For 2017 Santa Cruz is adding aluminum versions of its popular Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy models that feature Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension. The Californian company has a few more highlights coming up for the next year.
Aluminum makes Santa Cruz bikes more affordable
Remember aluminum? That light, stiff, easily manipulated wonder metal of the ’90s? Well, turns out it still makes a very nice bike. Plus, it's a lot more affordable than carbon. The 130mm 5010 aluminum, 110mm Tallboy aluminum and Highball 27.5 carbon can now be had for $2,599, while the little-bit-rowdier 150mm Bronson aluminum starts at $2,999. UK and AU pricing was not immediately available.
The Tallboy is available in 12 different builds spread between two carbon frames, the heavier C and the lighter, spendier CC, as well as an aluminum version. The Tallboy is also dual wheel size compatible, ready and willing for 29" hoops or 27.5+ action.
Plentiful build kit options
All SRAM X01 and XX1 kits are now Eagle, which means a 1x12 drivetrain and the mega range it delivers. On the base level D kit, SRAM's new NX makes an appearance, bumping that build up to 1x11. The options continue with 1x and 2x drivetrains available on the mid-level R kit with NX on the R1x, and Shimano's SLX comprising the R2x set up. Whichever build kit suits your riding or wallet, it's nice to see quality RockShox and Fox suspension on all the groups.
- 5010 – Gloss Red & Mint; Matte Carbon & Yellow
- Bronson – Slate Blue & Orange; Matte Carbon & Slate Blue
- Highball 27.5 & 29 – Grey & Red; Matte Carbon & White
- Stigmata – Yellow & Mint; Matte Carbon & Slate Blue
US pricing (UK and AU not yet available)
- 5010 aluminum: D $2,599; R1x $2,999; R2x $2,999; S $3,899; Frame $1,899
- Bronson aluminum: R1x $2,999; S $3,899; Frame $1,899
- Tallboy aluminum: D $2,599; R1x $2,999; R2x $2,999; D+ $2,699; Frame $1,899
Pricing and full specifications can be found at santacruzbicycles.com