Bicycling Test Editor Bobby Lea, a former pro racer, claimed the Talon 29 is ready to be ridden hard.
“This bike is a great mix of performance, value, and practicality,” Lea wrote. “On paper you’ll see it has the chops to be a hard-charging, aggressive XC bike. A steep 73.5-degree seat angle helps you keep power on the pedals and maintain traction on steep climbs. I didn’t take it easy on this bike—I pushed it through some of the roughest and rockiest trails we have around the Bicycling office. It responded beautifully.”
In a sidebar to the story, Bicycling pointed out "5 things we love" about the Talon 29, which included its 2x9 drivetrain, internal cable routing, suspension fork, quick release levers and gear indicator.
For more, check out the full review on the Bicycling web site.
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