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2014 Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon XX1 AM 27.5 with ENVE Wheels

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.

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Day of the Jackal

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 →

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Bike editor’s 2013 Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc

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 →

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Santa Cruz Bantam

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 →

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