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Santa Cruz BicyclesMegatowerMegatower Carbon S Air Mountain Bike
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October 10, 2019
A Megaton of Fun
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Before riding this bike, I was apprehensive of how it would handle climbs and less gnarly trails. I was worried that this bike was going to be a one-trick pony and that anything less than steep, loose, and rocky terrain would feel dull. However shortly into my first ride, all my concerns were laid to rest. On climbs, the bike felt much lighter than it actually was and was not too much of an effort to drag up to the top of the trails. But this bike was not designed to be a climber. Quite the opposite. The reason you bought this bike quickly becomes apparent when you point it downhill, you want to go FAST! This bike made it so easy to just smash through everything in your path, and make it the bottom in the shortest amount of time possible. No need to carefully picking your way through rocky section, this bike handled it all like a champ. I found myself letting off the brakes more often because of how in-control I felt on the bike, and you didn't have to think twice about exploring new features on the trail. Overall, a real winner if you are one who prioritizes having fun and going very fast.
September 11, 2019
Wow wow wow! I am in love with this bike. With 160 travel, front and back, you can literally cruise at ease through almost anything. The rock garden you see in my picture is something I would normally struggle to ride all the way through without putting a foot down but the Megatower gave me the confidence to push all the way through. I rode this bike at three bike parks: Trestle, Keystone and Snowmass. Not only does this bike crush steep and technical descents, it jumps, corners fast and pedals well when needed. (I will be pedaling more with it in a few weeks and will update my review with that info. ) Summary (so far): If I could afford two bikes, I would own the Megatower and keep my Evil Following for the ultimate duo. Mega for the downhill days and Following for the trail days. Since I cannot afford two bikes, I might be settling on the Santa Cruz hightower or Evil Offering for their happy medium in all areas. UPDATE: I took the Megatower along on my adventure in the PNW. I pedaled at Tiger Mountain, Galbreath and some undisclosed locations. Although I was not setting PR's on the climbs, I was close to those records. I am not the fastest pedaler so if I were to buy this bike I would save weight and splurge on the CC model with Reserve wheels.
September 9, 2019
Needs to go fast
The Megatower is, as its name suggests, is a big burly enduro race bike. On the ascents, I was pleasantly surprised with the pedaling efficiency, I did tend to reach for that climbing switch on sustained efforts but for the short punch stuff fully open worked pretty well. The descents are where the Megatower really shines. This thing likes...nay...needs to go fast. It's not like it feels overly cumbersome or sluggish at slower speeds by any means, but it really comes alive when you take your fingers off the brakes and let errr rip. This bike is confidence-inspiring and keeps you glued to the ground through the roughest terrain. Naturally, the groundhuggy nature of this bike does leave some to be desired when it comes to playfulness. Pro's: Climbs surprisingly well (for what it is) Confident inspiring Bottomless suspension feel FAST Cons: Climbs like a long travel bike (yes pro and con) Not very playful
May 6, 2019
Big wheel fun
The Megatower, I know it seems that everyone I talk to is NOT in love with the name. They would tell me "I wouldn't buy that bike just based on the name". Well those people will be missing out! It will feel a bit laborous to get up the steep hill and you will wish for your XC bike for that climb. However once you have achieved the summit and the entire reason you purchased this or any long travel 29r for that matter will become apparaent. The Megatower effortlessly gobbles up the rocks, roots, drops and quite simply would roll over your grandma without a second thought. Whatever I will say about the climbing it's the exact opposite now. The Megatower will turn on the flat loose sand, blow out a berm and quite simply loves to go fast downhill. The front of the bike is confidence inspiring and it will feel you could huck it into almost anything and get away with it. Two wheel drifiting into a berm no biggy run it in there. I wasn't able to hit the bike park but did run it over a few jumps and in the air feels just as stable as it does on the ground. Now on to the big question should you buy this bike hmmmmmmm.... Let's take a look at the check list shall we. Racing Enduro - Love to smash the rocky and steep stuff - Doesn't care about the climb at all - Hitting the bike park and the trails - Just simply love saying MEGATOWER. If you answer yes to any of these it's the bike for you. Now I know most of you won't have access to all the bikes that we have to ride and test so it boils down to this. I have been out smahsing this bike for the last few days and have had a great time on it, even set a KOM on Strava with it! However when it came time for a 2 hour climb up a techy trail with rocky steep climbs, step ups and cliff edges all for a 10 minute descent well I left the Megatower at home and took my Ripmo. Pros: Incredibley Smooth Suspension Light feeling for such a big bike Able to run long droppers Cons: Not for slow tech / rocky climbs Climbing steep grades feels laboring Can't think of anything else I am 175 lbs 5'9" with a 32" inseam BIke ridden was size Large. Suspension settings Fork 70 PSI 3x 10cc Volume spacers (1x stock on Grip2) 4 click LSC 22 click HSC 4 click LSR 6 click HSR Shock 185 PSI OEM volume spacers 3 click R 5 click LSC Shock was run in the Low position and the wheels base was short.