Raleigh Talus 29 Carbon Elite 29er Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: Direct Connect Carbon, Kevlar Reinforced Tapered Headtube, Internal Cable Routing
  • Fork: Fox F29 RL 100mm w/15mm Thru Axle, Tapered Steerer
  • Cranks: Shimano FCM552, 2pc, 24/32/42t 10spd
  • Tires: Geax AKA 29x2.2
  • Handlebar: Avenir 200 Series 31.8, 15mm Rise
  • Seatpost: Avenir 200 Series 27.2x400mm

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Apr 20, 2012]
    K.C. Schaeffer
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Moderately Light and stiff frame with excellent geometry for a tall rider looking for a more aggressive riding position on the bike. Slack head tube angle is good for steeper decents and trail riding. Looks cool (personnel preference). Internal cable routing and rear brake caliper located in the rear traingle looks very clean. 15mm axle fork is huge upfrade over q/r axle on my previous bike.

    Weakness:

    The components are a little weak for this price point. Wheels are OK but on the heavy side. Slacker head tube angle mentioned above, causes the front end to be a little loose on the climbs (can't have everything). Rear tire clearance could be better. Bottom bracket height could be 1/2" to an 1" higher to better support the use of 180mm cranks.

    I recently purchased this bike and have only ridden it a few times, but so far am pleased with the overall bike. The frame is the same as the higher end pro model, but at a much lower price point. I swapped out many of the original components that came with the bike with higher end components I had on another bike, which brought the weight down to a respectible 24-25lbs on a XL size frame. I am a taller rider 6'4" and had trouble finding an xl frame with a short head tube, as I prefer a more aggressive riding position. In addition the shorter head tube gives more options for stem and riser handlebar selection. I will update my review as I get more rides on it.

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