Last week in the box from Santa Cruz was the bike we had been waiting for, the LT Carbon, and a Driver 8. So now a week later and a lot of rides, as for once the Port Hills are open for business, what we think! The only difference from the alloy LT model is the material, weight and stiffness………..yeah right!
Immediately rolling along the road you notice the smoothness of the carbon frame. There is no “buzz” from the tyres through the frame. On the climb the extra stiffness is perceivable, and the weight helps too! on the singletrack the bike just wants to go, descending is sure footed and dampening property of the carbon makes you feel like the trail is smooth, it is a very quiet bike to ride. The new 2010 RP23 is also a big improvement on the previous version and feels a lot more active, we felt the old one was a bit sluggish. All up bike weighs 29lbs with a coil fork @140mm, XT based build. Overall a great bike, but what would you expect, now I’m waiting for a carbon Nomad, pleeeease……
Also now we have had some good rides on the Iodine wheels. While a little heavier than the SX Crossmax, they feel stiff to ride and climb on. Build quality looks good and so far no issues, and if orange isn’t your thing they will soon be available in grey/silver/
Bike is available for demo, if you want to see how fast, light and stiff an 5″ travel trail bike can be!