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santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 13:00
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
They are—we build all the wheels that ship on all of our bikes here.
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 12:32
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
Johnny Waddell is still a Santa Cruz rider and continues to race endurance and enduro events in Australia. He has a young family now, so he mostly sticks close to home in Melbourne these days, but he's doing great and Johnny is a Santa Cruz family member for life!
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:58
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
All in, it was about 18 months—it wasn't full-throttle from everyone during that time, but from the time we started talking about it to today, it's been a year and a half. NM
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:54
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
One of us sitting in the room is about 240 in riding gear (depending on burrito consumption), and hasn't managed to break his Hightower LT! We feel carbon is a totally trustworthy material, and if you do manage to break it, we'll cover it, whether it's a warranty replacement due to manufacturing, or a no-fault replacement frame offered at cost if you accidentally back over it with a truck.
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:47
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
We made the switch to radial bearings in all of our frames last year—they're both good options, but radial bearings are more tolerant to less-precise assembly (read: those of us who think we have torque wrenches in our wrists).
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:42
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
We're going to stick with an external headset on the V10 to allow for angle and reach adjust headsets. NA
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:32
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
@endlessblockades: Salsa's is east side too! We're in the old Wrigley building now, so lunch-run proximity wins hearts.
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:31
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
We tried several new materials along with lay-up and molding techniques. Small manufacturing tricks like reusable latex bladders. Most of these things are invisible to the consumer once the frame is painted but will result in a more durable product. This is one of our top priorities—making something that can take a beating. NA
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:27
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
Yes, some areas on a frame definitely benefit from one type of material versus the others. Same with our trail bikes where we use an array of laminate types and fiber types for every frame. Fabrics (woven and braided) are great for high-strain and impact prone areas, whereas UD Tapes are great for stiffening the structure. NM
santacruzbicycles pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:26
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
We're very invested in reducing our ecological impact. In production manufacturing, our layups are optimized to make use of 95% of the prepreg carbon allocated to each frame, and the 5% is chopped up and repurposed as randomly-oriented carbon mats that make their way into small parts and accessories (bottle cages, derailleur cages, etc.). Our factory in Santa Cruz is 100% solar-powered, and we've made a massive effort to reduce the amount of packaging, specifically plastics, that we use. Every bit of packaging that comes into is recycled, and we've refined our outbound packaging to be as efficient as possible. NM
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