Santa Cruz Bantam first look - Eurobike 2013

Affordable single-pivot version of Solo

This has been a big year for Santa Cruz Bicycles, and it’s not over yet. The company has overhauled most of its line, introducing the Bronson, redesigning the Heckler, updating the Tallboy and debuting the Solo, not to mention creating the women’s specific Juliana line. 

The latest edition to the Santa Cruz family is the Bantam, an aluminum single-pivot trail bike that shares the same suspension travel and geometry as the Solo but in a more affordable package. A frame with a Fox CTD Evolution shock retails for US$1,299, with complete bikes starting at US$2,599 (UK pricing and availability is to be announced).

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A single-pivot Solo

Just as the Heckler was redesigned around 650b (27.5in) wheels with geometry that mimics the Bronson, the Bantam shares the same geometry as the Solo in a simpler, budget friendly package.

The Bantam is available in gloss green or satin black

The Bantam has 125mm of rear wheel travel via a single-pivot rear suspension. The frame is designed around a 130mm suspension fork. While the Solo is available in carbon or aluminum, the Bantam is an aluminum-only model.

Claimed weight for a medium Bantam frame with shock is 6.87lb (3.12kg). For reference, that’s just 59g heavier than an alloy Solo and 1.8lb (821g) heavier than a carbon model.

The santa cruz bantam shares the same low and slack geometry as the vpp-equipped solo:
The santa cruz bantam shares the same low and slack geometry as the vpp-equipped solo:

The single-pivot Bantam shares the same low and slack geometry as the VPP-equipped Solo

The Bantam gets the usual assortment of modern frame features, including a tapered head tube, ISCG-05 chainguide mounts, a 142x12 thru-axle rear end, routing for a dropper seatpost and – like all Santa Cruz bikes – a 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell.

Other features include water bottle bosses on the top and underside of the down tube and angular contact bearings secured with a collet axle for the one and only pivot.

The Bantam comes in two color schemes and two build kits. It is available now. For more information visit

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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