Gregg's Cycles Guide to Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes
Santa Cruz manufactures a wide range of high-performance bicycles for true cycling enthusiasts. Made from either carbon fiber or aluminum, they cover everything from hardtails to 8.5" travel downhill machines. Santa Cruz carbon bikes are produced in their exclusive manufacturing facility, and utilize advanced VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) technology on all full-suspension models. Santa Cruz bikes are available with a wide range of component and suspension options to choose from, each hand-assembled to order in their California factory.
Santa Cruz 5010
A laser sharp, agile trail whip that turns on a dime and loves to pop and play. The 130mm-travel 5010 sports short chainstays and a low BB for a uniquely playful character and an insatiable appetite for negotiating steep, technical climbs. When it’s time to descend, the bike’s 66.2/66.5-degree head tube angle (adjusted via flip chip) and generous reach/short stem combo equate to precise, confident handling.
Santa Cruz Bronson
With 150mm of travel on 27.5-inch wheels, the Bronson continually rides the sharp edge between agility and stability. Ideal for negotiating tech-gnar one moment and fast flowing terrain the next, the 160mm fork travel and 65-degree head angle ensure handling remains refined. Meanwhile, the redesigned, one-piece swingarm keeps the rear wheel tracking on point however twisted you get.
Santa Cruz Nomad
The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope on how lawless a single-crown bike can get while still remaining a capable daily driver. The latest iteration nudged the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and we surprised ourselves at just how well-rounded it turned out. The fourth generation design saw a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. The shock rate is a short-travel version of the V10—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, supportive mid-stroke, and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike.
Santa Cruz Tallboy
The Tallboy muddles the line between XC and trail with 110mm of rear wheel travel, paired with a 120mm fork, and fast-rolling 29er wheels. With trial riding in it's pedigree, the Tallboy climbs almost as well as an XC bike, but shows its true colors when the trail turns downward. On paper, 110mm of travel might seem like it’ll get overwhelmed on technical trails, but nobody rides on paper. Its short-travel chassis gives it scalpel-like handling with a genuine all-around trail capability.
Santa Cruz Hightower
The Hightower brings versatility and brawn to the game while hitting a sweet spot for aggressive trail riding. It sports 135mm of rear travel, fast-rolling 29er wheels, and a 67-degree head angle. The Hightower gives you the extra bit of confidence to let off the brakes and let 'er rip through the rough stuff. It feels well-balanced in the air and corners like a champ. At the same time, it is has impeccable trail manners and pedals efficiently, so you won’t get that ‘too much bike’ feeling if you end up doing an extra lap or pushing your ride further into the hills.
Santa Cruz Hightower LT
Stretching its legs to a full 150mm of VPP travel, the Hightower LT was born to the meet demands of the Santa Cruz Enduro World Series Team and designed for maximum speed in big terrain. Matched with a 150mm fork, the 29in-wheeled LT is travelled-up and pared-down for pure performance. It rolls up its sleeves for high speed, big hit pedigree. From the Chilean Andes to the French Alps, across the pond to the Coastal Range of British Columbia and back to the seashore of Finale Ligure, this is the race-ready weapon that our enduro team choose for every contest on their globe-trotting quest for podiums (and good times).
Santa Cruz Megatower
Tracing its roots to the Hightower, and now featuring the lower link-driven VPP suspension derived from the V10, the Megatower is the most capable, confidence-inspiring 29er trail bike in our line-up. Megatower features 160mm of front and rear travel. The lower-link mounted shock configuration – designed for compatibility with both air and coil shocks – provides a progressive shock rate that has unmatched traction and bottom out resistance, making it ideal for taming the longest descents and rowdiest hits.