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Rooted in the fertile grounds of the mountain bike paradise that is their namesake, Santa Cruz makes some of the world's most sought-after mountain bikes. Their perfect blend of quality, durability, and maximum performance applies to a line of over 20 models from cutting edge World Cup-winning race bikes, to all-day adventure trail bikes, and even affordable workhorse models that stand up to extreme abuse ride after ride.

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Santa Cruz 5010 CC X01
$6,599.00 - $8,599.99
Let the trail be your guide on the 5010 Carbon CC from Santa Cruz. The 5010 is built for all-day backcountry adventures with 130mm of VPP travel, a short rear-end, and low bottom bracket that come together to create a playful trail bike that isn't afraid to traverse the unknown. The 67-degree head angle and longer front-center offer precise steering control on fast descents, and a lower bottom bracket height lets you climb and change course with mountain goat agility. The XO1 build features light and snappy components from SRAM, including a 1x Eagle drivetrain for the ultimate in mountain bike simplicity, and a Fox Float Performance Elite shock and Fox 34 Float Performance Elite fork enable confidence when ripping through tight, rocky singletrack. For the 5010 CC, Santa Cruz used a slightly more expensive carbon fiber to reduce frame weight by half a pound, and with the optioned ENVE carbon wheelset you're looking at 27.1 pounds of riotous mountain bike fun.
Santa Cruz Bronson 2.0 CC X01
$6,599.00 - $8,599.99
What can't you do on a Bronson? You can’t give in, because going hard richens the reward. Every drop of sweat, every speck of mud on your face, every battle scar—it all shows your dedication to giving it your best on every ride. Bronson satisfies the need to roam with 150mm of revamped VPP travel that creams crusty sections of trail while retaining a lively, playful feel throughout the travel stroke. The new link design and Boost axle spacing enhance lateral stiffness, while shortened rear chain stays, a longer front-center, and steeper seat tube angle offer increased maneuverability and pedaling efficiency for all-day, all-terrain jaunts in the backcountry. A RockShox Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 shock keep the tires planted when you need them, and SRAM Guide RSC brakes paired with 180mm rotors provide plenty of stopping power on point-and-shoot descents. The X01 build takes you into the 12-speed realm of SRAM Eagle power transmission with the promising X1 Eagle carbon cranks and X01 Eagle derailleur. For the Bronson CC, Santa Cruz used a slightly more expensive carbon fiber to reduce frame weight by 280 grams, and with the optioned carbon ENVE wheelset this light heavyweight tips the scales at under 28 pounds.
Santa Cruz Hightower CC X01
$6,599.99 - $8,599.99
With 135mm of Santa Cruz' proven VPP suspension design and a slacked-out 67-degree head angle, the Hightower shifts the 29er paradigm toward aggressive trail bike standards. Short chainstays and a spacious cockpit ramp-up the fun when railing technical descents and put you in a powerful position for blazing uphill battles. Santa Cruz didn't stop with simple updates in frame design to up this big-wheeler's appeal, though. Adding Boost hub spacing and a clever high/low chip that alters the bike's bottom bracket height allows you to run the stock 29er wheelset or change to 27.5+ for extra float and traction in sketchy conditions. Bike handling characteristics remain optimized no matter which wheel size you choose thanks to a flip of the chip. The Hightower Carbon CC X01 comes equipped with a RockShox Pike 29 RCT3 140mm fork, Monarch RT3 shock, and SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain for uncompromising performance no matter where you ride. For the Carbon CC frame, Santa Cruz used a slightly higher priced carbon to reduce frame weight by 230 grams.
Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01
$6,599.00 - $8,599.00
What can't you do on a Bronson? You can’t give in, because going hard richens the reward. Every drop of sweat, every speck of mud on your face, every battle scar—it all shows your dedication to giving it your best on every ride. Bronson satisfies the need to roam with 150mm of revamped VPP travel that creams crusty sections of trail while retaining a lively, playful feel throughout the travel stroke. The new link design and Boost axle spacing enhance lateral stiffness, while shortened rear chain stays, a longer front-center, and steeper seat tube angle offer increased maneuverability and pedaling efficiency for all-day, all-terrain jaunts in the backcountry. A RockShox Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 shock keep the tires planted when you need them, and SRAM Guide RSC brakes paired with 180mm rotors provide plenty of stopping power on point-and-shoot descents. The X01 build takes you into the 12-speed realm of SRAM Eagle power transmission with the promising X1 Eagle carbon cranks and X01 Eagle derailleur. For the Bronson CC, Santa Cruz used a slightly more expensive carbon fiber to reduce frame weight by 280 grams, and with the optioned carbon ENVE wheelset this light heavyweight tips the scales at under 28 pounds.
Santa Cruz Nomad 4.0 CC XO1 Reserve 27.5
$8,399.99
The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope of how DH a bike can get while still remaining usable on most trails. With each iteration Santa Cruz nudges the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and each time riders are surprised at just how completely rideable the end result remains. The fourth generation design sees a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. This is the first time that learnings from years of V10 development have translated across to one of their trail bikes. The shock rate is now almost completely linear—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, a supportive midstroke and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike. To keep the gravity vibe going we've ensured the Nomad can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units to suit any preference. Full shock compatibility creates challenges when trying to cram everything into the precious bottom bracket area. But the continued evolution of Santa Cruz's carbon tech means they're able to create a svelt, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that's as much art as it is engineering. They even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. Think of the high setting as "regular", the way the bike's mostly meant to be ridden, and the low setting as being closer to full on DH status. To handle all this new-found capability the geometry has been adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung than ever to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything. The whole package is crowned with a raft of subtle yet essential details. Bolt-on downtube protectors and shuttle guards act as a helmet for your frame—a replaceable front line against abuse. An integrated shock fender has also been added to keep crud out of the suspension.
Santa Cruz 5010 2.1 CC XO1 Reserve
$7,999.99
A laser sharp, agile backcountry trail whip that corners on rails and loves to pop and jib, the 5010 is a bike handler's dream. As at home on a backcountry mission with Steve Peat as it is hopping fences with Danny MacAskill, the 130mm-travel 5010 sports a short chainstay length and low BB height for a uniquely playful character with an insatiable appetite for negotiating steep, technical climbs. When it’s time to descend, the bike’s 67-degree head tube angle, and generous reach/short stem combo equate to precise, confident handling. The top-tube-mounted, box-section upper link is a leap forward in durability and stiffness, and the lower link rests cleanly out of the way, dramatically improving clearance and minimizing rock strikes. Bike choice can be a numbers game, but if your game is conquering epic trails then 5010 is the only number you need know.
Santa Cruz Bronson 2.1 CC XO1 Reserve 27.5
$7,999.99
When Santa Cruz introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat. The most visible upgrade is the completely new VPP® link arrangement. The lower link tucks neatly above the bottom bracket, fully-recessed and protected from impacts. Meanwhile the box-section upper link now mounts cleanly to the top tube and enhances lateral stiffness as a result. Shock rate’s been refined in the process too, delivering greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke. Geometry has also evolved subtly to meet demand from riders for a bike of this ilk. The seat tube angle’s been steepened, placing the rider right above the cranks and perfectly in position to lay down the power. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create an evermore rally-ready geometry than its predecessor.
Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC X01 - Reserve
$7,999.99
Hightower LT is the race-bred offspring of the ever-popular Hightower. With 6” of wheel travel and big, fast 29” wheels, the LT brings a new level of high speed brawn to the Santa Cruz lineup.
Santa Cruz 5010 CC Chris King 40th Anniversary Edition
$7,499.95 - $7,999.95 $8,999.99 Up To 11% Savings
To help celebrate Chris King Precision Components’ 40th anniversary, Santa Cruz Bicycles is offering a limited run of its 5010 CC—the company’s five-inch-travel, 27.5-inch-wheel trail bike—with special spec and finish. Only 40 will be made. Chris King’s components are featured heavily, of course, with a headset, bottom bracket, and hubs, all decked out in a sweet '40th-anniversary olive green' color and celebratory graphics. The rest of the build is based on Santa Cruz’s XX1 build: SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Guide brakes, RockShox Pike 130mm-travel fork and Reverb dropper post, Fox Float DPS shock, Race Face NEXT cranks, Easton ARC 24 rims, and WTB saddle.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 XX1 29
$7,799.99
The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape. As a 27+ bike it revels in the severe. In desert-dry conditions the wider tires float above the dust and find oases of grip where standard tires flounder. And when the monsoon comes, lower tire pressures pull the Tallboy through the slickest of root sections like a Defender on diff-lock. In its 29-inch form, the Tallboy’s renowned rowdy streak comes to the fore. Happy at full gas, up or down hill, the speed and agility of the 29 configuration will have you craving the trails. A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distills the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy bang up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range. A flip chip on the upper link, combined with either a 130mm fork (for 27+) or 120mm fork (for 29-inch), ensures geometry remains consistent across a vast range of build kits and sizes, from S to XXL. The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack. This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
Santa Cruz Bronson 1.0 CC XTR AM
$7,299.95 $8,599.99 15% Savings
Santa Cruz's Bronson CC is a trail action hero thanks to stellar VPP suspension, a mega strong, super light monocoque carbon frame, and a healthy dose of swagger. With efficient, yet playful 27.5-inch wheels getting you stoked on speed, the Bronson CC is burly enough for the big hits and svelte enough to make your XC-focused buddies nervous on the climbs. It's got ISCG05 tabs for the chainguide inclined, not to mention 142mm rear hub spacing for lateral stiffness that lets you dive into corners confidently. Complete with a 67-degree head angle and internal or external routing for dropper posts, the Bronson CC has everything you need to take enduro podiums and put your buddies to shame.
Santa Cruz Hightower 1.0 CC 27.5+ XX1
$6,999.95 $7,799.99 10% Savings
An all new platform from Santa Cruz, the Hightower is a big, versatile, awesome all-mountain rig intended for all day fun. It is designed around versatility, switching between 27.5+ and 29" wheel sizes in a matter of moments. Finally, the bike of your dreams can be built to be whatever type of all-mountain bike you truly desire. Close in geometry to Santa Cruz's Bronson, the Hightower gets slacker geometry, a low bottom bracket and shorter chain stays to fit in well with modern big-travel Trail and AM bikes. With 135mm of Virtual Pivot Point travel, the Hightower is all the bike you'll need to conquer any trail. One frame for both wheel: You just swap out the wheels and fork and flip the “Toggle Chip” on the suspension linkage and you’ll be able to fit either wheel. Changing the fork and the Chip does affect the geo, allowing for the best possible position regardless of which wheel you use.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3.0 CC XX1
$6,999.95 $7,799.99 10% Savings
Santa Cruz's Tallboy 3.0 XX1 cuts a wide swathe through the world of trail bikes, leaving conquered singletrack and lesser bikes in its wake. A tapered head tube combined with Santa Cruz's CC-carbon lay-up make this ripper gloriously stiff, impressively light and ready to take a thrashing. Short chainstays and wheelbase make it quick and nimble, and the proven 110mm of VPP suspension with Fox components delivers phenomenal traction, whether you're scaling techy climbs or blasting down hill. 29-inch wheels bring out the Tallboy's rowdy side, with a griptastic Maxxis Minion up front and a drift-happy Maxxis Ardent bringing up the rear. And it all rolls on either Easton ARC rims or a pair of ENVE's awesome carbon rims with Industry Nine Torch hubs. SRAM's XX1 drivetrain is just the ticket for all-out, high-speed trail fun, with lightning fast shifts and stripped down weight. And Santa Cruz didn't forget the details: a Santa Cruz carbon handlebar, Easton Haven stem, and WTB saddle keep those contact points happy, and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post lets you get down and dirty.
Santa Cruz Hightower
$6,879.99
Comrade Hightower.
Santa Cruz Highball 29 CC X01
$4,799.99 - $6,799.99
When it's time to blast through miles of singletrack, nothing beats the quick, lively feel of Santa Cruz's Highball hardtail. Santa Cruz has been at it for years with the Highball, and with modernized geometry this version rips better than ever. In keeping with today's preference for running a short stem and wide handlebar, Santa Cruz lengthened the front end to preserve an efficient pedaling position, and they trimmed the rear to increase agility. The result is a cross country trail slayer that's easy to lift over obstacles and whip through tight turns, ultimately making you a faster rider. Internal cable routing with hassle-free guides keeps the Carbon CC frame looking smart, and a slimmer seatpost offers a touch more compliance that you'll appreciate on epic rides. The Highball 29 CC X01 takes you to a new level of riding with SRAM's Eagle X01 drivetrain and Level TLM brakes. A RockShox SID RLC 100mm fork shaves weight and offers precise tuning capability for the ultimate in XC bump absorption.
Santa Cruz Hightower CC XO1 27+
$6,799.99
Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon. Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world. So the big question, 27.5+ or 29? 29 If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to the new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands. 27.5+ When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the fray, rail the soft spots, and carry momentum where standard tires bog down. No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*. Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration. Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details. 135mm of VPP travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up. The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there. *Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.
Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC XTR
$6,649.99
This CC-level carbon Highball has been trimmed, optimized, and strengthened to provide the very best performance they could engineer into a hardtail, and does so at a fighting weight that's about 280 grams less than the C-level Highball. Since Santa Cruz had a mostly-blank slate for the 27.5-inch bike, they spent a lot of time getting everything dialed. They found that the 69-degree head angle strikes the right balance of quick handling and stability, and won’t wander on you when you’re climbing. That, combined with the short chainstays and smaller wheels, makes the bike playful, without being as gravity-oriented as the Chameleon. The carbon layup changed a bit, too, particularly in the seat stays and seat tube, and they reduced the seat post size to 27.2mm, which adds some compliance you’ll appreciate when you’re 80 miles in to a 100-mile race. All the cables route internally, now, but that doesn’t mean multiple obscenity-laden nights in the garage to get it set up. Everything has either a tunnel or an easy-to-route cable guide to make it as hassle-free as possible.
Santa Cruz Juliana Furtado 2.0 CC XO1
$6,599.99
The 2017 Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike carries over 2016's geometry changes with a longer, lower, and slacker profile than the 1.0 Furtado that pushes the boundaries of its trail bike categorization. This Furtado gets dressed up in SRAM's revolutionary X01 Eagle one-by 12-speed drivetrain and huge accompanying gear range, a dropper post, and smooth-spinning Easton ARC 24 wheels to take on almost any terrain. The X01 Eagle drivetrain jumps ahead of industry tradition with its revolutionary 12-speed cassette. In a nutshell, Eagle lets you have the standard 10-42t 11-cog cassette you've grown to love in your old one-by 11-speed setup and introduces a massive 50t bailout cog that'll save your legs on steep, lung-crushing climbs that normally would have you pleading for an extra gear or two to magically fall from the sky.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 CC X01 27+
$6,499.99
The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail-bike landscape. A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distill the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy right up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range. A flip chip on the upper link, combined with either a 130mm fork (for 27.5+) or 120mm fork (for 29-inch), ensures geometry remains consistent across a vast range of build kits and sizes, from S to XXL. The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders… the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 CC X01 29
$6,499.99
The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape. As a 27+ bike it revels in the severe. In desert-dry conditions the wider tires float above the dust and find oases of grip where standard tires flounder. And when the monsoon comes, lower tire pressures pull the Tallboy through the slickest of root sections like a Defender on diff-lock. In its 29-inch form, the Tallboy’s renowned rowdy streak comes to the fore. Happy at full gas, up or down hill, the speed and agility of the 29 configuration will have you begging for more dirt daily. A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distills the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy bang up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range. A flip chip on the upper link, combined with either a 130mm fork (for 27+) or 120mm fork (for 29-inch), ensures geometry remains consistent across a vast range of build kits and sizes, from S to XXL. The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack. This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
Santa Cruz Highball 2.0 CC XO1 Reserve 29
$5,999.99
Built around a 100mm travel fork, the Highball is a hardcore XC bootcamper that's designed to last. This sharp-handling hardtail has zero tolerance for waste, putting your power straight to the drivetrain. If you're looking for a race rig to last you season after season, the Highball is just the ticket. Sporting an aggressive head tube angle, the Highball handles quickly, yet feels stable. It climbs like nobody's business while its roomy cockpit gives you space to maneuver on descents and technical sections. The Highball is unapologetically fast, surprisingly fun, and every bit a Santa Cruz mountain bike.
Santa Cruz V10 C
$5,699.99 - $5,904.99
When you're building a race bike, why not work with some of the best racers out there? Santa Cruz worked with the Santa Cruz Syndicate to wring the full potential out of the V10. Did it work? We'll let the World Cup title and World Champs medal speak for themselves. The V10 C puts all that tuning into a frame crafted with a sightly less expensive C-level carbon. It's got all the stiffness, durability and strength as the World Cup trouncing CC-carbon frame, with just a 280 gram weigh increase. Not too shabby. Drawing from feedback from Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland, the V10 features 216mm of travel with two adjustable geometry positions. The shock rate has been tuned for consistent damping when you're blasting through the rocks at Ft. William or your local track, and the carbon layup has been optimized to withstand Ratboy's tendency to launch to flat. Everything rolls on 27.5 wheels for the ultimate balance in speed, handling, and course-dominating awesomeness. The V10 C—World Cup performance for the privateer.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3.0 CC X01
$5,799.95 $6,499.99 11% Savings
There's fast, and then there's Santa Cruz's Tallboy 3.0 CC. Built to rip trails and race courses with such speed and power that your competition doesn't stand a chance. A tapered head tube combined with Santa Cruz's CC-carbon lay-up makes this versatile trail bike gloriously stiff, impressively light and ready to take a thrashing. Short chainstays and wheelbase make it quick and nimble, and the proven 110mm of VPP suspension with Fox components delivers phenomenal traction, whether you're scaling techy climbs or blasting down hill. 29-inch wheels bring out the Tallboy's rowdy side, with a griptastic Maxxis Minion up front and a drift-happy Ardent bringing up the rear. And it all rolls on either Easton ARC rims with DT Swiss hubs or a pair of bomber ENVE carbon rims laced to Industry Nine Torch hubs. SRAM's X01 11-speed drivetrain is sleek, stripped down, and will have you flying at full gas. And Santa Cruz didn't forget the details: a Santa Cruz carbon handlebar, Race Face stem, and WTB saddle keep those contact points happy, while a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post lets you get loose and rowdy.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3.0 CC X01+
$5,799.95 $6,499.99 11% Savings
There's fast, and then there's Santa Cruz's Tallboy 3.0 CC. Built to roll fast and loose, with handling that ensures your competition doesn't stand a chance. A tapered head tube combined with Santa Cruz's CC-carbon lay-up makes this versatile trail bike gloriously stiff, impressively light, and ready to take a thrashing. Short chainstays and wheelbase make it quick and nimble, and the proven 110mm of VPP suspension with Fox components delivers phenomenal traction, whether you're scaling a techy climb or blasting downhill. Fat 27.5-plus Maxxis tires revel in the worst trail conditions you can find, with extra width for extra traction. And it all rolls on Easton ARC rims and DT Swiss hubs, a combo that's long on durability. SRAM's X01 11-speed drivetrain is sleek, stripped down, and will have you flying at full gas. A Santa Cruz carbon handlebar, Raceface stem, and WTB saddle keep those contact points happy, and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post lets you get behind the saddle on descents.
Santa Cruz Juliana Strega C S 27.5
$5,299.99
The Strega reaches deep into the darkest corners of women’s mountain biking at the highest level. It is a bike without an equal in the market, because few dare to tread where this outsider plays. More agile and versatile than a Santa Cruz V10, more composed at speed and on steeps than a Roubion, the Strega launches straight into the no- woman’s land of a 170mm travel bike. The lower-link mounted shock creates the most progressive VPP platform in the Juliana line-up. That means there’s a consistent feel throughout the shock stroke... the kind of feel you’d expect from a DH bike. And even with a gravity oriented 65 degree head angle, Strega’s geometry still delivers a ride that’s as spellbinding on big trail days as as it is on big park days. Santa Cruz's trademark attention to detail can be found all over the Strega, too—including suspension tuned appropriately for the anticipated rider, crazy low standover heights, and frame size-specific dropper posts. Juliana is founded upon a drive to meet the demands of the most committed female outdoor athletes. We’re not afraid to see where that leads us, and the Strega proves that sentiment. It may be the most niche bike we’ve ever produced, but those who know, know that the wickedest of good times lie out there on the fringes.
Santa Cruz Nomad 4.0 C S 27.5
$5,299.99
The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope of how DH a bike can get while still remaining usable on most trails. With each iteration Santa Cruz nudges the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and each time riders are surprised at just how completely rideable the end result remains. The fourth generation design sees a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. This is the first time that learnings from years of V10 development have translated across to one of their trail bikes. The shock rate is now almost completely linear—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, a supportive midstroke and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike. To keep the gravity vibe going we've ensured the Nomad can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units to suit any preference. Full shock compatibility creates challenges when trying to cram everything into the precious bottom bracket area. But the continued evolution of Santa Cruz's carbon tech means they're able to create a svelt, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that's as much art as it is engineering. They even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. Think of the high setting as "regular", the way the bike's mostly meant to be ridden, and the low setting as being closer to full on DH status. To handle all this new-found capability the geometry has been adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung than ever to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything. The whole package is crowned with a raft of subtle yet essential details. Bolt-on downtube protectors and shuttle guards act as a helmet for your frame—a replaceable front line against abuse. An integrated shock fender has also been added to keep crud out of the suspension.
Santa Cruz Nomad CC X01
$4,999.95 $6,699.99 25% Savings
Ready to slash your way down the rough-and-tumble on a secret shuttle ride? The Nomad’s aggressive 65-degree head angle delivers V10 handling at Syndicate speeds. The Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon CC was created to satisfy the hard-charging, all-or-nothing rider who lives for gravity-fueled runs. With 170mm of VPP suspension, a slack head angle, and 27.5-inch wheels, the Nomad offers a plush ride coupled with muscled agility for sight-blurring blazes down big, technical descents. The revised geometry creates more room in the cockpit while shortening the rear end, and the steeper seat tube angle tames uphill battles on rangy adventures. The X01 build steps-up performance with a RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork, Guide RSC brakes, and SRAM Eagle 12-speed transmission. For extra weight savings, snag the optional ENVE carbon wheelset and revel in sub-30 pound enduro rig goodness.
Santa Cruz Bronson 2.1 C S 27.5
$4,899.99
When Santa Cruz introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat. The most visible upgrade is the completely new VPP® link arrangement. The lower link tucks neatly above the bottom bracket, fully-recessed and protected from impacts. Meanwhile the box-section upper link now mounts cleanly to the top tube and enhances lateral stiffness as a result. Shock rate’s been refined in the process too, delivering greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke. Geometry has also evolved subtly to meet demand from riders for a bike of this ilk. The seat tube angle’s been steepened, placing the rider right above the cranks and perfectly in position to lay down the power. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create an evermore rally-ready geometry than its predecessor.
Santa Cruz Hightower C S 27+
$4,899.99
Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon. Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world. So the big question, 27.5+ or 29? 29 If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to the new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands. 27.5+ When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the fray, rail the soft spots, and carry momentum where standard tires bog down. No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*. Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration. Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details. 135mm of VPP travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up. The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there. *Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.
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