Spotted (Again): Santa Cruz's New XC Race Bike - Albstadt XC World Cup 2021

May 6, 2021 at 11:06
by Mike Kazimer  
Santa Cruz XC bike 2022

The first World Cup XC race of the year is getting underway in Albstadt, Germany, and Santa Cruz has a brand new bike on hand for their racers. We first caught a glimpse of it last month, but now it's possible to take a closer look at the details of the new frame. Santa Cruz still aren't officially releasing the bike yet, so exact geometry figures, pricing, etc... will have to wait a little longer.

One thing's for sure - there's no dual-link, VPP suspension layout to be seen. Instead, the bike uses a single pivot design with flex stays, a move that makes it much easier to keep the frame weight down. There's also internal routing to run a remote lockout for the rear shock in order to gain any possible efficiency advantage on smoother sections of a race course. Given the current trends in the XC world, it's very likely this new bike has 100mm of travel front and rear.

Santa Cruz XC bike 2022

Chainguides used be big clunky things used only on DH and freeride bikes, but now that 1x driverains have taken over they're used in all disciplines, including the gram-conscious cross-country world. After all, a dropped chain is much more likely to wreck a race than the 35 gram weight penalty that a tiny guide like the chainstay-mounted one found on this bike incurs.

Other details that can be gleaned from these photos include a threaded bottom bracket, molded chainstay and downtube protection, and SRAM's Universal Derailleur Hanger. Keep an eye out for the race results later this week to see how the bike performs during its World Cup debut.


Santa Cruz XC bike 2022
Santa Cruz XC bike 2022

Santa Cruz XC bike 2022



227 Comments

  • 194 10
 XC bikes these days are getting a fair amount of Ctrl C
  • 147 321
flag suspended-flesh (May 6, 2021 at 11:24) (Below Threshold)
 Many of us are now Command C and V, but I hear you.
  • 174 16
 @suspended-flesh:
Downvoted for using a mac haha gold!
  • 92 73
 @mick06: as it should be... f*ck Apple!
  • 14 2
 @mick06: ...or pretending to!
  • 43 9
 @stiingya: You hear that AAPL? Pay your damn taxes!!!
  • 31 4
 @suspended-flesh: Yea, Tim Apple is the worst.
  • 6 0
 @Planetx888: Ha! almost forgot about that one... what a doofus...
  • 2 0
 Yes, absolutely. This looks extremely similar to the current Massi XC race bike
  • 5 0
 @Melon055 If building something completely different from everyone else means a compromise in suspension performance and weight, why build it?
  • 3 1
 @BenTheSwabian: And the Specialized Epic. How much more original can you get when the only goal is weight and efficiency?
  • 2 0
 @Hayden2248MTB: and carrying two water bottles. Otherwise every xc frame would look like a Spark.
  • 1 0
 @BenTheSwabian: Yes, almost identical. Massi website is a joke though. They don’t even show the bikes geometry. Are these bikes only sold in local bike shops in France?
  • 54 1
 Can I put a 160 mm fork on this?
  • 263 0
 Once
  • 13 0
 @TheBrosCloset: One word made me laugh more than I have in awhile!~
  • 4 5
 Evo it with 140 and strong wheels, and welcome to the bmxc world
  • 5 1
 Dual Crown - all the way
  • 2 0
 No way, they'll be so bad
  • 3 2
 Put a fox 40 on it Beer
  • 2 0
 Dual crown Fox 40!
  • 5 0
 @Hayden2248MTB: Maybe we should wait for the new Fox 50.
  • 41 3
 Wait, it isn't taken by a potato OR Tonkatruck?
  • 37 2
 Your telling me you spotted SANTA again!!!!!!!!!!
  • 32 2
 Santa Cruz, welcome back to the lightweight XC game. I've been wondering if we'd see an update. I dig the Blur's looks but couldn't justify a purchase with the weight vs. money.
  • 28 0
 I'm surprised you wouldn't prefer the supercaliber...
  • 8 0
 @stephenllama: I own a Supercaliber lol. I considered the Blur when looking for a race whip though!
  • 24 0
 @stephenllama: yea I see his username too but supercaliber is anything but lightweight... it weighs as much as a real full suspension but not nearly as capable.
  • 8 1
 @ankitsachdeva: Owww that was a sucker punch lol. It can be built below 20lbs.... if I could afford that. While it's not as capable as a trail full suspension, I'd call it competitive in XC. I jumped it 30 feet the other day with no problems.
  • 2 0
 So you’re part of Trek Factory XC racing? I’m confused by your profile name.
  • 11 3
 @TrekXCFactoryRacing: Sorry didn't mean to be rude. My epic evo with 120/110 is sub 20lbs. To be fair it's a very high end build. The supercaliber is cool but it's not on the same tier as an epic or oiz which are the true lightweight options today.
I also haven't ridden one and only read reviews but the isostrut doesn't sound amazing or on par with traditional single pivot suspension designs.
  • 4 1
 @extratalldirtrider: Not for real man, but I hope maybe one day. All the other Trek-related user names were already taken or I'd have picked something less confusing.
  • 4 0
 @ankitsachdeva: No offense taken. The epic is the lightest on the market. The Supercaliber is heavier but I think it has stronger carbon (just a theory). I saw 2 reviews for epic evo stating they broke frames. Never heard of anyone breaking a Supercaliber but correct me if I'm wrong. I rammed mine into a rock hard at the BB and took all the paint off but the frame is fine! The isostrut doesn't feel any different than a traditional shock. The only difference is you'll bottom it out if you pick a really poor rock line. Even then, you hear the bottom out rather than feeling it. If you ever get the chance, try one out. I think you'd be surprised. On the other hand, coming off your advanced geo, my bike might feel like a "wet noodle." Heard that one before.
  • 1 1
 @ankitsachdeva: stiffer, lower bb, and more efficient. capable comes from skills in XC world.
  • 1 0
 I wonder why a link saves so much weight... does this really compensates ? I used to race first blur generation aluminium and had some wins on it, The advantage I got on descends was so paid off... I wonder if it´s still a SC without VPP suspension...
  • 1 0
 @TrekXCFactoryRacing: a friend of mine broke the seat stays while doing a wheelie, but didn't happen on his new frame
  • 1 0
 @teunnes: That just seems odd. If anything I'd expect the paper thin seatstays to snap on a huck to flat or something. They are very vocal when you bottom out. Still haven't had problems though and the frame bolts were all to torque when I removed the shock for servicing.
  • 1 0
 @teunnes: It's funny, I've broken a couple xc frames in my time and they were all seat stays! I even completed a long ride with both seat stays cracked and the chain stays got me home.
  • 2 2
 @ankitsachdeva: this. No idea why you would buy a supercaliber over an epic. The epic is 300g lighter, doesnt break constantly, and has actual suspension
  • 1 1
 @huvudvind: You made this comment so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say you have actually trail riden a Supercaliber. As you then know, the Supercaliber doesn't break constantly, survived a local enduro race (Southeast region), and has a lockout that works. The main issue with the epic is that the brain breaks a lot. I have a buddy racing on his third replacement brain in 1 season. When I rode with a different friend just yesterday, I asked him where his usual S-works Epic was, and he replied, "getting the brain replaced." Come to think of it, only one of my friends is still on the factory brain. Another thing, the geo on the Epic is awesome for the tech of the World Cup, but us mere mortals benefit from quick handling more. Personally, my only losses to the new Epics have been on rock filled races where the confidence comes in handy. If you recal, the Supercaliber tied the Epic in the PB test on a course that was a bit gnarlier (steep downhills) than what most non-pro races look like. The Supercaliber wasn't in the AXS spec either which, since they tied, could've made the difference. As for the weight, the 12m frame is significantly lighter, but not everyone can afford that frame (me included), and the Supercaliber uses the World Cup frame on all models. As a bonus, the Supercaliber specs better components (expert vs 9.Cool . Also, without brain, the Supercaliber is easier and much cheaper to do regular maintenance on. Those are just a couple reasons why. Hope that helps.
  • 1 0
 @TrekXCFactoryRacing: The main weight difference between the 11r and 12r epics are the carbon shock link and titanium hardware. Which can be bought afterwards to upgrade the 11r.
  • 2 0
 @ankitsachdeva: That's nice, but the point of bringing the frames up was that you don't have to spend as much money on the Trek. You can upgrade a 9.7 to make it a 9.9 AXS, but an epic expert will never quite be an S-works.
  • 27 1
 Anyone know if this is a factory supported team? Those bikes look like they have an odd mix of parts.
  • 67 0
 It's the Santa Cruz / FSA pro team, which is how you end up with FSA cranks and chainrings paired with a SRAM derailleur and cassette.
  • 122 0
 Probably not, they couldn't even afford headset spacers.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Is SRAM a team sponsor at any level? I am surprised they would let them run a non-SRAM chainring.
  • 1 1
 @Sam-B: Sram sponsers Trek I am pretty sure
  • 5 0
 @Sam-B:
I’d say The Scott racing team (Kate Courtney & Nuno) are SRAM sponsored.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Obvious from the tire selection...Vittoria...Great sew-ups.
  • 2 1
 @AngryPirate and @ols532704 I asked because SRAM is typically insistent they their whole drivetrain is used as a set. Using their drivetrain with another brand's chainring isn't normal. I just wondered if SRAM was supplying the team with parts or if they are buying them. That's all.
  • 26 1
 Looks like a bike
  • 8 38
flag taprider (May 6, 2021 at 12:04) (Below Threshold)
 looks like an ebike,
with that massive downtube (and there isn't even a trunk/boot in it to make the volume usable)
and what is that port on the right side of the bottom of the downtube (for a front derailleur)?
  • 9 0
 @taprider: port is for the rear mech cable. All the recent SC bikes have a opening there. They have it plugged because of axs.
  • 3 2
 @taprider: thats so that later when they release the electric version it won't look so weird...
  • 1 0
 ...with two bottle cage mounts.
  • 1 0
 @sngltrkmnd: 1.5 bottle mounts?
  • 16 0
 I wonder if they'll make a slack / longer travel version to go against the Epic EVO?
  • 4 31
flag nickmalysh (May 6, 2021 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 This, epic evo have outdated geo and build around 60 stem
  • 20 0
 @nickmalysh: you're joking right? It has a 66.5' head angle... That's very modern for a cross country bike where many are still in the 68.5 - 69' range
  • 2 0
 Blur?
  • 1 0
 DC?
  • 17 0
 The new SuperBlur
  • 3 0
 Official title prediction?
  • 16 0
 Certainly looks Super-light
  • 22 0
 The Tall Blur Ball
  • 4 0
 @TrekXCFactoryRacing: I'm thinking it's gotta be the TAZMON, it was a single pivot bike before the VPP update. The Tazmon also had just 3" travel. While not a lightweight XC bike at the time it would be the closest thing to this.
  • 1 0
 @brooklyn1: all Santa Cruz ebikes are taking the old school SC names. So expect the upcoming SC lightweight ebike to be a Tazmon
  • 19 4
 Doesn't .... look like a session
  • 14 0
 Looks totally Epic!
  • 11 1
 So, a 2016 Cannondale Habit?
  • 10 0
 It’s what the Scalpel has looked like since the 90’s.
  • 1 0
 Exactly that!
  • 5 0
 Nice choice with that BikeYoke Divine SL dropper. It's amazing to me that so many teams are running the AXS dropper, given that it weighs almost twice as much. Hundreds of grams is a big penalty for sponsor-correctness.
  • 2 0
 Yeah but if it's. SRAM team they just get AXS droppers for free...
  • 3 1
 @PAmtbiker: It's the majority of a pound. If I'm going through the massive training and logistical effort of racing a World Cup, I'll pay a couple hundred bucks to drop that kind of weight from my bike, any day.
  • 5 0
 @PAmtbiker: Yes, if Sram sponsored.

Also a rider may choose to have a dropper to practice with and decide not to race it and use a ridged post. The other advantage for an AXS dropper is it is wireless so the mechanic or rider can simply remove one post or the other and install the opposite one very quick.

A rider may want to try a lap one way and then another lap with or without the dropper. Or maybe the rider wants to race the Short Track XC without the dropper and the XCO with the dropper. Course dependent also.

Believe me, as a team mechanic for 25+ years, the AXS post is very nice for this one reason! Haha.
  • 1 0
 @mattomoto: I understood the bike has to be the same for both XCC and XCO, no?
  • 2 0
 @mtallman2: : frame fork and wheels I think, not sure of the exact wording, I think the idea was to stop people having a hadtail for short track and then switching to a fully which would be unfair to some riders, but not letting things like tyres get changed when you have 2 days of different weather would be bad for the sport.
  • 1 0
 @mattomoto: yup! I am totally down with the AXS post! I just wish I could afford one.
  • 6 4
 If the geometry doesn't suck or if they have a downcountry version I'll replace my 2021 epic evo with this. I still think santa cruz is missing a bike between the blur and the tallboy.
  • 16 1
 What's wrong with epic evo?
  • 4 0
 The Blur was massively similar to the Tallboy 3. Now they've beefed up the Tallboy 4 at least they're more distinct. If anything this is a bike between the Blur and the Highball. Not convinced there's room for the Highball, this, the Blur and the Tallboy though...
  • 33 0
 @wyric: Nothing, I just like changing shit up because I'm stupid.
  • 3 0
 @wyric: wondering the same thing. What’s wrong with the Epic Evo? I’ve only ridden it once but it seemed like a terrific bike.
  • 2 1
 @Hayek: Again, just like playing around with whatever is new. Realistically though this blur will be too XC for my tastes.
  • 5 11
flag makkelijk (May 6, 2021 at 13:39) (Below Threshold)
 @ankitsachdeva: So you're a dentist? Buy an SB115 then.
  • 4 0
 How are you able to get your hands on these bikes? I've been looking out for an epic evo for months
  • 2 0
 @erickstm: There was a comp for sale locally for a month or so - price was 4200 then finally down to 3200 and I was driving to go meet/buy it and he sold it while I was on the way. It's ruthless out there! Plus it was yellow. I'm okay with missing out on it.
  • 2 0
 @ankitsachdeva: right on. If you need a place to unload your less than year old equipment below market value, I know a guy.
  • 6 0
 @makkelijk: No, I'm a college student that works hard... SB115 isn't on the tier of bikes that we are talking about here.
  • 2 0
 @erickstm: I bought the frame at launch, it wasn't in the color that I wanted and was a massive pain to get but I think I just got lucky.
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: Everything is almost always sold on PB. Smile
  • 2 0
 It is called the Tallboy 3
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: it's so, so good.
  • 1 0
 @erickstm: I was able to snag one last month. In pink…… but hey, better than waiting another 6 months!
  • 4 1
 Interesting they have a lockout lever for the front and rear like the Scott Spark and a dropper. Cockpit is going to look crowded.
  • 6 0
 It looks Superlight
  • 5 0
 Very nice but where is the new mega mullet?
  • 2 0
 shhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • 1 0
 To my surprise it is featured in the latest German Bike magazine. It is a new Blur, 1975 g incl shock. Will be sold in an XC version with 100/100 mm, or TR version with 120/110 mm travel. Head angle (I guess with a 100 mm fork) is 68.3°.
The head angle and weight is a bit disappointing in my books. BMC's old Fourstroke was roughly the same weight with two links.
  • 3 1
 It definitely puts some separation between the Tallboy........maybe room for another model that’s “DownCountry” certified?
  • 8 1
 Their downcountry bike is the Tallboy
  • 3 0
 @Greghoin: Yea the tallboy is more towards the trail side of downcountry when a lot of us are looking for XC bikes that we can do more than just race with.
With the new 34sc, there's clearly lots of options for a 120mm xc bike.
  • 2 0
 @Greghoin: By Levy's definition the Tallboy is not a downcountry bike.
  • 1 0
 @BenTheSwabian @ankitsachdeva I just re-read the review, and fair enough, I was wrong. If this is the new Superlight (as we’ll probably know by next week), I suppose it will make room for a Blur update that makes it a little more “down country”
  • 3 0
 That Andreani sticker makes me think there's some magic happening in that rear shock
  • 3 0
 Lead time already 12-18 months
  • 3 0
 My rep told me I'll have them in my shop next month.
  • 2 0
 So presumably since this is missing all of SC's patented special suspension sauce, it'll be cheap, right?
  • 1 0
 The patent is expired anyway.
  • 1 0
 Oh really... *rubs chin*
  • 8 6
 Rocky Mountain called.......
  • 19 2
 Yeti used a similar design over 10 years ago, lots of other companies did too before Rocky.
  • 1 0
 @baulz: Rocky has been running that design since the mid-90s
  • 2 1
 @trestle37: lemme know who’s been using flex stays since the 90s
  • 2 0
 Rocky has pivots at the drop outs not flex stays like this bike, the Orbea Oiz, KTM, Specialized, BH, Cannodale, etc, etc.
  • 3 0
 Its hip to be square!
  • 7 5
 Apparently VPP wasn't actually that great for XC
  • 1 2
 VPP choice was likely dependent upon air shock performance. I suspect new-gen XC shocks don't require a leverage rate which tries to "resolve" issues related to shock performance.
  • 2 0
 Wonder which rider’s bike this is, based on the tires, not Keegan...
  • 1 0
 Keegan ist not in the Santa Cruz / FSA pro team.
  • 1 2
 Looking at the ht length the frame size doesnt look like theyre large or xl, do xc riders not want more slope to the top tube. I would think modern xc courses would dictate more standover
  • 2 0
 Not many xc racers drop their posts more than 100 mm, and once you go to super/(new normal) long droppers, they become super heavy.
Besides, if you want to use an xc bike for bikepacking, a higher top tube is better.
Personally I think the top tube in line with the seat stays looks like an old mixte and not very racey
  • 3 0
 Higher TT offers better triangulation and less leverage on the seat tube- lighter frame is possible.
  • 7 0
 They need room for the second water bottle!
  • 5 3
 Why would modern xc courses dictate more standover? How much time do you typically spend standing around and straddling the top tube during an xc race?
  • 1 4
 @thegoodflow: when you stand up. Long before droppers i appreciated standover. The more tech , or wet, the course is, the more you move the bike around
  • 5 3
 @won-sean-animal-chin: not really sure what standover has to do with saddle height, but ok sure....
  • 2 6
flag won-sean-animal-chin (May 6, 2021 at 22:09) (Below Threshold)
 @thegoodflow: i was saying , even with your seat up its nice to have a good slope on your top tube(standover) so you can better move the bike around. You stand lots. All the downs. Slippery wet roots create all kinds of shapes on the bike. Sloping top tubes is the latest design....in 1990
You neg repped me because you cant read?
  • 3 7
flag thegoodflow (May 6, 2021 at 22:28) (Below Threshold)
 @won-sean-animal-chin: you stand on the descents? Seems a bit unconventional, but I'll allow it. Personally, I just put my reverb down and remain seated through the wet rooty tech for lower center of gravity. Have you tried tubeless tires yet? There's a company called Stands No-tubes that makes a conversion kit. You should give it a shot. And if you like that, boy are you gonna love sloping top tubes... they really let you throw your xc bike around when you're high posting the descents... because of what is known as "standover clearance"... it's hard to explain...look it up.
  • 3 5
 @thegoodflow: wow, you're an idiot. Only a hack would sit on the downs. Why comment if youre clueless
  • 3 5
 @won-sean-animal-chin: wow, you're real smart guy, huh? Maybe PB could recruit you to write an article extolling the virtues of these progressive sloping top-tube designs... probably won't catch on though.... too radical for the masses.

Have you tried clipless pedals? (Don't let the name fool you... you actually do "clip" in) What's next, horseless carriages?
  • 1 5
flag won-sean-animal-chin (May 7, 2021 at 0:24) (Below Threshold)
 @thegoodflow: what are you on about you moran. If you made any sense the joke might go over. You suck as bad at making a joke as you do with bike design and reading. I always look to gravel grinders for bike set up tips. Im sure you have a million
  • 5 1
 @won-sean-animal-chin: When riding, I don’t see how a sloping top tube is of any importance. Standover height only comes into play when you are, well, standing. If your body position is in the standover zone, you’re either supertucking or about to go over the bars, neither of which is a good thing in a MTB race.
  • 1 3
 @MaplePanda: to each there own i guess. Ill take the slope, especially when its steep and you get kicked by a wet root
  • 4 2
 @won-sean-animal-chin: you misspelled moron, you Moran
  • 3 2
 @MaplePanda: to each their own.... he prioritizes standover clearance so he can firmly plant his feet on the ground after fumbling over a wet root at low speed on his electronic moped. Gravel grinders have been moving in this direction for years now, so i can see why Animal-Chin would look to them for setup tips.
  • 1 2
 @thegoodflow: you sound butthurt.....and slow. #moran
  • 3 2
 @won-sean-animal-chin: yeah, totes. I'd probably be way faster if I had more standover clearance

#ouchmybutthurts
  • 1 3
 @thegoodflow: probably not if you cant understand simple designs. The world needs slow people like you to guage the fast ones. TY for your service moran
  • 2 2
 @won-sean-animal-chin: @thegoodflow sits on descents - you really can't insult him more than he's insulted himself.
  • 1 2
 @GeorgeHayduke: tru dat. Sans saddle no doubt
  • 3 1
 @won-sean-animal-chin: wait, you guys use saddles?
  • 3 3
 Bike industry, are you listening? The short baby-boomer dad-bod e-bikers aren't gonna buy another xc-race bike until you guys get your shit together and offer modern geometry with adequate standover to accommodate their small legs.

#ouchmybutthurts
  • 3 0
 i.stack.imgur.com/RvUB6.png

here is the bike animal chin is looking for
even has a super short stem
  • 1 3
 @thegoodflow: just stop, youre not very good at this. Kinda dumb actually
  • 1 3
 @taprider: try harder. You suck. For realz
  • 3 1
 @won-sean-animal-chin: I just don't want you to smash your nads next time you have to perform an emergency dismount due to slick roots on a modern xc course. Bike manufactures are living in 2019 with these standover numbers... it's time to get with the program.
  • 2 0
 It has cute seatstays so I gotta like it.
  • 2 0
 I wonder if we will also see an updated Highball frame sometime soon
  • 1 0
 Are they some type of special race mezcal? looks like an ultrathin sidewall
  • 2 0
 Probably the usual “team only” race tires that every brand has.
  • 2 0
 i thought they killed the Fox 32?! no?
  • 2 0
 looks like current Ebay carbon frame
  • 2 0
 I'll ride that for $5000 a year, sign me up!
  • 3 1
 Looks like an Orbea Oiz, just not as well executed
  • 1 0
 That looks awfully like my Oiz and my Occam not as cleanly integrated though.
  • 2 1
 Is this any different than their APP design?
  • 3 6
 Totally different than VPP... linkage driven single pivot possibly with a flex stay.
  • 7 0
 @PAmtbiker: @PAmtbiker: @gtrguy refers to the APP (Actual Pivot Point), a single pivot suspension layout Santa Cruz used in the Nickel and Butcher models from 2010 through 2012.
  • 2 0
 @PAmtbiker: Not VPP, APP (Actual Pivot Point)... their previous linkage driven single pivot design.
  • 2 3
 @PAmtbiker: APP = VVPP = Virtual Virtual Pivot Point
  • 5 1
 PP
  • 5 0
 @RonSauce: this man gets it
  • 1 0
 Yes... excited for this to officially drop.
  • 1 0
 One of the few new bikes that i like !
  • 1 0
 Uh-oh... Somebody better let NSMB know. Pinkbike is at it again.
  • 1 0
 Could be the new SUPERLIGHT?
  • 1 0
 Bike drops in July..... estimated ship date 2023
  • 1 0
 Can somebody smart estimate HTA from the photos?
  • 4 0
 66.8*
  • 1 0
 measurements from the last photo 67-68 angle. that is, the frame is pretty conservative
  • 2 0
 Kona hei hei says hello
  • 1 0
 only electronic shifting LOL
  • 1 4
 Every time I see a SC from a distance I'm excited - looks great. Then I get closer, and see that hingethingymabob for the shock/rear suspension, and my eyes hurt. Belongs on a cupboard or a fridge.

Probably works ok, though.
  • 1 1
 So is anyone gonna mention how the enduro team is no more and Mark and Iago are free agents now???
  • 1 0
 It’s the new Blur (source: IG shot of the frame’s label)
  • 1 0
 Looks like a XC bike
  • 1 0
 Tazmon XC
  • 1 0
 And where is the motor?
  • 1 0
 SUPERLIGHT BACK
  • 1 2
 My bet is that SC is just returning the favor to specialized for the enduro…
  • 1 0
 I want.
  • 1 0
 An old Scalpel maybe?
  • 1 0
 FSA crank is fugly
  • 1 2
 I don't really like Santa Cruz bikes, because of that stigma around that brand. But..I feel like I need this frame one day.
  • 1 1
 oh look, a Dengfu FM-06 from 2018.
  • 1 0
 RIPVPP
  • 2 0
 Still alive and well on the Intense Sniper.
  • 1 0
 Single pivot is back!
  • 3 4
 Sad looking empty front derailleur nipple....
  • 9 0
 That's the cable routing for the rear derailleur, but these have AXS.
  • 1 0
 I think that's routing for a rear mechanical derailleur. but I dont' see routing in the rear triangle so, if you're not running AXS, I guess it's external from that point on? Hard to tell from photos though.
  • 4 1
 @shawnoen: In the first pic there is a small dimple below the chain guide that looks like a port and in the other pictures I see a port in the rear end of the chainstay protector.
  • 4 0
 @shawnoen: brake hose is internally routed with visible exit port on the chain stay, so expect the rear mech cable has the same arrangement.
  • 8 8
 Looks flexy.
  • 15 2
 Most people riding this bike probably weigh less than you.
  • 9 1
 The politically correct term is compliant.
  • 1 0
 @Joecx: most likely but I was referencing an old meme. The bike looks sick!
  • 2 3
 Looks like a Scalpel. Sorry, someone had to say it.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a dengfu FM-06.
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: why yes, yes it does.
  • 1 2
 Is a Santa Cruz a Santa Cruz without VPP???
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