Santa Cruz Unveils Carbon 29'er Hardtail

Jan 4, 2011 at 12:00
Jan 4, 2011
by Mike Levy  
 
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Santa Cruz used their 104 Bronson blog to take the covers off of their latest dream ride, a carbon fiber 29'er hardtail. Information is slim, but have a look inside to see more photos of their latest pony.

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Prototype Santa Cruz Carbon 29'er Hardtail


<span style='font-size:15px'>Let's hope that the matte finish makes it into production</span><br><br>While big travel steeds and All-Mountain sleds rule the roost around here, there's more to life than carbon downhill bikes and 6
Let's hope that the matte finish makes it into production

While big travel steeds and All-Mountain sleds rule the roost around here, there's more to life than carbon downhill bikes and 6" travel All-Mountain machines for the majority of riders around the world. In a strong effort to keep the masses happy, Santa Cruz has let slip their latest wonder bike. Nope, there is no rear shock or clever suspension linkage. Yes, it does use carbon fiber and 29 inch wheels. And no, we don't know what they've decided to name it yet. The bike pictured comes to the fight weighing 20lbs 9oz, mega light for a big wheeler. The frame is undoubtedly featherweight, but it's also helped along by selection of SRAM's top tier XX group, a Fox F29RLC fork, and ENVE's carbon clincher wheelset.
<span style='font-size:15px'>The unnamed bike looks to have short chainstays</span><br><br>The frame is said to use a tapered headtube up front and a standard threaded bottom bracket shell. Molded cable guides and stops, along with what looks like molded carbon International Standard brake mounts at the rear of the bike. No geometry numbers have been released at this point, but the bike looks to sport relatively short chainstays. It can be very cost prohibitive to change tooling for carbon frames so I'd expect the production bike to have very similar lines to this prototype version. Forecasted release date is said to be sometime this Spring.
The unnamed bike looks to have short chainstays

The frame is said to use a tapered headtube up front and a standard threaded bottom bracket shell. Molded cable guides and stops, along with what looks like molded carbon International Standard brake mounts at the rear of the bike. No geometry numbers have been released at this point, but the bike looks to sport relatively short chainstays. It can be very cost prohibitive to change tooling for carbon frames so I'd expect the production bike to have very similar lines to this prototype version. Forecasted release date is said to be sometime this Spring.

At this point there are more questions than answers... Will it be single speed compatible? It's no doubt going to be light, but the weenies will want to know how light? How many Tallboy owners have printed out these photos and tacked them to the wall?

Hardtail 29'ers may not be your cup of tea, and if that's the case, take the hate elsewhere. For those who are stoked, let the guessing game begin below!
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70 Comments

  • + 24
 Did I just look at a 29er and think to myself "nice bike"? ...............

Excited about Santa Cruz's carbon ventures, lookin good.
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  • + 13
 Looks beautiful even if you dont like 29ers! I want. Drool
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  • + 7
 such a beauty powerfull bike Smile
  • + 6
 It is. I'm pretty sure built like that it costs a fortune. Knowing Santa Cruz, the price of the frame only will be more than attractive.
  • + 1
 Im thinking the name will be something totally awesome!
  • + 1
 That's good...cause there's no way I can afford the tallboy.
  • + 1
 beefy rims but sooper light
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  • + 2
 Look at those lines...Can they PLEASE make a Carbon Jackal? Imagine, a Carbon DJ hardtail built to take on the abuse. Hell they have improved the strenght of the V10 by making its front triangle carbon. Go Santa Cruz! Make it and I will buy it!
  • - 3
 Indeed...they must never of thouhgt of a carbon v10. OH WAIT, they did.
  • + 3
 I know they did! I was refering to the fact that they were able to make the Carbon V10 stronger than the older aluminium version. Knowing this, I was merely wishing they could make a JACKAL, the hardtail jump frame, using carbon.
  • + 1
 A carbon Jackal would cost way too much money for the average jumper, and I don't think that it would be able to hold up to the abuse of dirt jumping. The rear end on the V.10C is aluminum, and also sports 8-10 inches of travel, helping to soften the blow when casing a jump or landing a drop. A hard tail doesn't have this luxury.
  • + 1
 The reason why the rear end of the V10 is Aluminum is to keep things snappy on the accelerations. I think carbon layered thick enough has the strenght to take big hits but also the flexibility to provide a confortable ride . THe problem I see with carbon is it is subject to failure upon impact...That could be fixed i guess. However I completely agree about the price and I only put it on here because I think carbon frame are very flowy and look the part. Maybe in the future, Carbon costs will go down and be as affordable as Aluminium or steel.
  • + 1
 Btw Seprah, not hating or picking a e-fight so I hope I did not sound too upfront or stupidly agressive in my previous post. Also your Jackal looks the bomb.
  • + 1
 No worries. I agree with you that carbon has a great feel, but I maintain that it wouldn't be able to hold up the kind of abuse that dirt jumpers subject their bikes to. The thing that makes cheap dirt jump frames great is that when they do get damaged, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to replace them.
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  • + 1
 whats with 29ers. I've ridden them and nothing special, poor turning radius.silly just another way to be different. whats next a 29er single speed...oh wait already be done. gay
  • + 1
 you are a really bad mountain biker
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  • + 2
 smexeh. reminds me of old chopper bikes... used to ride 29er. didn't like it as a mountainbike but it was an awesome road bike.
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  • + 1
 a buddy of mine has the motobecane Ti bike just under 19lbs and does not have the carbon stuff on it other than the brakes. single speed. cost 2450$,, santa cruz probably around 6geez... love their bikes.
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  • + 1
 Niner is about to get their asses handed to them. And I ride an A.I.R. 9 scandium and love it. This is no doubt going to be a bike on the list of test rides
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  • + 1
 It sure does look like a blazin fast fun ride. I'd love to have one in my stable as a trail/road rocket alternative to the dually.
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  • + 2
 Just to clear things up...it is 20 pounds 9 ounces! So it's barely over 20 1/2 lbs!
  • + 1
 And that is an astonishing 9.3kg for the people not familiar with pounds.
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  • + 1
 This is Sexxy! I love my 29er and this would be one hell of a xc race bike. Its hard to get a 29er in the 20lbs range. I'm guessing 2200 usd for the frame...
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  • + 1
 i think Santa Cruz ought to have a contest, let the fans name this frame & the winning name gets one of these sweet frames.
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  • + 3
 can't hate on a bike that weighs 21lbs. sick
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  • + 1
 Could be the next bike for me, both my first 29er and my first mountain hard tail.
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  • + 1
 Future is looking bright! I love how what might be his house is a workshop!
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  • + 2
 fk me they make some bikes...
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  • + 1
 Looks cool but I personally like the One Ghost Niner better. But oh those Enve rims. Got to have....
  • + 1
 I would be SO surprised if it came out with Enve rims - they are just so expensive that it would turn many people away. It could be in the 'top' build kit, but that would be one hell of an expensive kit. Gotta hand it to the graphic designer that, firstly, made the word 'Edge' read upside down and then, changed it the letters to 'Enve' and at first glance looks like their has been no change at all.
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  • + 1
 In the first picture that tri-tool hex wrench looks massive haha
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  • + 1
 what they really need to make is a tallboy LT. i'd buy that in a second!
  • + 1
 With Niner making the WFO and Banshee potentially making a long travel full suspension 29r, a tall boy LT would not surprise me.
  • + 1
 trek and intense are both prototyping a 29er dh bike i think Big Grin
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  • + 1
 the retail price is probally going to be crazy unless you are rich.
  • + 2
 Actually Santa Cruz frames are very competitively priced.
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  • + 1
 Santa Cruz is really stepping up there game this year
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  • + 1
 a nice "pony" that is going to cost a pretty penny.
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  • + 1
 looks like a chocolate on wheels!
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  • + 1
 better lookin than the air9 carbon, too!
  • + 1
 I was gonna say, the A9C now has some real competion.
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  • + 1
 this is gonna have a really cheap price tag ;p
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  • + 0
 i hate 29er mtbs... but this one you can not not like ! Its Beautiful ! even with 29ers it looks so right !!
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  • + 1
 is it a one peice frame if it is thats awsome
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  • + 1
 Women's version?
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  • + 0
 Please don't name it after a dog!
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  • + 1
 simple. sleak. SEXY
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  • + 0
 They should call it Biggie
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  • + 1
 thats one light bike !
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  • + 1
 20.9 pounds. beautiful.
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  • - 1
 i hate 29ers but that bike is awesome.
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