Santa Cruz Bicycles just rolled out a new crop of bikes that are a bit more wallet friendly than the top-tier carbon models you’ve already seen. There are new aluminum versions of the Bronson, Tallboy and 5010. There’s now also a complete range of Carbon C models (Bronson, Tallboy, Hightower, Stigmata…you name it) that bring the price point on complete carbon bikes down a good bit.
As for the clicking and whirring bits, both Santa Cruz and Juliana are offering up new build kit options at both the high end (SRAM Eagle at the XO and XX1 levels) and the low end (SRAM NX). That’s the quick and pithy intro. Now to get a bit nerdier…GOING METAL
Not everyone is a fan of carbon. Or maybe their bank account isn’t. Either way, Santa Cruz is now offering the latest-generation Bronson, Tallboy and 5010 models in aluminum. Frame-only options will sell for $1,899. Complete aluminum models will have entry-level prices ranging from $2,599 (5010 and Tallboy) to $2,999 (Bronson).
If $2,999 doesn’t sound like a smoking deal for a ready-to-roll aluminum Bronson, it’s worth noting that it’s the same price as the high-end Carbon CC Bronson frame
Which Santa Cruz models don’t
currently have an aluminum counterpart? Those would be the V10, Highball 27.5 (though the 29er version does come in aluminum), Hightower, Nomad and Stigmata.LESS-EXPENSIVE CARBON
Santa Cruz has been offering a lower-tier carbon frame option on select models for a few years now. The Carbon C frames weigh, on average, about 250 grams (half a pound) more than the pimpier Carbon CC frames. According to Santa Cruz, the Carbon C frames are just as stiff as the Carbon CC versions. I’ve ridden several of the Carbon C frame and can say that the price saving is more noticeable than the weight increase.
To put all this into context, the base-level Carbon C Hightower (outfitted with SRAM NX, a Fox Rhythm 140 fork, and SRAM Level T brakes, etc.) now sells for $3,599. That’s about $600 more than what you’d pay for the half-pound lighter Hightower CC frame alone.
There are now Carbon C versions of the 5010, Nomad, Bronson, Highball 27.5, Highball 29, Hightower, Stigmata, Tallboy, and V10. Juliana offers Carbon C versions of the Joplin, Furtado and Roubion.NEW BUILD KITS
Santa Cruz was one of the early companies to start designing bikes exclusively around a single chainring drivetrain (Kona beat everyone to the punch with the Honzo, but Santa Cruz wasn’t far behind). The goal? To make rear ends shorter while still allowing for decent mud clearance with bigger tires. While plenty of riders have been on board with that, there have been hold outs who contend that a 10-42 wasn’t offering enough of a granny or, conversely, a high enough gear for their massive, race-shattering quadriceps. Well, while Eagle is still a new commodity, it does effectively offer a lot more range on both sides of the cassette. Both Juliana and Santa Cruz are offering the 12-speed Eagle XX1 and X01 kits to their spread of build options. The kits include Eagle shifters, chains, cassettes, and cranks. The only X01 build kit not going Eagle is, no surprise, the downhill-specific, 7-speed X01 group on the V10s.
What about riders who don’t have the cash for Eagle? Santa Cruz and Juliana are offering an entry-level “D kit” that consists of SRAM’s NX 1x11 drivetrain. NX will show up on the base-level aluminum Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy. Juliana is offering it as well on their entry-level, Carbon C-framed Furtado, Joplin, and Roubion. Still not into the single-ring thing? Santa Cruz and Juliana are also offering 2x kits on several models.JULIANA SHOCK TUNES
While it doesn’t get a ton of press, Juliana specs all their models with a lighter shock tune than the corresponding Santa Cruz versions. In other words, while the Roubion sports the same frame as the Bronson and the Joplin is, for all intents and purposes, the latest Tallboy, the Juliana versions have different shocks since women are, on average, lighter than men of an equal height. The different shock tune and different cockpit components are what truly set the Juliana models apart from the Santa Cruz versions. Why doesn’t Juliana offer bikes with female-specific frame geometry as well? They just published their stance on it here
. NEW FRAME FINISHES
Colors—Santa Cruz has some new ones on tap for the following models:5010
– Gloss Red & Mint; Matte Carbon & YellowBronson
– Slate Blue & Orange; Matte Carbon & Slate BlueHighball 27.5 & 29
– Grey & Red; Matte Carbon & WhiteStigmata
– Yellow & Mint; Matte Carbon & Slate Blue
Learn more at www.santacruzbicycles.com