April 23, 2007
I previously owned a Santa Cruz Superlight with a Rock-Shox Psylo U-turn fork. I love this bike. If there is pedal bob, I never notice it. With Fox Vanilla (with lockout) in the front is super responsive. Eats the small and the big stuff. With adjustable travel in the rear as well as the front it is totally tunable. I rarely adjust the rear travel but have on occassion. It also have Rapid Rise XT in the rear. It will shift under relatively heavey load even uphill. The rear shock is a Fox Vanilla with lockout.
Although the rear shock is great, the lockout is hard to get to. If you have a water bottle cage on it is even harder to get to. A remote might be the answer for some. The bike performs so well on uphills, you don't need to lock it out. Also, Rapid Rise isn't for everyone. It is touchy when shifting to a higher gear say on a downhill.
Overall I highly recommend this bike. Most riders with have to adjust to shifting in reverse. Although upshifting is touchy, with practice it is nice to upshift 3 gears at once with easy. It is one of the most capable climbers I have ever riden. Both front and rear shocks are adjustble for travel, compression and rebound. Along with a light, handmade, aluminum frame you can't beat it.