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    My Santa Cruz Surprise

    I've been spending the past year trying to decide what new bike to buy. For reasons I've gone into before, I can't make the purchase until June.

    After demo's on dirt of various rides and asking way too many annoying questions I pretty much determined that the TBLTc was the best choice for me.

    Last week the SC demo van came to eastern PA. I drove 2 hours to take one more ride on the LTc in conditions similar to my normal trails.

    First, I rode over an hour on my current Trance to warm up and get to know the park. Next came an hour on the LTc over the same route. I enjoyed it but there seemed to be something missing. "Tossability?" The LTc took the tight twisty turns a bit wider.

    I wanted to try the 5010 next but the large was out so I decided to ride the Bronson. I had the pre-conceived notion that it was more bike then I needed. I was so wrong! I absolutely fell in love. The 6" travel felt perfect. I had no climbing issue, it took the turns as well as my 26" and had me riding things I would normally avoid. The size of the smile I had indicated I had found "my" ride.

    Next I went out on the 5010 but could not find any reason not to go with Bronson which was hardly on my radar that morning.

    Now I just have to wait for the 2016 kit. The LBS I'm dealing with said to expect a new 1x11 in the SLX price range and, of course, the new Fox shock.

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    Congrats on finding one you love! It just goes to show that the specs on paper are not the end all be all of bike selection.

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    Thank you and I agree on written specs versus actual riding experience.

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    Looking forward to seeing photos of it when you get it delivered, built, and most importantly being ridden!

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    Sounds like the SC Demo truck did exactly what its supposed to do . . . .
    Alcohol may lead nowhere, but it sure is the scenic route!

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    I rode the TBLTc and the Bronson before I bought my Bronson. The Tallboy felt closer to my 2007 Blur LT, and thus more familiar. I had a hard time getting used to the Bronson at first. Second ride sold me.

    I have since jumped on a friend's TBLTa and I am very glad I chose the Bronson. The more I get used to it, the more it can do. Huge confidence boost on steep chunky stuff.

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    i think too many people just think the Bronson and Nomad are for nasty stuff only. theyre so wrong

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    That's one of the rewards of doing your research and investing on demo a bike, thumbs up!
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