In many ways, this is a different bike than the other bikes I've tested today. The Rallon is clearly oriented toward downhills and it shows
Climbing - 2 stars
Even at 5 pounds heavier than many of the other bikes I rode today, the Rallon was not a bad climber. The Rallon was a better climber than the Stumperjumper Evo 27.5 which I had maligned in an earlier review.
Descending - 5+ stars
I give the Rallon 5+ stars because it really is in a totally different league for descending than the other bikes I tested. When the trail turns downhill, the Ralllon comes alive and feels super confident in a way that none of the other bikes I rode today could match.
Cornering - 4 stars
Cornering on the Rallon could not be described as nimble, but it was super solid in feel.
Summary: The Rallon is a great bike for those willing to compromise climbing performance for a rock-solid descending feel.
5 stars - Absolutely outstanding
3 stars - Solid performance, meets expectations
1 star - Misses expectations by a wide margin