Santa Cruz Bicycles has revamped its popular Nomad all-mountain bike, incorporating a single-ring specific design, internal cable routing, 165 millimeters of VPP travel and a new compact lower link and a V10-style upper link, all built around 27.5-inch wheels. Continue Reading →
The 125mm travel Santa Cruz Solo – excuse us, Santa Cruz “5010” – entered the 2014 lineup as a smaller brother to the Bronson. Compared to the well-regarded Blur TRc, at first glance you’re sure to notice the new wheel size, but there’s much more to the story.
We have a Large 5010 Aluminum ($3299) as of Feb 24, so drop in and check it out.
Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company’s tried-and-true Blur LT. Continue Reading →
When Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland rolled into SC on their Jackals, Santa Cruz Bicycles rolled up in a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner to show them around.
Still using its original super-charged two-stroke straight-six Detroit Diesel power plant connected to a Spicer 4-speed manual transmission, the “Crazy Train” is the last running coach of ten, made for ferrying passengers from Union Pacific’s Los Angeles terminal in the fifties and sixties. Continue Reading →
I threw the 29er to the ground and stalked off into the woods. Godalmighty, I hated these things. Stupid-long rear centers, senile shopping cart handling up front and some kind of evil Gypsy curse against the whole breed of wagon wheelers that made performing the smallest of wheelies and manuals some kind of Herculean feat of strength.
I hated 29ers. It was that simple. Continue Reading →
Pinkbike just published their Gear Awards nominees, and 2 out of 3 Mountain Bike of the Year candidates come from Suck Creek vendors. Here’s what the pinkos had to say about these 2 incredible bikes: Continue Reading →
The Bantam follows the aggressive, shorter travel lead that started with the Blur 4X, and was carried through the TR and 5010.
Ride and handling: stiff, with low-slung cornering confidence
Riding the Bantam is a refreshingly simple experience. Pedal or brake hard and it lifts and stiffens slightly. Freewheel and lean back and the front comes up nicely for dropping and hopping. It’s not the cleverest way to interact with the trail, but is intuitive and communicative. The frame’s character makes it fun and involving. Continue Reading →
As ‘All-Mountain’ as you’re going to find in a multi-day MTB event, throughout this unique week-long journey, the full spectrum of riders’ technical mountain biking ability, fitness and craft is tested to the limit on some of the wildest bikeable terrain in Europe. Continue Reading →