The Road Warrior
Man, I can barely afford it, but really want it. I might order it tomorrow, unless some of you convince me to keep my HT (Redline) 29er. So go ahead, talk me into or out of the Tallboy. I dare you
Menzo said:I owned and really enjoyed riding a Tallboy from July to November 2010. However I sold it after a test ride on the new version of the Jet 9. I think the Tallboy is the best carbon FS 29er available (I'm not including the carbon Epic that is in another category according to me because of its Brain technology). I can say absolutely nothing negative about the Tallboy. It is worth every dollar. Well maybe the anti-squat feedback I didn't like when pedaling in the granny gear but that is minor. Although the carbon layout of the Tallboy is amazingly stout, and I heard none cracked, when I was riding in rocks gardens, I tried hard but I couldn't overcome the fear to crash and crack the frame and have to pay for a crash replacement. That fear made me slower on the trails, which is no good at all. An aluminium bike will likely dent, bend, scratch but **usually* will not suddenly break like carbon. That fact gives me some peace of mind when riding in rocks, especially when racing. The other issue was that even though the Jet is a full 1.2 pound heavier, I didn't notice the weight difference. It is snappy like the Tallboy, stiff like the Tallboy, plush like the Tallboy and agile like the Tallboy. Namely the Jet is as good as the Tallboy and personally I prefer the CVA suspension because there is no anti-squat. Moreover there was (still available?) a huge discount on the Jet ($1299). So I just decided to sell the Tallboy and use the extra money to get new parts (180mm cranks + Rotor Q-rings).
So, yes I'm talking you out of the Tallboy. If you really want a FS 29er, don't pay +/- $2400 for a Tallboy but get a Jet 9 for +/- $1300 and buy light parts (hint : a light wheelset) with the extra $1100. Believe me, if you'd ride a Jet and a Tallboy back to back you could hardly tell which one is better. Both have virtual pivots, both have a 2 years warranty, both have short chainstays and well thought geometry and design. One is super light, the other "just" light. One has fairly better price…
My humble and unbiased opinion based on a real test ride.