Suspension setup was easy and damping control was simple yet reliable, with a vast array of adjustability, from pogo-stick quickly to molasses slow. Improvements? Extra powerful brakes would have been nice. The Elixir Fives are powerful for trail brakes, yet not sufficient for downhill gears.
Long as well as reduced, the Pulse pled to be uncorked. The energetic rear end fed on every little thing in its course and also made rock gardens its bitch. At 40-plus pounds, it's a lot of light weight aluminum to muscle around, and our testers noted that it felt unresponsive at slower rates, got bogged down in level sections and also was challenging to obtain off the ground. The price, components as well as efficiency outweigh the heft.
The vehicle industry uses the term 'halo cars and truck' to describe a pinnacle design that might offer in smaller sized numbers, but showcases the brand's capacities. The V10C is something of a halo bike for Santa Cruz.
The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, however the chainstays are a short 432 millimeters, which permits you to commit to the front wheel more than numerous bikes, as well as it still really feels receptive. We did question the high standover. Such crotch touching is a regular quality of GT bikes that we want would transform.
A couple of laps on the Bettor and my arms would begin to burn out. A few more as well as I would certainly be ready to call it gives up for the day. The bike's center of mass is low and also main (an excellent point), but there's just a lot of mass to this bike. Plus, due to the fact that the bike really feels so spirited and wants to go-hard/go-sideways/keep-going, you wind up discovering its mass. You begin to get comfortable, you start to press the bike hard then you begin getting worn down.
The Gambler is adjustable and we did experiment with the setups to find an equilibrium. The two modifications either make the bottom brace higher or reduced and the back side much shorter or longer; they don't extend the reach of the bike, which is what we truly wanted. Our trial design didn't included the required flexible headset cups that retail variations do, something that we would certainly have enjoyed fettling with to steepen the headangle a touch without changing the bottom bracket or bar elevation (things that take place if you flip the chip on the shock install or readjust the quantity of stanchion in the fork crowns).