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    2014 Tallboy vs. Scalpel

    So i've narrowed my bike search down to two rigs - A 2014 Santa Cruz Tallboy and a 2014 Cannondale Scalpel. Both would be aluminum. Both would be upgraded to Shimano XT components. I'm torn because, although it shouldn't matter a whole lot, I think the scalpel is a much better looking bike. The Tallboy, as ive heard, is almost the best in the business, and is a super badass bike. I'm also very skeptical of the lefty fork. Does anyone have any expert advice that could steer me in one way or another? Thanks!

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    Gravity hunter dminor's Avatar
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    I personally would take Santa Cruz over any Cannondale but that's the left coast rider prejudice in me I suppose. Tallboy in my mind would be second only to the inch-more travel Yeti SB95 or the 5½" Transition Covert 29.

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    I'm with Mr. Minor on this. Tallboy is a freak in the industry! Of course Cannondale has come back strong. Neither bike is a pig.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    What is you rriding style and terrain? The c-dale is a bawls out race bike Having ridden one it is fast smooth light just a nice bike but not forgiving for a cruise

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    I'd go with the Tallboy. I owned one and recently sold it for an Intense. The Tallboy has a great rear suspension and climbs very well but is comfortable for long rides.

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    Comparing a prostock drag car to a pro lite offroad truck.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
    Words and Stuff.

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    Building up a Tallboy this week and next. can't wait
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
    Comparing a prostock drag car to a pro lite offroad truck.
    ... but which one is which?

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