Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1994 in Santa Cruz, California, in an old cannery. The first bike - the Tazmon - was an innovative fully with aluminium frame and 80mm travel. At that time, full-suspension MTBs were anything but the norm. Since then, Santa Cruz has been building high-end mountain bikes that allow riders to continue riding faster and higher. » Read more
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Today Santa Cruz produces high-performance bikes for real bike enthusiasts. Whether aluminium or carbon, everything is available here: from the hardtail to the 200mm downhill machine. All full-suspension bikes are equipped with the patented Virtual Pivot Point Technology. With the aid of a small lever behind the bottom bracket, the position of the swing arm pivot changes over the spring travel range. The chain tension pushes the VPP frame upwards and counteracts the unwanted downward movement caused by pedaling. The shock absorber does not react to the influence of the pedals and the annoying swinging up is effectively prevented: for efficient climbing and acceleration with sensitive response. The VPP system offers great design flexibility and allows Santa Cruz to adjust the shock absorber rates to the intended purpose and character of each model. To simplify maintenance and ensure a long service life, the VPP rotary axes are equipped with large angular contact ball bearings and the link features a grease lubrication nipple - quite unique in the bicycle industry.
Highlights from the Santa Cruz range are the 5010, a light and lively trail bike and Danny MacAskill's bike of choice. Fast flow trails, rocky trial passages, the local 4Cross track or adventurous rides - the 5010 can do it all.
The Tallboy blurs the boundaries between cross country and trail. The Trailbike climbs almost as well as an XC bike, but proves its true strengths especially downhill.
A Hardtail which is called Chameleon probably does not need much explaining. Here hides a true quick-change artist. Today 29", tomorrow 27.5"? Gears or single speed? No problem and still not everything: It also offers the possibility to vary the chain stay length by 15mm.
If you prefer rough terrain, you can hop on the Nomad, which truly has a place of honour among the noble high-end enduro bikes. Despite more travel and more extreme geometry, which together redefine the limits of the rideable, the Nomad remains a universally applicable all-rounder.
Probably the most versatile bike in the Santa Cruz portfolio is the Bronson, which, uphill as well as downhill, has balanced riding characteristics. No matter if long distances on the home trail or in the bike park - the Bronson feels at home everywhere.
Of course, a worthy cyclocross bike should not be missing in the line-up of the off-road premium smithy. The Stigmata Crosser with carbon frame invites you to ride at full speed on forest and gravel roads. Light, stiff, but still with noticeable comfort on rough roads.