Describing the Talon 29 and why it was chosen, Bicycling test editor Bobby Lea wrote: “This hardtail is an excellent choice for both dirt-curious riders wanting to explore singletrack and active riders who want to try racing.”
Editors praised the Talon 29’s lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame, 100mm suspension fork and tubeless-ready wheels, calling it “a great mix of performance, value, and practicality.”
Lea continued: “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.”
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