a little bit more pedal to find when I need to. Also, as others have noted the spindle could afford to be a little longer in the Stamp line, but they're pretty great even considering that. I personally just like pedals to be a little more spread out from the crank. I attached a photo from Bike Radar below that shows the small vs. a large on the same shoe, and shows where the shoe meets the limit of the pedal at the spindle.

To make a long review short, these are reliable, sticky and I would definitely recommend them, especially as an upgrade from composite pedals.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bike is a blast! The Bronson definitely finds its home on fast and technical descents, but it's super, super fun on a nice flow trail too. This bike will really do whatever you're skilled enough to allow it to. The more speed you're able to give it, the more capable the bike feels. The Bronson feels really supple and secure through choppy technical sections, and also really stable when the pace picks up. It really responds well to rider input and loves to be dropped down into berms. This bike isn't going to win any awards for climbing but it definitely gets the job done without too much suffering.

Final Takeaway: if you want a bike that descends like a dream and will get you up the hill when you need it to, this is a solid 27.5 option.

I am 6'3 with a 32in inseam and I felt really good on the size Large.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike is FUN. It's stiff and responsive, but doesn't end up being too harsh, the RDO carbon gives an excellent mix of stiffness and compliance. I rode this bike with an Ultegra drivetrain set up and would definitely recommend building it out with the same one. If you want to find yourself on the "roads" less traveled and also HAUL this is the bike for you.

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