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Borealis Bikes Crestone X01 Complete Fat Bike - 2016 Borealis Bikes Crestone X01 Complete Fat Bike - 2016
Admit it: you're intrigued with the fat biking trend. Almost every time you're hanging around your local trails, you're greeted by a monstrous set of knobby tires being steered around a corner by a pretty excited looking rider. And those riders get to be out on the days the weather keeps you in too; rainstorms, snow squalls, and that dicey mix of leftover snow mixed with mud are a non-issue for fat bikes, and the same goes for sand and gravel. Known for exclusively making fat bikes, Borealis has believed in the fat movement since the days everyone thought it wouldn't last. Swap your trail runners for a 2016 Borealis Crestone X01 Complete Fat Bike already and get in on the fun. Shaping the frame with carbon fiber, Borealis saves weight and adds rigidity to the Crestone compared to its aluminum builds. While snappy handling and race-ready weight are less important on fat bikes, you'll still appreciate pedaling less material around on extended trips and in sloppy conditions. Placing it in the realm of an XC race bike, Borealis gave the Crestone a relatively steep 70-degree head tube angle and shorter reach to keep you oriented in an upright position, ensuring the Crestone is up to the job of providing weekend-long riding comfort. Whether loaded down with panniers or rolling unencumbered, the Crestone's burly 4. 8in tires will happily tackle the range of conditions you throw at them with a plush, grippy response; aside from trails where suspension is a must, nearly nothing is off-limits to the Crestone. While you pedal, a shiny SRAM X01 drivetrain provides consistent shifting commensurate with a frame of this level, while SRAM hydraulic disc brakes provide stopping power when you need to slow down.
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Borealis Bikes Echo GX Complete Fat Bike - 2016 Borealis Bikes Echo GX Complete Fat Bike - 2016
Your road bike mates may be held in garage captivity, grinding away in the luminescence of online cycling programs, but winter is your playground. Equipped to release your fun-loving inner child and command the winter terrain, the 2016 Borealis Echo GX Complete Fat Bike is your stealthy draft horse. The shock absorbing carbon fork and rear stay geometry smooth out buried roots and stones as you roll on plush 4. 0in tires and 100mm wide rims. Mounts for packs and three bottles mean all-day or all-weekend adventure, and the SRAM GX 11-sp drivetrain powers you crisply onward into the crisp winter air.
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Borealis Bikes Echo X01 Complete Fat Bike - 2016 Borealis Bikes Echo X01 Complete Fat Bike - 2016
Seen here with X01 livery and 45NRTH Husker Du tires, the Borealis Echo starts to look less like "just a fat bike" and a lot more like a mountain bike. SRAM's unflappable one-by drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and a real-deal suspension fork from RockShox round out the Echo's already-capable carbon fiber frame. Borealis believes that fat bikes are meant to be ridden anywhere and everywhere, and when we see them built like this, we're inclined to agree. It's nearly as efficient as your favorite hardtail, but with heaps more traction and confidence over rough trails and chunky downhills. At the heart of the Echo is the 197mm rear spacing and 135mm front spacing that allow for super-strong, dishless wheels.
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Borealis Bikes Flume GX Complete Fat Bike - 2016 Borealis Bikes Flume GX Complete Fat Bike - 2016
The 2016 Flume GX Complete Fat Bike is designed to reconnect you to the fun-loving and rowdy times of your youth. After you throw one leg over the aluminum frame, the Flume dares you not to smile and feel like a kid again, as you feel the soul of the speed-loving and nimble carbon Borealis Crestone, but at a much lower price point. The four-inch tires on solid 80mm rims and a chatter-absorbing carbon fork call you to get playful in everything from snow to sand to baby-head rock gardens, and the SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain powers you through them.
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Borealis Bikes Flume GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike - 2016 Borealis Bikes Flume GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike - 2016
In the 2016 Borealis Bikes Flume GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike, you'll find the perfect antidote to the sharpness of road season's razor's edge. Fat bikes are traditionally aimed for snow adventure riding, but with its all-season versatility the Flume is also right at home with frequent miles on trails and gravel roads that have been long-neglected by the grader.With a 100mm travel Rock Shox Bluto suspension fork and a wide-range SRAM GX one-by drivetrain, the Flume is ready for your mental escapes from the road, letting you get more hands-on with the routes nature (or the countryside) has to offer. Four-inch tires on capital-F Fat 80mm rims, paired with a stiff rear-end, provide you with supple feel and reasonably solid power transfer while you float through your epic adventures.
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Diamondback Atroz Comp 27.5in Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Diamondback Atroz Comp 27.5in Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
As much as we love mountain biking here at Competitive Cyclist, we can't argue that it's often on the higher end of most people's affordability scale, often exceeding the budgets of entry-level riders, or at the very least, stretching things to the absolute limit. This budget busting is amplified by full-suspension bikes, which are inherently more complex, causing the price to go up due to additional engineering needs. However, every now and again you'll find brands like Diamondback satisfying the entry-level trail rider with the Atroz Comp 27. 5in Complete Mountain Bike packing reliable components and a single-pivot suspension design that's affordable, easy to service, and fun to ride on the trail. Best of all, its relatively affordable price leaves room for trips to trail networks in the mountains and future bike upgrades down the road. Diamondback is able to shave off skyrocketing costs associated with full-suspension bikes by engineering the Atroz Comp with a single-pivot suspension. Although a relatively simple design, this single-pivot suspension performs admirably on the trail, soaking up small imperfections and bigger trail obstacles with 120 millimeters of travel. The suspension's sealed cartridge bearings keep nasty muck and dirt from compromising performance over time, which is a nice feature when you're getting this bike dirty on the trail. Furthermore, higher chainstays eliminate chain slap when you're rallying across rough terrain on the trail. Looking at the Atroz Comp's geometry, you'll find it's comfortable and composed tackling aggressive sections of trail thanks to its 66. 5-degree head tube angle, paired with 17. 1-inch chainstays for relatively quick and snappy handling around corners. The bike's sturdy 6061-T6 aluminum frame delivers high levels of durability, so you're not worried about pushing the bike to the limit. Up front, 120-millimeters of suspension is handled by a RockShox Recon Silver fork (coil version), which works well at smoo...
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Diamondback Mason Pro 27.5+ Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Diamondback Mason Pro 27.5+ Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Since inception, the Diamondback Mason has employed a unique approach to shredding technical singletrack where a full-suspension bike was previously warranted. Diamondback originally achieved this feat with its slacked-out hardtail geometry paired with a 130-millimeter fork handling bigger hits and smoothing out choppy terrain. The newest version for 2017, the Mason Pro 27. 5+ Complete Mountain Bike, takes this all-mountain hardtail dynamic to new realms with the addition of plus-sized wheels and tires lending composure across rough and ragged trails. By increasing tire size from standard 2. 3-inch rubber all the way to 2. 8-inch behemoths, Diamondback achieves unbelievable traction and bump compliance across dicey terrain that would normally leave you thrashed and fatigued on a hardtail. Delving into what makes the Mason Pro excel across technical terrain, you'll find its 68-degree head tube angle paired with relatively short chainstays makes for one that's calm and composed on steep descents, yet always willing to lean into corners and dodge trail obstacles quickly. Out front, the FOX 34 Float Performance Elite makes easy work of rolling over rocks, sucking up root impediments, and flying off side-hits with its 130 millimeters of travel. And though you don't have the forgiving rear of a full-suspension to compensate for poor line choices, the added squish of the 2. 8-inch Nobby Nic Tires does an admirable job of keeping the bike from feeling overly harsh on steep drops and jarring stretches of trail. Looking to its list of components, you'll find the Mason Pro 27. 5+ is built with reliability and easy-shifting performance in mind. Besides its unbelievably smooth FOX 34 Float Fork, the Mason Pro 27. 5+ stands out with crisp-shifting SRAM X1 drivetrain that eliminates the pesky front derailleur from causing issues and adding excess weight. Since it's a 1x11 set-up, you won't miss having a front derailleur, as the 10 to 42-tooth casset...
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Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29in Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29in Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Sitting just below the top-end Overdrive Pro, the Diamondback 2017 Overdrive Comp 29in Complete Mountain Bike is a race-ready whip with a budget-friendly price. It features a smooth-shifting Shimano Deore drivetrain, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and tubeless-ready 29in hoops wrapped in fast, grippy Kenda tires. The Overdrive Comp's frame is hand-built from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, often regarded as the best all-around alloy from which to make bike frames due to its ideal strength-to-weight ratio, and then incorporates composite components of magnesium and silicon that infuse the metal with enhanced rigidity, deformation-resistance, and exceptional torsional strength without adding weight. So, it suffices to say that this frame is ready to handle your worst day on the trail while helping to bring out the very best. And while it's built with a concentrated focus on speed, the Overdrive Comp's double drivetrain uses Shimano's 10-speed Deore group for bomber reliability that's ready to race, train, or just noodle about whenever you are. Then, 100mm of RockShox travel up front locks-out for equal flexibility, letting you steamroll roots on the flats and stiffen things up for the climbs. Its geometry was perfected for tearing up the trail, with a moderate head tube angle and an aggressive seat tube angle to provide a tenacious geometry geared towards efficient handling and hard hammering. The handling is further enhanced by sub-17in chainstays, which take advantage of the mid-sized wheels for able dexterity across enduro-grade rock gardens.
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Evil Bikes The Calling Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Evil Bikes The Calling Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
If Evil Bikes' The Wreckoning prides itself as a versatile all-mountain monster that's happiest running big lines and revels gleefully in days filled with lift laps and bomber descents, then 2017's The Calling Mountain Bike frame is best described as its sassy, irreverent, trail-leaning little brother. Scampering off on its snappy 27. 5-inch hoops towards whatever terrain currently suits its fancy, The Calling is ready to seek out adventure with a cheeky aggression that'll have you cackling joyously out of every berm and opportunity for air. With 131mm of travel (compared to The Wreckoning's massive 161mm) and ever so slightly steeper angles, the Calling is perhaps better equipped to manage varied terrain and get you to the top of climbs without the spiral of self-defeated pouting sometimes associated with slacked-out, big travel rigs. As a rule, Evil Bikes prides itself on making bikes fun, and The Calling is set to meet that mark in spades. Evil's approach to geometry is one of the key elements to The Calling's versatility. The frame's linkage includes flip chips that alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. In Low setting, the bottom bracket sits at just 13. 3in off the ground with a head tube angle of 66. 4 degrees. When dropped to the X-Low setting, the bottom bracket drops to 13in off the ground, and the head tube slacks out to as low as 65. 8 degrees. The Calling is definitely down for a party, and its long, low countenance is finished with 16. 9in chainstays (17. 0 in the X-Low setting) that dice techy lines like a cat on carpet. Where most full suspension machines have hearts, The Calling instead has a dark void in the shape of Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus, which Evil abbreviates with the acronym DELTA. To be clear, this isn't a DW-link suspension. Evil stuck to a linkage driven single pivot with a specific aim to achieve a level of adjustability not allowed by DW-link's four-bar design. DELTA was originally designed as a platf...
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Evil Bikes The Following MB Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Evil Bikes The Following MB Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Evil Bikes describes the new Following Mountain Bike Frame as "same same but different." That's not a typo. Bottom bracket and angles remain the same. Evil made the conscious effort not to slacken or lower the geometry since the bike's angles are so universally accepted. So what's different' Well, if you are wondering what the MB moniker is on the new Following, naturally it stands for "more better'er." Evil picks up right where everybody's favorite short-travel 29er left off and lengthens the reach and stiffens up the frame with the addition of boost spacing. New features making the new Following eviler is a trunnion mounted metric piggy-back shock and integrated chain guide like the ones we've seen on Evil's newer frames. Evil's recipe for big bike fun in a shorter travel package is alive and well and put the entire industry on notice. We defy you to find a review on the Following that isn't full of praise. We also love that Evil doesn't take itself too seriously, but the quality, features, and dialed geometry that comes out of this Seattle outfit is second to none.Sometimes less really is more and the versatility of the Following is the secret to its black magic. Built up with a 120mm fork and the frame's flip chips in the low position, you have a bike you can pedal all-day and even give the XC set something to worry about. Or, throw a 140mm fork on it and flip the chips to x-low and you'll have an all-mountain ripper that won't back down from any enduro stage and can tackle trails way better than you would believe 4. 7in is even capable of doing. We generally subscribe to n+1 when making a new bike purchase but the new Following is a serious quiver killer. Oh yeah, we almost forgot to mention that the new Following is now 27. 5+ compatible. At first glance Evil reserved judgement and chalked up plus as just another industry ploy to sell more bikes. After spending some serious time on plus wheels Evil feels like they definitely have a place. After all, Evil's...
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Evil Bikes The Following Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Evil Bikes The Following Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
In its own words, Evil Bikes describes The Following Mountain Bike Frame as, simply, "FUN." While we typically favor subtlety in our own writing, we're happy to forgive Evil this moment of enthusiastic Caps Lock excess because the bike actually delivers by turning "FUN" into a four letter expletive, as in "This bike is FUNking awesome." In terms of ride quality, "FUN" translates to a bike whose huge wheels and alarmingly capable five inches of travel defy all of our expectations--which leads us to the three letter word we might use to describe it: "all," as in "This is an all-day trail rocket and an all-mountain sled." And it's not just us. Chances are good that if you're a literate mountain biker who keeps up with product news, you're aware of The Following's growing body of glowing reviews. Evil is known for not taking itself too seriously, but the rest of the industry isn't afraid to bathe it in the accolades it deserves. Evil's sexy approach to geometry customization is one of the key aspects underwriting The Following's all-ness. The frame's linkage includes flip chips that alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. When dropped to the Low setting, the bottom bracket sits a scant 12. 83in off the ground, and the head tube slacks out to as low as 66. 8 degrees. We're used to seeing such lewd dimensions on six-inch, 27. 5 enduro monstrosities; needless to say, they make prim and proper 29er trail bikes blush. The Following definitely likes to party, and its long, low countenance is finished with 17in chainstays (16. 8in in the High setting) that dice techy lines with the horror flick alacrity of a hockey-masked mama's boy set loose on a drunkenly lascivious spring break camping trip. Compared to the gravity designs from whence it sprang, The Following's shock sits further up in the main triangle. This makes for a simplified construction process that hinges on dual row angular contact bearings and a 15mm thru axle. We know the assembly appears intimi...
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Evil Bikes The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Evil Bikes The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
While the spectacle of its development and the intricacies of its carbon lay-up may initially shroud The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame in a most intimidating aspect, the iconoclasts at Evil Bikes assure us that it is, in fact, "a bike that likes to party." Upon filtering our own experiences aboard The Insurgent through the process of abductive reasoning, we're compelled to issue a full-throated endorsement of Evil's assessment. Every aspect of the bike's construction is undertaken with that end (the "party" of a long, low-slung, six-inch bike) in mind. Understood as such, the design is elegantly simple--elementary, even--however, despite its relatively simple suspension construction, The Insurgent's approach to all-mountain terrain is every bit as subtle as a phosphorescent, predatory canine that might be seen prowling the moors near Baskerville. Which is to say it's not subtle at all. The trail game is afoot, and the irreverently playful Insurgent is the chief antagonist. Though it ended in an opiatic euphoria wherein any considerations of technical features and engineering specifics were laid aside, our own personal investigation of The Insurgent's capabilities began with a coldly logically consideration of the suspension. Specifically, we put the linkage under the magnifying glass because it includes flip chips that alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. When dropped to the XLow setting, the bottom bracket reposes a mere 13in above the ground, and the head tube slacks out to as low as 65. 2 degrees. You'll be excused if you'd only expect to see angles like that on bikes with more travel. We are of the same mind--or rather, we were until the insurrectionists at Evil staged this irreverent coup. The cumulative effect of the bike's 17in chainstays, long, low posture, and aggressive tilt conspire to drive the bike through corners, all but daring the tires to shuffle off. Our inquiry next carries us to the rather conspicuously titled Dave's Extra Legi...
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Evil Bikes The Wreckoning Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Evil Bikes The Wreckoning Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
We'd be remiss if we didn't begin any discussion about The Wreckoning Mountain Bike Frame, Evil Bikes' latest twentyniner-stein, with a warning: This bike doesn't give a damn about your lines. Or rather, it doesn't give a damn about whether or not you give a damn about your lines. Other Evil models--The Following, for instance--are built for more artful trail surgery, strategically picking apart rock gardens and root lattices with occasional moments of abandon. Conversely, The Wreckoning is built to wreck trails. Bully them into submission. It just goes, leaving nothing but broken trails and crushed dreams in its shuttle-lap wake. If we were to sum the frame up in one word, it would be "bully," because The Wreckoning is so overbearingly aggressive that, to paraphrase Evil's fearless leader, Kevin Walsh, it's pretty much impossible not to ride it like a jerk. Evil's gravity pedigree is on full display here, and The Wreckoning is most at home when the going gets rowdy. That's not surprising. What is surprising is that the bike manages to combine over six-inches of travel with 29in wheels in a platform that can actually corner. It owes this combination to two things: a long, low, slack geometry and the spacing afforded by a Boost axle. Compared to the riotously popular 29in Following, The Wreckoning is almost two degrees slacker at 66. 1 and 65. 1, depending on what setting you have the linkage's flip chip in. The addition of Boost spacing lets Evil jam the rear wheel up into the seat tubs, so its chainstays are also virtually the same size as the 27. 5in Insurgent. So if you want to adjust lines or, you know, turn, you can. Or you can just ride roughshod over everything in your way with its 160mm of travel. That travel is governed by Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus (DELTA), which Evil designed in collaboration with Dave Weagle, who is himself aptly described as extra legitimate. Before going any further, a disclaimer: this isn't a DW-link suspension. Evil ...
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GT Force Alloy Expert Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Force Alloy Expert Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Our childhood memory slideshow is permeated with GT's branding as we navigated the neighborhood in search of the next rockin' curb jump or parkside halfpipe. Now that we've gotten a little taller and settled into the adult world, the 2017 GT Force Alloy Expert Complete Mountain Bike brings back the joy in a modernized package built to handle our favorite all-mountain trails. Aluminum construction balances weight, durability, and price tag while 6-inches of responsive Angle Optimizes Suspension works in tandem with a 160mm travel fork to soften the bumps for a confident ride. The Force's Angle Optimized Suspension (AOS) looks decidedly different than most other suspension systems, with the crankset attached to the mobile rear triangle rather than the stationary front triangle. GT claims that pairing this design with its Pathlink, which cradles the crankset and acts as a pivot on the short side of the rear triangle, minimizes power-sapping chain extension for a more responsive pedal feel. AOS's high mount pivot also helps boost the suspension's shock absorbing capabilities for improved big-hit compliance. In a nutshell, AOS isolates rear axle travel from pedaling input, which means the Force can charge over singletrack and jump off the line without any disheartening pedal bob.
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GT Force Carbon Pro Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Force Carbon Pro Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Reveling in all-mountain terrain, GT's 2017 Force Carbon Pro Complete Mountain Bike pairs the childhood joy we've long associated with the brand with the high-end construction and precise componentry we now expect in our adult-sized trail adventures. SRAM's one-by drivetrain changes gears while powerful hydraulic brakes, a dropper post, and the tubeless reliability of Stan's NoTubes Flow MK3 hoops all pitch in to make this bike the capable all-mountain rig you've been looking for. GT crafts the Force Carbon with its Force Optimized Construction (FOC) Ultra carbon, which is a weave of lightweight and exceptionally strong high-modulus carbon fibers that results in a balance of lateral rigidity, impact resilience, and minimal weight. This translates to real life as a stiff, responsive ride that won't feel like pushing a tank when the trail angles skyward. The Force Carbon's Angle Optimized Suspension (AOS) looks decidedly different than most other suspension systems, with the crankset attached to the mobile rear triangle rather than the stationary front triangle. GT claims that pairing this design with its Pathlink, which cradles the crankset and acts as a pivot on the short side of the rear triangle, minimizes power-sapping chain extension for a more responsive pedal feel. AOS' high mount pivot also helps boost the suspension's shock absorbing capabilities for improved big-hit compliance. In a nutshell, AOS isolates rear axle travel from pedaling input, which means the Force Carbon can charge over singletrack and jump off the line without any disheartening pedal bob.
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GT Helion Carbon Expert 9R Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Helion Carbon Expert 9R Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
For many of us, the name GT brings back memories of scouring the neighborhood on burly BMX bikes in search of the best curb jumps and parkside playgrounds. Now that we're all grown up and looking for a new ride, the 2017 GT Helion Carbon Expert 9R Complete Mountain Bike blends that playful abandon we so sorely miss with modern technology built to handle full-sized trails. Possibly best conceptualized as a whip-fast 29er XC bike that can push into burlier territory, the Helion's 110mm of rear travel and 100mm travel up front soften the bumps just enough without feeling too squishy to go fast. GT crafts the Helion Carbon with its Force Optimized Construction (FOC) Ultra carbon, which is a weave of lightweight and exceptionally strong high-modulus carbon fibers that results in a balance of lateral rigidity, impact resilience, and minimal weight. This translates to real life as a confident, capable, and responsive ride. The Helion's Angle Optimized Suspension (AOS) utilizes a high-mount pivot that helps boost the suspension's shock absorbing capabilities. It's paired with GT's PathLink, which cradles the crankset to limit power-sapping chain extension. Essentially, AOS isolates rear axle travel from pedaling input, which means the Helion can charge over singletrack and jump off the line without any disheartening pedal bob.
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GT Sensor Carbon Pro Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Sensor Carbon Pro Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Even though we're all grown up, we still want a bike that brings us back to the joyously fun days of ripping through the neighborhood on our little GT. The 2017 GT Sensor Carbon Pro Complete Mountain Bike channels our childhood dreams and brings playful fun to adult-sized trails. Its carbon fiber construction and five inches of responsive Angle Optimized Suspension are all in for punchy antics, no matter if the terrain's kicking up or down. Add in Shimano's renowned XT componentry, Stan's NoTubes Arch MK3 wheels, a dropper post, and burly Schwalbe tires, and you've got a bike that will more than satisfy your need for adventure. GT crafts the Sensor Carbon with its Force Optimized Construction (FOC) Ultra carbon, which is a weave of lightweight and exceptionally strong high-modulus carbon fiber that results in a balance of lateral rigidity, impact resilience, and minimal weight. This translates to real life as a confident, capable, and responsive ride. The Sensor's Angle Optimized Suspension (AOS) utilizes a high-mount pivot that helps boost the suspension's shock absorbing capabilities. AOS is paired with GT's PathLink design, which cradles the crankset to limit chain extension. Essentially, AOS isolates rear axle travel from pedaling input, which means the Sensor can charge up hills without power-sucking pedal bob and drop down the other side without hesitation.
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GT Verb Expert Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Verb Expert Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Bikes in the 8in rear travel range are impressive when gravity's doing the work, but hefting one up a climb without the benefit of a chairlift can put a sweaty, damp blanket on any day in the saddle. GT's 2017 Verb Expert Complete Mountain Bike doesn't have a gravity rig's big-hit capabilities, but its Independent Drivetrain (I-Drive) suspension design isolates rear axle travel from pedaling input, making the Verb every bit as aggressive going up rocky trails as it is coming down them. The Verb Expert is made for the trail-riding trenches, not the covers of glossy enduro magazines, so it rushes in with abandon where flashy plastic bikes fear to tread. The I-Drive suspension maintains chainstay length throughout travel. The rear axle orbits the bottom bracket in a steady arc through travel, letting the X-Fusion Pro RL shock's tune dictate the suspension's behavior while I-Drive preserves an independent, feedback-free pedal feel, so you can hammer away, even when rocky climbs are hammering back. The suspension's no-nonsense simplicity is mirrored by the 6061-T6 aluminum chassis and durably reliable Shimano Deore build kit.
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Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
Ibis is pitching the all-new Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as the "little brother" of its Mojo HD3 enduro sled. While this comparison might initially strike you as being overly restrictive and prohibitively niche, the opposite is true. The Mojo 3 tempers the extremes that make the HD3 so good in apocalyptic terrain in favor of a chassis that's lighter, more playfully agile, and still capable enough to handle everything this side of gravity loops. It's Ibis' nod to the 140mm Mojo of old, and -- despite its shorter travel and steeper geometry -- it's actually more versatile for more riders than the HD3. The HD3 was designed for the athletes operating at the tippy-top end of the enduro rankings; the Mojo 3 was designed for everyone else or, in the enthusiastic words of Ibis' founder, Scot Nicol, "ME!" If you happen to clean the steppiest lines like they're paper-smooth fire roads, then you don't need us to tell you that the HD3 is probably the right ride for you, but if your ambitions and local trail furniture aren't all World Series fare, then the Mojo 3 is far more appropriate -- and fun -- choice. And when we write "fun," we don't mean it's for casuals only. Rather, we mean that our own hyperbolic, expletive-laden reactions of pure joy at testing this bike are unprintable here. The Mojo 3's spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis claims it tuned the shock so its initial stroke rides on the "plush" side, but our firsthand experience with the bike tells us that generous small bump compliance doesn't keep it from feeling firm off the top. It's responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point. The Mojo 3 wasn't specifically built to be an XC race bike, but we'd gladly line up with it. It also wasn't designed as a park bike, but spending a few minutes on it makes it obvious that the Mojo 3 is built to get rowdy. Ibis describes the..
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Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
We all might dream of dropping in and throwing down with the pointy end of the pro enduro field, but most of us also just want to have fun out on the trails and need a bike that doesn't pigeonhole itself into a specific discipline. The 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike draws inspiration from its enduro sled HD3 cousin and offers a more versatile package that's lightweight, playfully agile, and can handle just about anything this side of gravity. The Special Blend build brings this bike's legendary capability and SRAM's precise shifting to those of us whose bank accounts won't tolerate eye-popping top-tier build prices, with 2. 35in tires to start you off with a balance of traction and plush for versatility across a range of terrain. As an added bonus, its boost axles widths allow the versatility to choose tires anywhere from 2. 3-inches up to a plus-sized 2. 8-inches in width. The Mojo 3's spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis claims it tuned the shock so its initial stroke rides on the "plush" side, but our experience with the bike is that generous small bump compliance doesn't keep it from feeling firm off the top. It's responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point. It wasn't built specifically as a park bike, but spending a few minutes on it makes it obvious that the Mojo 3 is designed to get rowdy. Ibis describes the shock's tuned ramp-up characteristics as "robust." We describe it as the kind of big-hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. This Mojo comes outfitted with 2. 35in tires, but can accommodate anything from sprightly 2. 3-inchers all the way up to a plush, plus-sized 2. 8. Regardless of the tires you choose to run, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same. T...
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Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
If the HD3 was designed for racers operating at the pointy end of the enduro rankings, then the 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike was designed for the rest of us mere mortals. If you happen to clean the chunkiest runs like they're paper-smooth fire roads, then the HD3 is probably the right ride for you, but if your ambitions and local trail furniture aren't all World Cup extreme, then the Mojo 3 is probably a far more appropriate--and fun--choice. It tempers the extremes that make the HD3 revel in the most apocalyptic terrain in favor of a lighter, more playfully agile chassis that's capable enough to handle everything this side of gravity. Add in the versatility to run both standard 27. 5in and 27. 5+ tires alongside SRAM's revolutionary 12-speed X01 Eagle drivetrain, and you've got a rig that's set to get rowdy in style. The Mojo 3's spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis claims it tuned the shock so its initial stroke rides on the "plush" side, but our firsthand experience with the bike tells us that generous small bump compliance doesn't keep it from feeling firm off the top. It's responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point. It wasn't specifically built as a park bike, but spending a few minutes on it makes it obvious that the Mojo 3 is built to get rowdy. Ibis describes the shock's tuned ramp-up characteristics as "robust." We describe it as the kind of big-hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. By outfitting this Mojo 3 with moderate 2. 5in tires, you'll enjoy confident traction and a deeper travel feel than you might expect from other 130mm suspensions. Regardless of the tires you choose to run, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same. The shock's tune doesn't require a ...
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Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon X01 Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon X01 Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
As much as the glossy bike magazines may tell us that we need the slackest, biggest, most epic enduro sled to fully enjoy our time on the trail, reality is that most of us don't spend our days on the pointy end of the pro enduro circuit and would likely have more fun aboard something like the 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon X01 Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike. Drawing a heap of inspiration from its enduro race-bred HD3 cousin, the Mojo 3 tempers the extremes that push the HD3 into the depths of apocalyptic terrain and arrives as a lighter, more playfully agile chassis. It's more than capable enough to handle nearly anything this side of gravity, and it boasts a bit more versatility on the climby side of the spectrum than a pure enduro machine. The Werx build comes fully kitted out with Ibis' whip-fast 742 carbon wheelset, SRAM's X01 Eagle one-by 12-speed drivetrain, Guide RSC hydraulic brakes, and a Fox Transfer dropper post for sure handling no matter where the trail takes you. The Mojo 3's spirited kick starts with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis tuned the shock so its initial stroke rides on the "plush" side, but our firsthand experience with the bike tells us that generous small bump compliance doesn't keep it from feeling firm off the top. It's responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point. It wasn't specifically built as a park bike, but spending a few minutes on it makes it obvious that the Mojo 3 is built to get rowdy. Ibis describes the shock's tuned ramp-up characteristics as "robust." We describe it as the kind of big-hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. This Mojo comes outfitted with 2. 35in tires, but can accommodate anything from sprightly 2. 3-inchers all the way up to a plush, plus-sized 2. 8. Regardless of the tires you choose to run, the shock tune a...
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Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon XT 2x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon XT 2x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
As of late, it's getting harder and harder to find a double crankset on a slacked out frame, but Ibis delivers gears and fun-factor in spades with its 2017 Mojo 3 Carbon XT 2x Complete Mountain Bike. Inspired by its enduro-king HD3 sibling, the Mojo 3 boasts the capability to handle almost any terrain and a lighter, more playfully agile chassis that gives it a versatility to manage everything from your favorite local trail systems to hard-charging park laps. Ibis gives this Mojo Shimano's renowned XT M8000 drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, and a dropper post, making it ready to hit the trails as soon as you can set it up out of the box. The Mojo 3's versatility begins with the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis tuned the shock so its initial stroke rides on the "plush" side, but our firsthand experience with the bike tells us that generous small bump compliance doesn't keep it from feeling firm off the top. It's responsive and changes direction quickly while navigating switchbacks at climbing speeds, and the anti-squat pedaling platform maintains past the sag point. On the flip side, the ramp-up characteristics can best be described as the kind of big-hit confidence that can often be the key element in determining which side of the ragged edge you find yourself on. The shock's tune doesn't require a high damper handicap, a fact that Ibis credits to the shock rate and DW-Link's steady pedaling platform. Since it naturally reduces bob without too much damping from the shock, DW-Link's ramp-up stays smooth throughout its suspension arc. It also suffers less heat build-up than heavily dampened models, so its ramp feel isn't significantly affected during hard, fast descents where the shock is working overtime. Ibis says that the stubby chainstays and low claimed frame weight make the bike feel "taut," and we think that's a wonderfully succinct way to describe the responsive aggression the Mojo 3 exhibits on the kind of climbs that would send the lumbering gravity ...
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Ibis Mojo HD3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Ibis Mojo HD3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
Dropping in with accolades of HD heritage and rolling with modern touches designed for today's riding styles, the 2017 Ibis Mojo HD3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame carries over last year's well-received updates into a new year. As with its predecessor, this HD3's long, low geometry wrangles steep lines with glee, and its stiff boost axles bump up the volume to accommodate tires ranging from 2. 3in speed demons to a plus-sized 2. 8-inchers. The Mojo HD3's DW-Link suspension platform isolates rear wheel movement from pedaling and braking forces so you can expect a plush and linear suspension motion that feels like an even bigger bike, yet pedals on flats and climbs with the attitude of an XC machine. The 66. 6-degree angle of the tapered head tube takes advantage of DW-Link's solidity and the chassis' stability to hit a steeper angle than most six-inch bikes. That means the Mojo HD3 digs into climbs with an aggressive front end that doesn't leave you hanging when you're dropping in for the descent. The bike's spine is built on stout, 16. 9in chainstays and a low, 13. 5in-high bottom bracket, which team with the aforementioned geometry for an uncommonly agile enduro sled that gets up and goes when the trail turns skyward or drops in fast when things point down, defying the categorizations that limit so many other bikes. As an added bonus, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same, no matter what size tire you choose to run. The frame boasts clean internal cable routing and stealth routing for a dropper post of your choice. Ibis stands by threaded bottom brackets with the Mojo, a move that mercifully dismisses any proprietary press-fit systems in favor of a rock-solid standard that will last for ages. Dual-row angular contact bearings on the drive-side of the linkage require zero preload adjustment and dramatically reduce play compared to standard, sealed bearings, further bolstering the bike's lateral solidity and your own...
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Ibis Mojo HD3 SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Mojo HD3 SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The trend in trail bikes of late seems to be slacker, longer, lower, and deeper, which is nice on really chunky lines but often strings you out on sustained climbs, leaving you beholden to the lift or shuttle to get back up. Ibis' Mojo HD3 SLX Complete Mountain Bike represents a balance between climbing and descending, acknowledging that while the descents are still the point, climbing to earn them can be almost as enjoyable. We're celebrating the Mojo HD3's real-world versatility with an equally versatile build kit: Shimano's SLX drivetrain and a Pike fork, RockShox's venerable trail killer. The Mojo HD3 owes its climbing prowess to its DW-Link suspension platform, which isolates rear wheel movement from pedaling and braking forces. It produces a plush and linear suspension motion that feels like an even bigger bike, yet pedals on flats and climbs with the attitude of an XC machine. The 66. 6-degree angle of the tapered head tube takes advantage of DW-Link's solidity and the chassis' stability to hit a steeper angle than most six-inch bikes. That means the Mojo HD3 digs into climbs with an aggressive front end that doesn't leave you hanging when you're dropping in for the descent. The bike's spine is built on stout, 16. 9in chainstays and a low, 13. 5in-high bottom bracket, which team with the aforementioned geometry for an uncommonly agile enduro sled that gets up and goes when the trail turns skyward or drops in fast when things point down, defying the categorizations that limit so many other bikes. As an added bonus, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same, no matter what size tire you choose to run. And speaking of bottom brackets, the Mojo HD3's is blissfully, wonderfully, sweetly threaded. That's a rare design choice these days, but it's one that we're fully on board with for its ability to reduce creaks and pops. The frame boasts clean internal cable routing and stealth routing for a dropper post of your c...
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Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike reboots the HD3 and creates a super Mojo that Ibis riders and their enduro race team have been asking for. Ibis tweaked the geometry for bigger hits and higher speeds by extending the reach and wheelbase and slackening the headtube angle. Ensuring that pedaling and climbing performance was not compromised, Ibis steepens the seattube angle. Ibis calls on the gurus at FOX to supply the new Float DPX2 shock with reservoir, that's tuned for more ramp-up preventing harsh bottom outs and able to float down steep and scary roots and rocks without missing a beat. The new HD4 is already proven on the EWS circuit by Ibis' professional race team and separates itself from the rest of the lineup as the fastest, burliest, most capable bike on offer from the brand.On paper, the biggest geometric change between the HD3 and HD4 is reach. Ibis noticed that many riders were sizing up to achieve the reach they desired. Now, the sizing is more modern and you will no longer have to go up a size if you need a roomier cockpit. Shorter stems are also more welcome making for a more responsive ride. Stretching the front end leads to an overall longer wheelbase so blasting about the woods at Mach 5 is a little less hair raising and you feel more in control. The bike is a lot more smash and a lot less tip-toe. Relaxing the headtube angle calms the bike down even more with the throttle open on rough trails. Ibis built several prototypes and put the frames under their athletes and the general consensus netted out a 64. 9-degrees. This number might seem DH slack and indeed this angle isn't far for downhill geometry from just a few years ago but keep in mind that enduro tracks are practically DH steep and full of gnar so we feel a-ok with it. This bike is sure to see plenty of shuttle, park, and lift access further solidifying the choice of such a slack headtube angle. The DW-Link platform remains Ibis' choice for governing the shocks s...
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Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon GX Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon GX Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon GX Eagle WerxComplete Mountain Bike takes everything Ibis learned from the highly successful HD3 and sprinkles feedback from their enduro racers to create a souped up Mojo capable of handling the most demanding stages on the EWS circuit. Ibis lengthens the reach and relaxes the headtube while steepening the seattube angle so the new Mojo is able to attack the descents with a new sense of urgency without compromising the amazing climbing efficiency of the excellent DW-Link suspension design. Ibis added a piggyback shock that's tuned with more progression to prevent bottom out and is better able to cope with longer, rowdier descents without fading. This rebooted geometry and more capable shock, driven by the needs of the Ibis Enduro Race Team, designates the bike as an absolute enduro or big hit weapon versus the Mojo HD3, which focused more on agility and playfulness over all-out speed. If you are looking for that bike, have a look at the Mojo3.Comparing the geometry of the HD3 to the HD4, you will notice that the reach on the 4 has grown substantially, roughly to the length of the next size up. The longer reach gives Mojo HD4 riders a roomier cockpit so you can either run a shorter stem and reap the benefits of a longer wheelbase and benefit from the higher levels of confidence when you're pushing the bike to the limits on wide open descents. The bikes are now truer to size and you will not have to size up as Ibis noticed many riders did. Lengthening the reach was one part of the equation for better enduro handling and slacking the headtube angle is other. Ibis experimented and did some real world testing and found the perfect balance at 64. 9-degrees. Ibis feels that angle maximizes stability in off-camber sections, increases maximum lean angle and allow rider's to carry greater speed through the chunder. We couldn't agree more. This bike loves to go fast and instills complete confidence through the sketch.The Mojo HD4 retains the pra...
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Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Developed for the most demanding courses of the professional enduro circuit, the Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame marks a stark departure from the previous Mojo HD3 with its long, slack geometry paired with a piggyback shock that's tuned with greater progression to keep you from bottoming out. This reconfigured geometry and progressive shock tune is driven by the needs of the Ibis Enduro Race Team competing on the world's most demanding stages, as opposed to the previous Mojo HD3, which focused more on agility and playfulness over all-out speed. Delving into the Mojo HD4's revised geometry, you'll find it's not just a bit longer, it's actually much longer than before, with the medium through large frames sporting reach numbers that are longer than the previous HD3's large and extra-large figures, respectively (small frames get an increase in reach, it's just not as drastic). These longer figures also translate to the HD4's wheelbase, which has grown considerably to offer higher levels of confidence when you're pushing the bike to the absolute limit on blistering-fast downhills. For actual wheelbase figures, the HD4 is anywhere from about an inch longer in its smallest size to over two inches longer for the extra-large frame. This is helpful for riders who previously sized up on the Mojo HD3, due to its shorter overall length and reach figures. Not only is the Mojo HD4 much longer than the previous HD3, but it's also much slacker for greater stability when you're plunging into formidable downhill sections. Ibis played around with different head tube angles until they settled on 64. 9 degrees, which they claim offers greater downhill stability and higher lean angles before it loses traction. The second part is especially important for riding on trails and race courses with tricky off-camber sections, as the slacker head tube angle keeps the bike planted to the trail, instead of plunging down the fall line or slipping off precipitous edges. Looking at the...
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Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Developed for the most demanding enduro courses in the world, the Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike marks a stark departure from the previous Mojo HD3 with its long, slack geometry paired with a piggyback shock that's tuned with greater progression to keep you from bottoming out on bigger hits. This reconfigured geometry and progressive shock tune is driven by the needs of the Ibis Enduro Race Team competing on the world's most demanding enduro courses, as opposed to the previous Mojo HD3, which focused more on agility and playfulness over all-out speed. Delving into the Mojo HD4's revised geometry, you'll find it's not just a bit longer, it's actually much longer than before, with the bike's reach being one size longer than the Mojo HD3 for medium through extra-large sizes. By growing considerably longer in reach, the Mojo HD4 gives riders a roomier cockpit, eliminating the need to size up many riders found with the HD3. These longer figures translate to the HD4's wheelbase as well, which has grown considerably to offer higher levels of confidence when you're pushing the bike to the absolute limit on blistering-fast downhills. Not only is the Mojo HD4 much longer than the previous version, but it's also much slacker for greater stability when you're plunging into formidable downhill sections. Ibis played around with different head tube angles until they settled on 64. 9-degrees, which they claim offers greater downhill stability and higher lean angles before it loses traction. The second part is especially important for riding on trails and race courses with tricky off-camber sections, as the slacker head tube angle keeps the bike planted to the trail, instead of teetering off the edge. Looking to the Mojo HD4's suspension, it's no surprise that Ibis retains the praised kinematics of the DW-Link platform, namely its ability to pedal efficiently with anti-squat characteristics paired with a linear feel (until it ramps up at the end) for a ...
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Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
If you've never witnessed a professional enduro race, it's hard to conceptualize how fast the top riders hurtle themselves downhill where one spill equals disaster. Then of course, riders have to pedal back up to complete another stage without the convenience of a lift or shuttle, meaning their bikes have to be well-rounded enough for brutal climbs up thousands of vertical feet. Driven by this style of professional enduro racing, the Ibis Mojo HD4 Carbon XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike features a longer, slacker geometry that inspires confidence when you're pushing things to the absolute limit on wicked descents with technical rocks and large drops--all without forgoing its ability to propel itself back uphill. This longer, slacker geometry marks a large departure from the previous Mojo HD3, which focused on agility and playfulness over all-out speed. The Mojo HD4 has a much longer reach that's approximately one size larger for medium through extra-large frames (small frames get a longer reach that's not as drastic to preserve fit for smaller riders). By growing considerably longer in reach, aggressive riders no longer find the need to size up like with the Mojo HD3. These longer figures translate to the wheelbase as well, which has gotten much longer (as much as two inches for large frame) for higher levels of composure and less squireliness when you're riding downhill at higher velocities. Not only is the Mojo HD4 much longer than the previous version, but it's also much slacker for greater stability when you're plunging into formidable downhill sections. Ibis played around with different head tube angles until they settled on 64. 9-degrees, which they claim offers greater downhill stability and higher lean angles before it loses traction. The second part is especially important on trails and courses with tricky off-camber sections, as the slacker head tube keeps the bike planted to the trail without feeling like it's going to plunge down the fall line. Looking ...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Representing the third generation of the trail-slaying Ripley, the Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3. 0 Mountain Bike Frame is overhauled for 2018 to clear wide volume tires for unrelenting grip and smooth-riding characteristics across rough trails. It retains the nimble handling and high-speed stability that's made the previous Ripley LS an overwhelming favorite across a wide variety of trails, as well as the 120-millimeters of DW-Link travel for quick acceleration with very little in the way of energy-sapping pedal bob. Surprisingly, this limited rear travel feels much deeper than numbers suggest, meaning it can hang with longer-travel bikes on rowdy sections of trail littered with steep drops, square-edge hits, and rock gardens. Delving into the Ripley LS 3. 0's geometry, you'll find a moderately slack head tube angle of 67. 5-degrees instilling confidence on the descent, with a low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket keeping you glued to the trail. Paired with the steam-rolling benefits of 29-inch wheels, it absolutely destroys descents and rugged stretches of trail with both composure and stability where other trail bikes would falter. This is especially surprising when you note its 120-millimeters of rear travel, which is rather small in today's world of long-travel enduro bruisers. Accommodating the ever-evolving wheel and tire standards becoming ubiquitous on modern trail machines, the Ripley LS Carbon 3. 0 accepts 2. 6-inch tires with its reconfigured swing arm and clevis mount, which is moved backwards and down to clear wider tires. Ibis achieves a stiffer rear end with the reconfigured chassis of its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension. The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. Best of all, the reconfigured chassis doesn't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS. We'd be amiss to forget the monocoque carbon lay-up of the Ripley LS frame, resulting in an astoundingly sti...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 NX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 NX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Ibis' latest Ripley is the LS Carbon 3. 0 NX Complete Mountain Bike, and it's built to take advantage of a wave of new technologies and standards that the original Ripley--despite how much love we have for it--could never have anticipated. These include the agro-as-hell Longer Slacker (LS) geometry, which pushes into enduro territory, and the clearance to run 2. 6in tires. The latter is especially important as, in our estimation, tires in the 2. 4-2. 6in range strike the best balance between plush, plus-sized traction and agile, XC-tire responsiveness. Despite those changes, this third-gen version of the Ripley retains the nimble handling that leaves you with an ear-to-ear grin on the trail but with a stiffer rear end that may leave a frown on your buddies' faces while you power away on climbs. The stiffer rear end and increased tire clearance are owed to a reconfiguration of the chassis and its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension. The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. There's a new swingarm and clevis mount as well, which is moved backwards and down to clear the 2. 6-inch tires. Despite those changes, we're happy to report that the reconfigured chassis and swingarm don't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS. This means you won't notice a difference in the pedaling efficiency or square-edge compliance from the DW-Link suspension. Other than its notable upgrades in rear-end stiffness and increased tire clearance, the Ripley LS retains the praised geometry of the last version, namely its moderately slack 67. 5-degree head tube angle paired with a low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket for impressive stability at speed. Although it's not quite as slack as much of the competition, the third-gen Ripley LS never feels outgunned on the trail, even when the going gets steep and rocky. We'd credit this to a slightly longer 130mm 34 Float fork keeping things confident and c...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The bike industry is constantly evolving with wider wheels upping the ante in overall traction and control, especially when you're rallying across trails with formidable roots and rocks. Accommodating these ever-evolving wheel standards, Ibis set out to reincarnate the Ripley LS Carbon 3. 0 XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike for the current crop of wide volume tires on the market. It retains the balanced handling and descending composure of the previous Ripley LS, making it a worthy trail rig for riders clawing up steep climbs, only to rip down across jarring rocks, sweeping berms, and undulating rollers. The third-gen version of the Ripley, now referred to exclusively as the Ripley LS, retains the nimble handling that leaves you with an ear-to-ear grin on the trail, but with a stiffer rear end and the ability to accept 2. 6-inch tires. Because 2. 6-inch tires fall short of the 2. 8 and 3-inch behemoths donned by 27. 5+ rigs, you'll find they strike the sweet spot between supple bump compliance and aggressive grip--without feeling overly vague or squishy on the trail. To properly support this wide volume rubber, Ibis kits out this Ripley LS build with a 34-millimeter Ibis 938 Very Wide Aluminum Asymmetric Wheelset. Ibis achieves a stiffer rear end and increased tire clearance with a reconfigured chassis of its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension. The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. There's a new swingarm and clevis mount as well, which is moved backwards and down to clear the 2. 6-inch tires. Best of all, the reconfigured chassis and swingarm don't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS. This means you won't notice a difference in the pedaling efficiency or square-edge compliance from the DW-Link suspension. Other than its notable upgrades in rear-end stiffness and increased tire clearance, the Ripley LS retains the praised geometry of the last version, namel...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Despite the praise and sterling reputation the Ripley has received, Ibis has proven incapable of leaving well enough alone. The Ripley LS Carbon 3. 0 XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike represents the cumulative effect of a mountain of changes that Ibis has seen fit to a bike that--when we first threw a leg over its introductory iteration--seemed damned near perfect. The latest changes include the agro-as-hell Longer Slacker (LS) geometry, which pushes into enduro territory, and the clearance to run 2. 6in tires. The latter is especially important as, in our estimation, tires in the 2. 4-2. 6in range keep the plushness and traction of high-volume tires but without lapsing occasionally into squishy vagueness. Despite those changes, this third-gen version of the Ripley retains the nimble handling that leaves you with an ear-to-ear grin on the trail but with a stiffer rear end that may leave a frown on your buddies' faces while you power away on climbs. The stiffer rear end and increased tire clearance are owed to a reconfiguration of the chassis and its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension. The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. There's a new swingarm and clevis mount as well, which is moved backwards and down to clear the 2. 6-inch tires. Despite those changes, we're happy to report that the reconfigured chassis and swingarm don't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS. This means you won't notice a difference in the pedaling efficiency or square-edge compliance from the DW-Link suspension. Other than its notable upgrades in rear-end stiffness and increased tire clearance, the Ripley LS retains the praised geometry of the last version, namely its moderately slack 67. 5-degree head tube angle paired with a low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket for impressive stability at speed. Although it's not quite as slack as much of the competition, the third-gen Ripley LS never feels ou...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
We're accustomed to seeing the SL acronym splashed across myriad bits of bike-related components to indicate that they are indeed "Super Light" and by extension super amazing. Ibis flips the story a bit with its Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame. Not to say this frame isn't light (it is), but the swapped order designates this Ripley as Longer and Slacker than its standard kin. The LS' wheelbase expands from the standard 1,125mm to 1,167mm with a head tube angle that drops from 69. 2 to 67. 5 degrees for a size large frame paired with a 140mm fork. That bigger, slacker footprint empowers those of us who have already been pushing the original Ripley to its limit, taking the bike in Ibis' words from "sporty" to "gnarly". Other than those geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been throwing around in all manner of terrain. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version. The Ripley includes the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley LS's 67. 5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes. Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility. To this end, Ibis engineers added a Boost rear axle and revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike earns its LS designation as the Longer and Slacker version of the original Ripley, a move that takes one of our favorite trail bikes firmly into gnarly territory. Its longer wheelbase and slacker head tube provide a large footprint that breathes confidence into big runs and revels in pushing the envelope ever further. Understanding that not all bank accounts can tolerate eye-popping dream build prices, Ibis' Special Blend build pairs the same top-tier frameset found in the pricier builds with SRAM's workhorse NX drivetrain, an Ibis seatpost, and wide aluminum rims so you can get rowdy without completely crushing your budget. Aside from the geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been ripping in all manner of terrain. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version. The Ripley LS utilizes the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley LS's 67. 5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes. Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility, and is bolstered by the inclusion of a boost rear axle. To this end, Ibis engineers also revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Ripley LS is Ibis' answer to the call for a longer, slacker version of its well-loved Ripley. The effects of these changes are felt throughout the frame in the form of a longer wheelbase and lowered head tube angle. This bigger footprint gives the Ripley LS extra confidence on steep, gnarly descents and meets the needs of riders who've been using the original Ripley as something of a baby enduro rig. As Ibis puts it, these geometry tweaks bring the Ripley from "sporty" to "gnarly" to fuel even bigger runs and envelope-pushing rides. The 2017 Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike pairs that revised geometry with SRAM's revolutionary X01 Eagle drivetrain, a Fox Float 34 fork, a dropper seatpost, and Ibis' own 938 wheels for a race-ready ride. Other than those geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been throwing around in all manner of terrain for years. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version. The Ripley includes the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley LS's 67. 5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes. Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility, and the inclusion of a boost rear axle is the first obvious step in ...
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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
If the Ripley LS is Ibis' response to the clamor for a longer, slacker, rowdier version of the original Ripley, then the 2017 Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Werx Complete Mountain Bike represents the pinnacle of the line that Ibis claims takes the Ripley from "sporty" to "gnarly" to push the envelope further. Compared to the original, the LS earns its initials as both longer and slacker, which results in a bigger footprint that oozes confidence when the trail turns steep and chunky. The Werx build gets, well, the works, with SRAM's X01 Eagle one-by 12-speed drivetrain, and a Fox Transfer hydraulic dropper. Ibis' whip-fast 942 carbon hoops complete the dream build for a versatile, race-ready machine. Aside from the geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been ripping in all manner of terrain. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version. The Ripley LS utilizes the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley LS's 67. 5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes. Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility, and is bolstered by the inclusion of a boost rear axle. To this end, Ibis engineers also revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the...
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Ibis Ripley LS Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Ibis Ripley LS Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
Those two little initials camped out in the title of Ibis' latest Ripley LS Mountain Bike Frame may seem innocuous, but they've got some outsized importance. LS is an initialism for Longer Slacker, and those awkwardly free-floating modifiers apply primarily to the top tube length, which gains 15mm, and head tube angle. The effects of these changes are felt throughout the frame in the form of a wheelbase that increases from the standard Ripley's 1,125mm to the LS's 1,167. Combined with a head tube angle that drops from 69. 2 to 67. 5 degrees, that bigger footprint empowers those of us who have already been treating the Ripley as a baby enduro sled. As Ibis puts it, the LS modifications take the Ridley from "sporty" to "gnarly." Other than those geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been beating the hell out of across all manner of terrain. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version. The Ripley includes the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley LS's 67. 5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes. Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility, so Ibis engineers revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-Link suspension,...
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Ibis Ripley Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Ibis Ripley Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
Ibis returned to its beloved Ripley Mountain Bike frame design this year, fine-tuning it for a second version of this 29er that likes to do a little bit of everything. When it was first conceived, Ibis imagined the Ripley would be used mostly for XC, but quickly realized that many riders were also using it for all-mountain riding. To answer to this, it made a few alterations to complement the already versatile frame. For this model, Ibis only saw the need for minor modifications to the Ripley's signature geometry. The construction process remains the same -- the process begins with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps threads intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The swingarm and clevis are filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while adding as little weight as possible to the 5. 5lb frame. Responding to the trend of ever-lengthening droppers, Ibis lowered the seat mast by 1/2in for added stability when dropping-in. The Ripley also adopts a few features from the Mojo this year, including its popular port system designed for a stealth dropper and its rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protectors. This year's Ripley has also been updated to include the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the Ripley's DW-link suspension to make a firm and consistent pedaling platform for the 2016 Ripley. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley's tapered 70 degree head tube, makes for plenty of responsiveness even while sprinting uphill. Adding stiffness in the rear was a key goal for the new Ripley, so Ibis engineers took two steps: adding Boost rear spacing and revisiting the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-link suspension. The...
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Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Named for the founder of Juliana bicycles, the Furtado 2. 1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle complete mountain bike is built for long rides, exploring new places, and pushing your limits every step of the way. With responsive 27. 5in wheels and a playful demeanor, there's not much that the Furtado can't do with style. With five inches of VPP suspension, the Furtado has enough suspension on tap to make the most of technical trails without dulling the ability for the rider to push it to the edge. As with all VPP bikes, the Furtado's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain and a livelier ride feel. Of course, the poised cornering and playful attitude that are the defining traits of the Furtado are largely due to its highly refined geometry. The 67 degree head angle remains stable at speed, while still being quick to initiate a change of direction. At 16. 7 inches, the Furtado's chainstays are shorter than any of Juliana's other trail bikes, which further enhances its enthusiasm for cornering. At 13. 1 inches, its bottom bracket is just high enough to avoid plunging your pedals into rocks at inopportune moments while remaining settled in situations that start getting hairy. The Furtado is built using Juliana's top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Juliana is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Juliana has proven time and again that their command of carbon fiber construction i...
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Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
For a majority of dedicated trail riders, mid-travel bikes hit the sweet spot between terrain-smoothing plushness and quick-turning agility, making them superior for hitting the dirt in search of punchy climbs, swooping berms, and flowing descents. Filling the role of spirited trail bike, the Juliana Furtado 2. 1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes quick-handling playfulness over brute force and bottomless travel, meaning it's better equipped for the needs of real world riders seeking a well-balanced bike that's both intuitive and fun to ride. Representing the smaller sibling to Juliana's enduro-bred Roubion, the second-gen Furtado emphasizes surgical precision on trail networks where uphill switchbacks, technical rock gardens, and narrow openings between trees pose a challenge to your handling skills. That being said, the Furtado doesn't sacrifice much in the way of descending composure from the longer travel Roubion, thanks to a reinvigorated geometry that's longer, slacker, and low-slung. The 67-degree head tube angle keeps you confident when you're opening it up at higher speeds and dropping into steep descents littered with boulders and roots. Sitting at only 13. 1 inches, the exceptionally low bottom bracket keeps you glued to the trail when you're roosting around corners and sweeping berms. Furthermore, the Roubion has ridiculously short chainstays of only 16. 7 inches, meaning it's quick to change direction when you're diving into tight corners. It's packing 130-millimeters (just a tick over five inches) of VPP suspension, which balances responsive pedaling with bump-smoothing sensitivity over rock gardens and forest roots. Because it's a firm pedaling platform, the VPP suspension works nicely with the Furtado's balanced trail manners, meaning it's always eager to pedal without losing momentum to unwanted bobbing motion. Moreover, the engineers at Juliana made the Furtado's 130 millimeters of travel feel a bit deeper than the numbers suggest, me...
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Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Hitting the sweet spot for a majority of trail riders, the Juliana Furtado 2. 1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling over the demolishing force of a long-travel enduro brute. Offering 130-millimeters of responsive VPP travel, the Furtado 2. 1 begs for fast and flowing trails with massive berms, tight switchbacks, and long climbs to the top of the forest. For 2018, it retains the dialed geometry inspired by the iconic Santa Cruz 5010, but the shock is tuned specifically for the needs of lighter female riders for a more sensitive feel when you're pedaling over rocks and roots. As the smaller sibling to Juliana's enduro-bred Roubion, the Furtado 2. 1 emphasizes surgical precision, especially on tighter trails where trees and rocks pose clearance issues. That being said, the Furtado 2. 1 doesn't sacrifice much in the way of descending composure versus the Roubion, thanks to a reinvigorated geometry that's longer, slacker, and low-slung. The 67-degree head tube angle keeps you confident and composed when you're dropping into steep descents littered with rocks and sudden drops. Plus, it retains one of the lowest bottom brackets in Juliana's line at a mere 13. 1 inches, keeping you glued to the trail when you're charging at high speeds and railing around corners. Another notable geometry number, the 16. 7-inch chainstays are shorter than your average trail bike, making it quick to change direction around corners. It's packing 130-millimeters of travel (just a tick over five inches) of VPP suspension, which balances responsive pedaling with bump-smoothing compliance over rock gardens and forest roots. Surprisingly, the engineers at Juliana made this 130-millimeters of VPP travel feel a bit deeper than the numbers suggest, making it suitable for conquering all but the most technical of trails. And because Juliana gives it a custom shock tune for lighter female riders, you'll find its more sensitive and responsive than a shock designed for heavier m...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Joplin 2.0 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Not being pigeon-holed into one specific category, the Joplin 2. 0 27. 5+ D Complete Mountain Bike is just as happy doing endurance races as it is on rowdy trail rides where roots, rock gardens, and ledge drops are all part of the fun. In fast-rolling XC, 29er guise, the Joplin 2. 0 covers plenty of miles of trails quickly and efficiently. The 27. 5+ wheel option, that we have here, utilizes its flip-chip linkage and a change in fork travel to take the playful, progressive geometry and add high-volume tires which increase traction and comfort. This frame is constructed from aluminum for durability and without the higher price of its carbon fiber sisters. Adding a Rock Shox Recon fork and SRAM's NX group builds up a capable bike that is ready for challenging trails at a friendly price tag. The Joplin 2. 0 takes design cues from its big brother the Tallboy and blends highly responsive XC handling with that of a go-anywhere, ride anything trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with a 130-millimeter fork for the 27. 5+ wheels and tires. The shorter travel out back and extra squish up front lets the bike pedal with exceptional efficiency, and offer a little more security when hitting blind drops and twisting the throttle when the trail opens up. One area where the Joplin and Tallboy differs is in its female-specific shock tune. Juliana worked with FOX to develop a lighter shock tune on the Float Performance DPS shock for lighter riders. So instead of skipping over rocks and roots with damping suited for heavier riders, the suspension will be better able to absorb the hits and keep you in control. The VPP suspension gets 10-millimeters of extra travel over the previous Joplin, positioning the bike in the do-it-all category of rigs in the 4 to 5-inch range. Juliana didn't just increase the travel, it revised the VPP platform making it perform better in all conditions and making sure that you are able to utilize all of the 110mm of travel. Julian...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Juliana Joplin 2. 0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike loves nothing more than spirited romps through the woods where sweeping berms, rowdy rocks, and elevated bridges pose a challenge to your riding skills. Although it could be categorized as a fast-rolling XC machine in 29er form, the Joplin 2. 0 doesn't like to be categorized, defying the 29er genre with its modern trail geometry that's nimble and fun to ride above all else. Inspired by the Santa Cruz's iconic Tallboy, the Joplin 2. 0 blurs the line between razor-sharp XC rig and spirited trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with a 120-millimeter fork. This combination of a bit less travel out back with greater plushness up front makes it pedal with resounding efficiency, but with extra margin of error when you're dropping into rocky descents and sending natural drops littered along the trail. Where the Joplin differs from the Tallboy lies within its female-specific shock tune. By tuning the rear shock for lighter riders, it feels more active tracking over rocks and roots, without it feeling overly harsh. New for this 2. 0 version of the Joplin, you'll find the ability to switch between 29 and 27. 5+ wheels with its integrated flip chip along the upper linkage. The flip chip rotates to allow the shock mount to migrate between high (29er) and low (27. 5+) settings, but without a drastic change in the bike's geometry. In fact, Juliana preserved the 68-degree head tube angle between both wheel sizes, and also retained the snappy 17-inch chainstays and low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket height for confident handling. For the 2. 0 incarnation of the Joplin, the reach has lengthened substantially, giving you a roomier cockpit with higher levels of control when you're dropping into high-speed descents. The VPP suspension gains 10-millimeters of travel over the previous version, aligning the Joplin with the new crop of do-it-all rigs with 4. 5-inches of travel. However, that's not to say ...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Reinvigorated with aggressive geometry updates and the option to switch between 29- and 27. 5+-inch wheels, the 2017 Juliana Joplin 2. 0 Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike offers near-effortless obstacle rollover, snappy cornering capabilities, and confident descending. In its 29-inch form, the Joplin 2. 0 is a highly capable XC whip that's well mannered on technical trails, thanks to its slackened 68 degree head tube angle and longer front end. Shorter chainstays promote agile handling when you're picking across rock gardens and negotiating tight switchbacks. Following suit, the Joplin 2. 0's lower standover height gives female riders more control and maneuverability than ever. This particular version of the Joplin 2. 0 has a C-level carbon frame, which is exceptionally stiff and strong for riders thrashing their bikes on a regular basis. The frame's stiffness directly translates into uncompromising acceleration when you're bursting out of corners and hammering up climbs. Based off the Santa Cruz Tallboy, you'll find the same flip chip mechanism that allows you to swap 29 inch wheels for the terrain-gobbling goodness of 27. 5+-inch bruisers. To do this, Juliana recommends swapping out the stock 120mm fork for a longer 130mm option. Switching between wheel sizes has virtually no effect on the Joplin 2. 0's slackened geometry and nimble handling. To accommodate the wider 27. 5+ wheels, the front and rear thru-axles benefit from the addition of Boost. Not only does Boost create ample clearance for the fatter tires of 27. 5+, but more importantly, it rids 29-inch wheels of the extra flex exhibited by its predecessor. Sitting at the heart and soul of this trail-taming machine, the Joplin 2. 0 benefits from the reworked VPP suspension platform of its Santa Cruz brethren, such as the Bronson, 5010, and Tallboy. There's a stiffer box-style upper link and cleanly recessed lower link that prevents rock strikes when you're riding across loose, rock-strewn trails. Ju...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Representing the grand finale of a trail-shredding tale of wagon wheel proportions, the 2017 Juliana Joplin 2. 0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike arrives on the scene ready to rock and roll. This Joplin stays true to the sprightly heritage of its predecessor while taking inspiration from its genre-defining twin, the Santa Cruz Tallboy. The end result is expanded capability with modern touches like Boost spacing, enduro-inspired suspension links, and Santa Cruz's versatile flip chip. The notable difference between the Joplin and the Tallboy is in the shock tune, with the former lightening up a bit to allow lighter riders full access to the bike's 4. 5in of responsive VPP travel. The flip chip, however, is a notable similarity. It sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. The latest Joplin is Juliana's first use of Santa Cruz's flip chip, which originally debuted on the Hightower. If that model was its testing ground, then the flip chip has moved one step closer to perfection with the Joplin. While changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, the Joplin's head tube stays constant with either size wheel. Compared to the previous Joplin, the newest model takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2. 2 degrees to fall from the standard 70. 2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27. 5+ with 130mm of front travel. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13. 3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, resulting in a chassis that's far more capable in virtually every trail situation than its predecessor. The VP...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
When it comes to rocks and rolling, the name Joplin is a big one to live up to. Juliana's latest effort on that front, the Joplin 2. 0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike, meets expectations with an impressive list of hits. Big hits. Hits way bigger than we'd ever throw at the first several generations of wagon-wheel bikes. That's because--like the queen of rock for which it's named--the Joplin effectively revolutionized its genre. It proved that 29ers aren't limited to cross country riding on smooth ribbons of serene hardpack. The latest model, the Joplin 2. 0, is even more aggressive, leading into terrain with a slacker head tube and the increased efficiency and tracking of Boost axles. It's built here with a kit that encourages aggression: SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain combines the Eagle line's ultimate bailout gear to the workhorse, fear-no-trail-furniture functionality of GX. The Joplin's developmental arc has been the same as Santa Cruz's Tallboy, and it culminates with the 2. 0 model's modern touches: Boost spacing, a slacker profile, enduro-inspired suspension links, and the protean flip chip. The key difference between the Joplin and the Tallboy is in the shock tune, with the former lightening up a bit for lighter riders. Juliana calculates that typical women cyclists are around 30lb lighter than men, so the Joplin's lighter shock tune allows lighter riders to take full advantage of the bike's 5in of VPP travel. In the end, it's a tale of suspension and geometry that's dramatic enough to rival the biography of fast-living young rock stars; however, like any good story, it has an O. Henry twist. In this case, that surprise ending is the flip chip. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in setups, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. The latest Joplin is Jul...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Juliana Joplin Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle complete mountain bike is remarkable for its ability to blend race-worthy XC efficiency with the poise and handling to take on big rides on technical trails. When it comes time to enjoy every pedal stroke while covering serious mileage in varied terrain, the Joplin is one of the very best tools available for the task. Part of the story of the Joplin's success is due to its ability to blur the lines between cross-country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Joplin accommodates both 27. 5+ wheels and 29in wheels, a split personality enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29in wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. The Joplin offers just over 4in of travel through the latest version of Juliana's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Joplin's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. While the excellent suspension plays a large role in what the Joplin's cooking, a key part of the bike's secret sauce is its carefully tuned geometry. At 68 degrees, the head angle is sufficiently nimble for changing direction at the drop of a hat while remaining stable and composed at high speed. The 17-inch chainstays follow suit by further enhancing the bike's ability to dice terrain while...
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Juliana Joplin 2.1 AL Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Juliana Joplin 2.1 AL Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Not content to be a one-trick pony, the Juliana Joplin 2. 1 AL Mountain Bike Frame seamlessly transitions from grueling cross-country races to trail rides where sweeping berms, rock rolls, and elevated bridges pose a challenge to your skills. Although it could be categorized as a fast-rolling XC machine in 29er form, the Joplin 2. 0 doesn't like to be pigeonholed, defying its short-travel genre with progressive trail geometry, plus the ability to switch between 29-inch and 27. 5+ wheels with its flip-chip linkage. This particular frame has aluminum construction for reliable strength without the higher price of its carbon brethren. Taking design cues from Santa Cruz's iconic Tallboy, the Joplin 2. 1 blurs the line between razor-sharp XC scalpel and spirited trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with Juliana's recommendation for running either a 120 or 130-millimeter fork (for 29ers or 27. 5+). This combination of shorter travel out back with extra plushness out front makes it pedal with resounding efficiency, but with a bit more margin for error when you're dropping into rocky descents and sending side-hits along the trail. Where the Joplin differs from the Tallboy lies within its female-specific shock tune. By tuning the Fox Float Performance DPS shock for lighter riders, it feels more active tracking over speed-sapping rocks and roots. The VPP suspension gets 10-millimeters of extra travel over the previous Joplin 1. 0, aligning the newest Joplin with the current crop of do-it-all trail rigs with approximately 4. 5-inches of travel. Not only is the travel a bit more substantial at 4. 5 inches/110 millimeters, but the revised VPP platform makes it perform better, so you can squeeze every last drop of bump-compliance out of the suspension. Juliana engineered it to be more supple off-the-top, meaning you'll gain better traction when you're riding over bumpy rock and root sections. The shock's ramp-up arc remains more consistent until the en...
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Juliana Joplin 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Juliana Joplin 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Blurring the line between cross-country efficiency and trail composure, Juliana Joplin 2. 1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame effortlessly transitions from the blistering pace of XC races to rowdy trail rides littered with volcanic outcroppings, banked turns through the trees, and elevated bridge crossings. Although many would call the Joplin 2. 1 a fast-rolling XC machine in 29er form, it defies categorization with its flip-chip linkage switching between 29 and 27. 5+ wheels--all without significantly altering geometry or messing with suspension kinematics. The flip-chip is key to the Joplin 2. 1's dual personality, easily transitioning from the momentum-carrying benefits of a 29er to the massive traction and rock-plowing ability of 27. 5+ wheels. This top-shelf version of the Joplin 2. 1 receives Juliana's Carbon CC frame for a weight savings in the neighborhood of 280 grams, versus the lower-priced Carbon C frame. This is a significant weight savings that's likely to appeal to the competitive cross-country racer or discerning trail rider looking to shave every possible ounce from their ride. And even though it's lighter than Juliana's lower-priced Carbon C frame, you'll be pleased to note it's every bit as strong and stiff, so you won't sacrifice anything in terms structural integrity or ride characteristics. Borrowing design cues from Santa Cruz's iconic Tallboy, the Joplin 2. 1 blurs the line between razor-sharp XC scalpel and spirited trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with Juliana's recommendation for running either a 120 or 130-millimeter fork (29er/27. 5+). The combination of shorter travel out back with extra plushness out front makes it pedal with resounding efficiency, but with greater margin for error when you're dropping into rocky descents. Where the Joplin differs from the Tallboy lies within its female-specific shock tune, which is targeted towards the lighter bodies of female riders. By tuning the Fox Float Factory DPS sho...
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Juliana Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
When it comes to rolling over rocks, the name Joplin is a big one to live up to. Juliana's latest effort on that front, the Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike, meets expectations with an impressive list of hits. These include a set of ENVE M60 Forty wheels, a SRAM XX1 and Race Face drivetrain, Boost thru-axles, and the ability to switch between 29in wheels and 27. 5+ without altering its geometry. It also benefits from the reworked linkage and the third generation VPP suspension that we've been seeing on the latest models from Juliana's brother company, Santa Cruz Bicycles. The Joplin is the first Juliana to incorporate all of these features, and it's all-in on the aggression front -- a fact made all the more apparent with the inclusion of beefier M60 Forty wheels instead of the previous Joplin's XC-specific M50 Fifty. The Joplin's developmental arc has been the same as Santa Cruz's Tallboy, and it culminates today in some modern touches like Boost spacing, enduro-inspired suspension links, and the protean flip chip. The key difference between the Joplin and the Tallboy is in the shock tune, with the former lightening up a bit for lighter riders. Juliana calculates that typical women cyclists are around 30lb lighter than men, so the Joplin's lighter shock tune allows lighter riders to take full advantage of the bike's 4. 5in of VPP travel. In the end, it's a tale of suspension and geometry that's dramatic enough to rival the biography of fast-living young rock stars; however, like any good story, it has an O. Henry twist. In this case, that surprise ending is the flip chip. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in setups, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. The latest Joplin is Juliana's first use of Santa Cruz's flip chip, which originally ...
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Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon CC X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon CC X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Ripping fast and rowdy descents with high-speed composure and A-line confidence, the Juliana Roubion 2. 0 Carbon CC XO1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike tenaciously devours anything standing in its path with its six inches of VPP travel paired with a progressively slack geometry. The Roubion 2. 0's raw aggression makes it the go-to choice for riders tackling some of the most technical trails on the continent, from the steep-and-gnarly rock rolls of Squamish, BC to brutal trails of jagged rock along the Colorado Plateau of Southern Utah. Although it's been surpassed in the travel department by Juliana's freeride-specific Strega, the Roubion 2. 0 retains its enduro race-bred roots with six inches of VPP travel gobbling up anything standing in your path--all without compromising your ability to climb the steepest trails for the fast and flowing descent that follows. For 2017, Juliana carries over the VPP3 suspension tweaks seen on the 2. 0's release in mid-2016, notably a subtle redesign in the top suspension linkage, where it now connects to the top tube, as well as neatly tucking the lower link above the bottom bracket. This subtle redesign makes it increasingly stiff while protecting the lower linkage from damaging rock strikes and flinging trail debris. As you've come to expect from Juliana, this suspension meets the needs of lighter riders with a custom shock tune that makes the bike feel resoundingly responsive and tailored to the needs of the female rider. Notable geometry changes with the 2. 0 redesign include a slack head tube angle of 66 degrees for downhill composure at high speeds. Looking at the rear end, the chainstays measure a tick above the agile benchmark of 17 inches, which makes getting the rear end around corners easier while improving the bike's ability to lift the front over imposing trail obstacles, such as large rocks and gnarled root sections. The 13. 4-inch bottom bracket strikes a nice balance between stable handling and trail clearance, mean...
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Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Take flight with the Juliana Roubion 2. 0 Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain bike gobbling up anything standing in your way, from the steep rock rolls of Squamish, BC to jagged stretches of high-altitude trails crossing the Colorado Rockies. Six inches of VPP travel lends a greater margin of error for riding faster and harder than what's possible on shorter travel trail bikes, such as Juliana Furtado. Ultimately, where the Furtado is more of a precision instrument for dissecting tight sections of trail where maneuverability is key, the Roubion is an aggressive assault vehicle for blasting over imposing obstacles at high speeds. For 2017, Juliana carries over the VPP3 suspension tweaks seen on the 2. 0's release in mid-2016, notably a subtle redesign in the top suspension linkage, where it now connects to the top tube, as well as neatly tucking the lower link above the bottom bracket. This subtle redesign makes it more stiff while protecting the lower linkage from damaging rock strikes and flinging trail debris. As you've come to expect from Juliana, this suspension meets the needs of lighter riders with a custom shock tune that makes the bike feel all the more responsive and tailored to your specific needs as a female rider. Notable geometry changes with the redesign include a slack head tube angle of 66 degrees for downhill composure at high speeds. Looking at the rear end, the chainstays are a tick above the agile benchmark of 17 inches, which makes getting the rear end around corners easier while improving the bike's ability to lift the front over imposing trail obstacles, such as large rocks and root sections. The 13. 4-inch bottom bracket strikes a nice balance between stable handling and trail clearance, meaning you'll feel stable at high speeds, but without excess pedal strikes and clearance issues like some lower-slung bikes on the market. Juliana's impressive Carbon CC construction makes its way into this version of the Roubion 2. 0, which is approxim...
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Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Mountain biking can take you on some absolutely stunning and incredible adventures, but once in a while, it can trap you in some heart-palpitating storms far from any shelter, in rough and rocky places, being pelted with hail while you nervously count the seconds between lightning strikes and thunder. When your adventures take you to places that the faint of heart avoid at all costs, you need a burly bike that will carry you through the quest without hindering you. Designed so you never have to worry about whether your bike can handle the next rock garden ahead, the Juliana Roubion 2. 1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is hungry for steep downhills, big hits, drops, and getting rowdy. With long and slack geometry, 150mm of VPP suspension, and 27. 5in wheels, it's no wonder you feel so bombproof descending through chunder and shale on a Roubion. An essential piece to the puzzle in an aggressive all-mountain bike is the balance of slacked geometry with a pedal friendly suspension platform. The Roubion achieves this pedal-ability in a long bike by pairing their super slack 66-degree head tube with a steeper 74-degree seat tube, so you won't have a problem staying forward when climbing, so you can lay down maximum power, and reduce the ever-dreaded pedal bob. This steep seat tube angle also helps you keep your upper body in the perfect attack position for sharp corners, or rocky and rooty descents, so you have ultimate control in tracking in tough lines. To contrast, the slack 66-degree head tube angle stretches out your wheelbase for a long ride that lends its self to smoothness and stability descending. The Roubion is a beefier bike that can handle larger blows than the Furtado or Joplin, but find its self in a happy medium with a little less travel and more efficient pedaling than Juliana's new super enduro beast, the Strega. Juliana harnesses VPP to smooth out the chunky rocks you encounter on the Roubion, and with their FOX Float Factory DPX Kashima rear shoc...
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Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Juliana Roubion 2. 1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle complete bike has earned a devoted following worldwide of women who shred, hard. With responsive 27. 5 inch wheels and plenty of travel to take on technical trails in total control, this is an ideal steed for those who are constantly pushing their riding to new heights. Part of what's earned the Roubion such a rabid fanbase is its 150mm of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Roubion's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. The rest of the Roubion's formula for excellence is largely down to its impeccably refined geometry. The 66 degree head angle is stable and predictable when diving into steep chutes, and it's quick enough to make easy direction changes, which is easily appreciated when the trail throws a surprise your way. At 17 inches, the chainstays strike a nice balance between being short enough to turn quickly, and long enough to maintain weight on the front wheel, especially when hanging off the back on descents. At 13. 4 inches, its bottom bracket height is plenty low to remain planted in bike park style berms and off camber corners, but it's just high enough to keep your pedals from hitting rocks and trail debris. Where some other bikes go to extremes, the Roubion's strength is its balance, of which it has plenty to spare. The Rubion is built using Juliana's top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Juliana is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these...
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Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Purposely designed for aggressive styles of all-mountain riding, the Juliana Roubion 2. 1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike demolishes chunky rock lines and rips alpine descents with unflappable poise. 150 millimeters of VPP travel smooths out the roughest terrain without flinching, making it well suited for rallying it over large piles of rocks, sending bigger drops, and even dropping into the lift-accessed runs at the resort. And seeing that Juliana tailors their bikes specifically for females, you'll find the Fox Float Performance DPS shock it tuned specifically for the needs of lighter riders. This makes it all the more sensitive when you're pedaling over rock and root impediments standing in your way. As the second-generation Roubion, you'll find it channels aggression into high-speed stability with its slacker geometry and longer wheelbase. This aggressive geometry makes the Roubion best suited for conquering demanding alpine terrain and rocky descents where short-travel trail bikes would be overwhelmed. The 66-degree head tube angle provides stability when you're opening it up at higher speeds and dropping into steep descents. The longer reach provides a roomy cockpit, so you're never cramped or uncomfortable while riding the Roubion across large swaths of alpine terrain. Furthermore, its snappy 17-inch chainstays keep it agile when you're cleaning tight switchbacks and ripping around berms. This particular version of the Roubion benefits from Juliana's Carbon C frame, which provides exceptional stiffness that transfers every pedal stroke into forward momentum. It's also incredibly tough, withstanding the regular thrashings you're bound to subject this bike to. Internal cable routing cleans up its overall aesthetic while keeping muck from clinging to all your bike cables. Another subtle, yet all-too-important feature is the threaded bottom bracket, which resists the annoying creaks you're bound to get with a press fit bottom bracket. The big story with th...
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Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Roubion 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Harness aggression into flat-out speed on the mountain with the Juliana Roubion 2. 1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike. Purposely designed for aggressive styles of all-mountain riding and professional enduro racing, the Roubion demolishes chunky rock lines and rips alpine descents with unflappable composure. 150 millimeters of VPP travel smooths out the roughest terrain without flinching, making it an unstoppable force for all-mountain and enduro disciplines where larger rock gardens, steep descents, and bigger hits pose a significant challenge. Seeing that Juliana tailors their bikes for the needs of female rippers, you'll find the Roubion's tuned specifically for lighter riders with its female-specific shock tune. This makes it all the more sensitive when you're pedaling over roots and rocks standing in your way. The second-gen Roubion is longer, slacker, and more aggressive than the predecessor, meaning it's far more stable and confident charging at higher speeds. This aggressive geometry makes the Roubion well suited for conquering demanding alpine terrain and rocky descents where short-travel bikes would be overwhelmed. The 66-degree head tube angle provides stability when you're opening it up at higher speeds and dropping into steep, rocky descents. The longer reach provides a roomy cockpit, so you're never cramped or uncomfortable riding the Roubion for long distances. Furthermore, the snappy 17-inch chainstays keep it quick turning and agile around tight switchbacks and sweeping berms. This particular version of the Roubion gets Juliana's Carbon C frame, which provides high levels of stiffness and strength, transferring every pedal stroke into forward momentum. It's also incredibly tough, withstanding the regular thrashings you'll be subjecting this aggressive bike to. Internal cable routing cleans up its overall aesthetic while protecting cables from muck and trail grime. Another subtle, yet important feature is the threaded bottom bracket, which prevent...
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Juliana Strega Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Strega Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Strega must have been conjured from a cauldron full of rock gardens, rooty tree lines, gravity, and carbon fiber, with an engineer's finger or toe thrown in for good measure. Wicked-slack angles and bewitching suspension design are combined into a bike that's so capable it's spooky. The Juliana Strega Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike, aptly named after the Italian word for witch, may be able to fly down mountains with no hesitation, casting spells on riders every witch way, but it's best if you don't burn it, it may feel bombproof, but we make no guarantees that this witch isn't flammable. Diving deep into the dark of it, The Strega is not designed for just any woman who reaches for a mountain bike, it yearns for women who want to ride like a bat out of hell through the roughest terrain. The unwavering stability necessary for this kind of riding is achieved through an incredibly slack head tube angle, which is adjustable with the flip of a flip-chip on the linkage, so you can customize the ride from the High, enduro and gravity hungry 65-degree head tube angle, to the downhill centric 64. 5 degrees, which drops the bottom bracket and elongates the wheelbase. We all hear about long and low geometry in mountain bikes so often that we might think someone may have hexed us, but the Strega is so slacked out it's impossible not to comment on the length of the wheelbase. With just over a 47in wheelbase in size Medium (low geometry setting), the Strega is incredibly long and stable, and the slackest women's specific bike currently on the market. When the long wheelbase is paired with short chainstays for a responsive rear end, and a seat tube angle that's even steeper than the Roubion at 74. 5-degrees, you've got a long-travel bike that is still happy to be pedaled up steep climbs, so you're not cursed to a life of nothing but shuttles and lift access riding. The Strega's VPP suspension design takes some ques from the Santa Cruz V10 with it's lower link locatio...
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Juliana Strega Carbon C S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Strega Carbon C S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Strega is the Italian word for witch and we are not sure if the folks at Juliana picked the name first or the color as it matches a certain skin tone of the Wicked Witch of the west pretty close. Either way, you're in for a wicked good time as you and Toto get aggressive with the Strega's slack angles and efficient yet plush VPP suspension design. The Juliana Strega Carbon C S Complete Mountain Bike packs all the features you would want in a hard-hitting trail bike and give you all the speed you'll need keeping you from getting burned at the stake.The Strega is unique in the world of women's mountain bikes. It certainly takes a witchy woman to extract all that is on offer from this big-hit bike and it is the rowdiest most capable women's bike we have come across. An incredibly slack head tube angle is adjustable with a simple re-position of the flip-chip on the linkage, so you can customize the ride from the higher, enduro and trail taming 65-degree head tube angle, to a downhill worthy 64. 5 degrees. This in turn drops the bottom bracket and elongates the wheelbase. Low and slack indeed, offering plenty of composition at speed yet agile enough you can still take the bike anywhere and have a fun ride. Key in allowing this bike to pedal well up sheer terrain is the steep 74. 5-degrees seattube angle. You can really get your weight forward encouraging you to attempt the sharpest uphill switchbacks without resulting in extreme body-English while your power is right over the pedals. The Strega's VPP suspension design takes design ques from the Santa Cruz V10 and Nomad with its lower link location. Nestled in the lower-link is the RockShox Super Deluxe R shock, with nearly 7 inches of suspension, positioned in a way to keep the bikes center-of-gravity as low as possible. No detail goes unnoticed with the Julina team and the shock has its own fender shielding it from errant trail debris. This location also creates the most progressive VPP platform in the Juliana line...
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Juliana Strega Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Strega Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We are not one to judge a book by its cover but we are here to tell you the Juliana Strega Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike does actually ride as good as it looks. All it wants to do is have you pilot it through the biggest lines at the park or take it out for that backcountry epic you have planned for months. Named after the Italian word for witch, we think your riding partners will be green with envy at first glance and spellbound with your new found aggression of attacking the trails.Juliana crafted a bike that is without equal in the women's market, and we know of no other bike that is this capable with its 170 millimeters of VPP travel. For the demanding rider desiring a long-travel bike to progress their skills across jumps, scary steeps, and technical alpine terrain, the Strega is willing and able. If getting butterflies in your stomach when you are about to drop in on the weekend shuttle, or playing rock-paper-scissors on the lift to see who goes first is what you live for, you have met your match.One of the first things you'll notice with the Strega is its reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that marks a radical departure from the likes of the Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock location takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned as a World Cup DH weapon of choice. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more linear and supple throughout its stroke, allowing it to never be phased over the roughest terrain and provide a bottomless feel like that of a good DH bike. Juliana does take the extra step of employing a custom shock tune designed for the lighter builds of female riders, meaning it'll be more active and not as harsh as shock tunes for the average male.Geometry wise, the numbers have the Strega at a black diamond inspiring 65-degree head tube angle in the high geometry setting making it the slackest women's bike on the market. Not too long ago this was in the realm of DH on...
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Juliana Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Juliana Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Just one glance at the intriguing lines, flashy paint scheme, and gravity-inspired shock configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is all that's required to evoke thoughts of scintillating downhill laps and epic rides over formidable alpine terrain. Fittingly named after the Italian word for witch, we'd be lying if we didn't admit our spellbinding desire to the Strega's gorgeous aesthetics paired with a mix of aggressive geometry, smooth suspension, and top-flight Carbon CC frame. Juliana set out to create a bike without equal in the world of women's market, throwing preconceived notions aside in favor of what women desire in a mountain bike with its 170-millimeters of VPP travel. That being said, it's purely intended for the demanding rider seeking a long-travel bike to push their ever-progressing skills over no-fall lines, rowdy rock gardens, and seriously treacherous descents. Ultimately, it's the type of bike for those pouring every bit of passion into their riding, regardless if it's lift-accessed downhills on the weekends or self-propelled adventures deep into the alpine wilderness. One of the first things you'll notice with the Strega is the reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's radically different from the likes of Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned for its dominance on the pro downhill circuit. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more consistent and linear throughout its stroke, tracking to steep descents and dicey lines in a smooth, supple fashion much like a downhill rig. Another important detail, Juliana employs a custom shock tune for the lighter bodies of female riders, making it more responsive when you're pedaling and descending over rugged stretches of trail. Looking at the Strega's geometry, you'll notice its 65-degree head tube angle (in high geometry setting) makes it the slackest women's-speci...
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Juliana Strega Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Strega Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
A mere glimpse of the spellbinding lines, alluring paint scheme, and gravity-inspired shock configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC XO1 Complete Mountain Bike conjures up daydreams of flying downhill at high rates of speed, sending intimidating freeride lines, and conquering hour-long descents in epic alpine terrain. Fittingly named from the Italian word for witch, the Strega mesmerizes fellow riders and onlookers with its drop-dead gorgeous aesthetics paired with aggressive geometry, smooth suspension feel, and exceptional Carbon CC frame. Creating a long-travel bike without equal in the women's market, Juliana tossed preconceived notions aside of what ladies desire in an aggressive mountain bike in designing the Strega. Packing 170 millimeters of VPP travel, the Strega is purely intended for the demanding female rider seeking a long-travel bike to keep up with their progressing skills across big hits, scary steeps, and technical alpine terrain. Ultimately, it's the type of bike for those pouring their heart and soul into every ride, whether it's weekend shuttle runs on downhill-dedicated trails or self-propelled adventures deep into high-alpine terrain. The first thing you'll notice with the Strega lies within its reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's radically different than the likes of Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock location takes cues directly from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned on the professional downhill circuit for numerous victories against the fastest riders in the world. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more consistent and supple throughout its stroke, allowing it to track smoothly across steep and rugged terrain, much like a dedicated downhill bike. Another thing to note, Juliana employs a custom shock tune that's designed for the lighter builds of female riders, meaning it'll feel more responsive and not overly harsh like male-specific shock tunes. Delving...
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Juliana Strega Carbon CC X01 Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Juliana Strega Carbon CC X01 Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Smash every line in the park and dominate any trail on this mesmerizing, gravity-fueled configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC X01 Reserve Complete Mountain Bike. If you love flying down rough trails with reckless abandon, sending it off every jump and drop, or shuttling extended DH runs, you'd be hard pressed to find a more capable trail ally. The Italians use the word Strega, meaning witch, and this bike is ready to cast a spell on other riders with its beautiful lines and paint, paired with aggressive geometry, plush travel, and exquisite Carbon CC frame.The Strega is unique in the world of women-specific bikes. Juliana took the ideas of what other manufactures deemed desirable in a women's bike and cast it aside when designing the Strega. Sporting 170 millimeters of quality VPP travel, the Strega is positioned directly at the aggressive female rider seeking a longer travel bike helping them progress with the confidence to send it across big gaps, vertical drops, and big boulder fields. Flow trails and lift access will never be the same after you throw a leg over this bike and you'll be hitting lines that will leave lesser bikes shaking in their tubeless tires.The Strega shares DNA with its brother the Nomad and like it, receives the new reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's a departure from the likes of the Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This new shock location takes cues from the DH World Cup winning Santa Cruz V10. On the Strega, the new shock placement gives a very linear feel that is super plush throughout its stroke so you can attack the steepest, roughest lines and let the suspension do its job, much like a full-on downhill bike. The Strega, like the rest of the Juliana line, specs a custom lighter shock tune on the Rock Shox Super Deluxe that's designed for smaller build female riders, so it'll be more supple off the top and you'll be able to use all of the travel.The Strega's geometry inspires confidence in ...
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Niner AIR 9 27.5+ 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner AIR 9 27.5+ 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Hardtails are still a hoot and Niner's AIR 9 27. 5+ 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike brings big tires and progressive geometry to the party, proving that you don't have to have rear squish to have fun. Built up with a solid kit, this bike is packed full of value and would make an exceptional first bike or if you're looking to step up your mountain bike game. Niner starts this build with a hydroformed aluminum frame for a lightweight ride with excellent trail feel. Using a multi stage hydroforming process, a straight gauge tube is butted and mechanically formed in preparation for the hydroforming process. Up next is multi-stage hydroforming, which is a series of molds used in sequence to creates complex shapes. Multiple steps might take longer but Niner is able to reduce weight and achieve higher strength. Hydroforming utilizes molds and fluid pressure to form metal tubes into the shapes best suited to the locations on the bike. These molds are created to the desired end shape, and tubes are placed in them while high pressure hydraulic fluid is pumped in causing the tube to expand until it conforms to the desired shape. The 120mm FOX 34 Float Rhythm fork with Grip damper and EVOL air spring provide plush travel at the front and plenty of adjustment for dialing it in for your terrain and riding style. The tapered headtube sits at 68-degrees and lets you hang it out on the descents and still have the ability to pick just the right lines on uphill switchbacks. The stubby 17-inch chainstays let you slalom through the tight trees and makes manualing and wheelies a breeze. Built up in this configuration, this Air 9 features SRAM's GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain giving you the same wide range as SRAM's higher tier offerings. Should you feel the need to run additional gearing, the frame can accommodate a front sideswing derailleur if bikepacking is in your future. Adding to the versatility, the PF30 bottom bracket shell can house Niner's BioCentric 30 for singlespeed u...
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Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
While we've been known to rip some gnarly trails on a cyclocross rig and bask in the adrenaline rush of simply surviving with life and limb intact, we'll readily admit that sometimes a little bit of squish would make the ride a lot bit better. For those of us that love to ride fast and revel in the challenge of nimbly picking through technical, rocky sections that full suspension whips plow indiscriminately through, Niner drops the Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame. With a Boosted rear axle spacing and tweaked geometry, this hardtail is ready to shred. The most notable changes include a lower handlebar height, giving the Air 9 a nudge towards the venerable RKT 9 RDO's aggressive positioning. Paired with a longer cockpit and slacker head tube, this makes for a frame that handles deftly on knife-edge lines and jumps the second you need it to. Compared to the previous Air 9 the chainstays scrunched in by 4mm to 435mm for lightning fast acceleration and nimble handing without crossing over into jumpy, squirrely territory. The new Air 9 RDO also sizes down its seatpost diameter to 27. 2mm to take advantage of that little bit of extra flex and resulting comfort found in a narrower post. Out back, this year's model now boasts another different dimension; namely, a 12 x 148mm Boost axle width, keeping it in line with current trends for wider hubs and stiffer wheelsets. Niner also tucks the brake caliper mounts on the chainstay, neatly within the rear triangle. This makes sense from a frame building standpoint, as the seatstay is generally the burlier of the two rear stays and the placement protects the caliper somewhat in the event of a crash. We also think that particular placement just plain looks better than an ungainly bump hovering above a seatstay. As with Niner's other RDO offerings, the Air 9 RDO is constructed using Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS), which gives Niner complete control over tube wall thickness across the frame. This makes for tube walls that ...
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Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Destined for crushing miles of rolling singletrack and toeing the line on race day, the Niner 2018 Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame delivers blistering acceleration and nimble handling for ripping across forest networks and blowing the doors off the competition. It's upgraded with Boost rear spacing and tweaked geometry for 2018, making it more capable at holding a line through rugged terrain without sacrificing its razor-like precision. The most notable changes include a lower handlebar height, giving the Air 9 a nudge towards the venerable RKT 9 RDO's aggressive positioning. Paired with a longer cockpit and slacker head tube, this makes for a frame that handles deftly on knife-edge lines and jumps the second you need it to. Compared to the previous Air 9 the chainstays scrunched in by 4mm to 435mm for lightning fast acceleration and nimble handing without crossing over into jumpy, squirrely territory. The new Air 9 RDO also sizes down its seatpost diameter to 27. 2mm to take advantage of that little bit of extra flex and resulting comfort found in a narrower post. Out back, this year's model now boasts another different dimension; namely, a 12 x 148mm Boost axle width, keeping it in line with current trends for wider hubs and stiffer wheelsets. Niner also tucks the brake caliper mounts on the chainstay, neatly within the rear triangle. This makes sense from a frame building standpoint, as the seatstay is generally the burlier of the two rear stays and the placement protects the caliper somewhat in the event of a crash. We also think that particular placement just plain looks better than an ungainly bump hovering above a seatstay. As with Niner's other RDO offerings, the Air 9 RDO is constructed using Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS), which gives Niner complete control over tube wall thickness across the frame. This makes for tube walls that are virtually perfect, reduces the amount of materials required, and eliminates excess resin build-up. The result is...
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Niner Jet 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The similarities between the 2016 and 2017 Jet 9 RDOs lie mostly in the name, with this year's version seeing some drastic changes that usher this much-loved trail machine into a whole new world of versatility. The 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike is longer across the top, steeper out back, and slacker up front. Add in 20 more millimeters of Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) travel than its predecessor, and this Jet 9 is better at just about everything that made the original such a favorite. Whether you're grinding climbs, shredding descents, or powering through fast, flowy singletrack, the Jet 9 RDO lives up to its versatile reputation. This particular build gets kitted up in Shimano's workhorse SLX componentry, a dropper post, and Niner Alloy hoops. As with most bikes in the current trail generation, the key element underwriting the new Jet 9's versatile geometry is its Boost rear axle. Bumping the spacing up to 148mm lets Niner chop 21mm off of chainstays by slamming the rear wheel up into the seat tube. The seat tube contributes to that versatility, too. Despite the fact that the 2017 Jet 9 comes with 130mm of front travel, it's got the same seat tube angle as the 2016 Jet 9 with a 100mm fork. Adding 30mm up front would typically force you out of the bike's center; however, the new Jet 9's geometry keeps you on top of the pedals while the included dropper post allows you to clear out some cockpit space so you can throw the bike around on descents. The bike's updates shine at the front end, too. In 2016, the Jet 9 was limited to a 71 or 70. 5-degree head tube, depending on whether you were running a 100 or 110mm fork. For 2017 (as configured here), it drops to 67. 5 degrees. This puts the Jet 9 right on the cusp of moderate stability and enduro abandon. When paired with the new iteration's longer reach and shorter stem, that angle means the bike can ride roughshod across all manner of trail furniture without sacrificing responsive steering...
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Niner Jet 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike - 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike - 2017
2017 sees some drastic changes to the Jet 9 platform to push the much-loved trail machine into a whole new dimension of versatility. The new Niner Jet 9 RDO 27. 5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike is slacker up front, steeper out back, longer across the top, and boasts 20mm more travel than its predecessor to take on ever gnarlier terrain. It also gets 27. 5+ compatibility, as outfitted here, while still retaining the option to swap over to 29in wheels should you want to get some use out of that set gathering dust in your garage. This particular build gets kitted up in Shimano's workhorse SLX drivetrain, with a dropper post and Stan's NoTubes alloy hoops completing a versatile package that's ready to tackle grinding climbs, shred descents, or power through fast, flowy singletrack.As with most bikes in the current trail generation, the key element underwriting the new Jet 9's versatile geometry is its Boost rear axle. Bumping the spacing up to 148mm lets Niner chop 21mm off of chainstays by slamming the rear wheel up into the seat tube. The seat tube contributes to that versatility, too. Despite the fact that the 2017 Jet 9 comes with 140mm of front travel, its seat tube angle nearly identical to the 2016 Jet 9 with a 100mm fork. Adding 40mm up front would typically force you out of the bike's center; however, the new Jet 9's geometry and plus-sized wheels keep you on top of the pedals while the included dropper post allows you to clear out some cockpit space so you can throw the bike around on descents.The bike's updates shine at the front end, too. In 2016, the Jet 9 was limited to a 71 or 70. 5-degree head tube, depending on whether you were running a 100 or 110mm fork. For 2017 (as configured here), it drops to 67 degrees. This puts the Jet 9 right on the cusp of moderate stability and enduro abandon. When paired with the new iteration's longer reach and shorter stem, that angle means the bike can ride roughshod across all manner of trail furniture without sacrifici...
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Niner JET 9 RDO 27.5+ 3-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner JET 9 RDO 27.5+ 3-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We've been convinced by Niner's ability to dominate the market of 29er bikes for some time, and we'll admit we were a bit shocked by the sudden drift their designers took to adopt the 27. 5+ wheel, but after one ride, we're convinced. The Niner Jet 9 RDO 27. 5+ 3-Star GX Eagle complete mountain bike has managed to capture the trail-ready geometry of a Niner all-mountain bike, with the added plush squish of a plus sized tire. This extra plush-take on the Jet 9 lands you with a bike that soaks up extra blows, and grips corners like it's going out of style, while still riding with the squat-free pedal stroke of CVA suspension. When things started out for Niner Bikes, it was apparent from the name alone that their founders had a strong belief that 29-inch wheels were the superior mode of transportation on a mountain bike, and their designers more or less defined the category of proper 29er geometry. This particular 3-Star GX Eagle build holds true to those roots, but allows for the flexibility to swap to a whole new tire size all together, the 27. 5+. This model comes to you with 27. 5+ wheels, ready to soak up the rocks and sink tread into loose banked turns for secure cornering and a plush ride. Since Boost spacing allowed engineers to widen the hub spacing to a lofty 148mm, the rear end can now charge down the mountain with up to a 27. 5 x 3-inch tire with enough clearance for mud. It's easy to swap the bike back to a 29er, if you feel so inclined, by simply removing an air spring from the fork to drop it 10mm, or removing the 15mm bottom-headset cup. The latest update to the Niner Jet 9 RDO frame moved the speedy XC race geometry, and gave it a bit of a makeover to make it a better all-around trail bike for sending it on the whole mountain. An additional 20mm of travel was added to the Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) rear suspension, which brings the total to 120mm, and added the ability to swap back and forth between 29er and 27. 5+ wheels. The headtube moved a...
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Niner Jet 9 RDO 27.5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO 27.5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The latest addition to Niner's trail bike team is--wait for it--27. 5+ compatible. Given that Niner is literally named after wagon wheels, the Jet 9 RDO 27. 5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike's brave departure may initially be unsettling to the brand faithful; however, we're confident that the added capabilities of 27. 5+ will more than win over any 29er heroes. The new wheel size isn't the only big change, though. The 2017 Jet 9 represents a radical departure from the previous Jet geometry. It's now longer across the top, slacker up front, steeper out back, and has 20 more millimeters of Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) travel. When combined with the plush traction of the 27. 5+ platform, these changes equate to better climbing and--more importantly--a more aggressive approach to trail furniture typically reserved for all-mountain bikes. As with most bikes in the current trail generation, the key element underwriting the new Jet 9's versatile geometry is its Boost rear axle. Bumping the spacing up to 148mm lets Niner chop 21mm off of chainstays by slamming the rear wheel up into the seat tube. The extra clearance also allows for 3in tires on 27. 5 rims, which equates to more traction across rain-slicked roots and a bit more cushion when the terrain gets chunky. The steeper seat tube keeps you centered over the pedals for more efficient climbing while the included dropper post allows you to clear out some cockpit space so you can throw the bike around on descents. The 27. 5+ Jet 9 also includes a deeper fork, running 140mm instead of the 29er model's 130. This keeps the geometry relatively in line across wheel sizes, though the 27. 5+ version does shed an extra half degree in the head tube. This positions the 27. 5+ Jet 9 that much closer to enduro nastiness. It also pairs nicely with the new iteration's longer reach and shorter stem, making for a bike that can ride roughshod across all manner of trail furniture without sacrificing responsive steering. Slack head tu.
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Niner JET 9 RDO 29 1-Star NX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner JET 9 RDO 29 1-Star NX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Niner took what we knew of the original Jet 9 and completely redesigned it sufficiently enough that it went from a cross country race bike to a way more capable trail machine. The JET 9 RDO 29 1-Star NX Complete Mountain Bike not only added more travel but modernized the geometry for composed descending at speed and all-day pedaling on more aggressive trails. The reach is longer, the seattube is steeper, and the headtube is slacker. Those changes make the bike more fun to ride in almost every situation. Whether its technical climbs, chunky descents, or flowing in fast, buff singletrack, the Jet 9 RDO handles it all in stride. This particular build receives SRAM's value packed NX group, KS Lev dropper post, and FOX suspension.Boost rear spacing was instrumental in allowing Niner to alter the geometry and align it with numbers seen on modern trail bikes. Chainstays got wider for clearance and saw 21mm hacked from them so the handling is quick and tight trails are a breeze. The steeper seat tube angle also contributes to the quick handling and helps the pedaling in steep terrain. Your position is now more on top of the pedals putting you in a better attack position and the KS dropper post gets the saddle out of the way making the bike easy to rally on the way down.The updated headtube angle sees a 6 as a starting number for the first time on a Jet at 67. 5-degrees. This hits the sweet spot of high speed stability and keeps it agile enough that the bike doesn't have to be ridden wide open all the time for it to feel alive. The increased reach and short stem increases the bikes responsiveness without losing weight on the front wheel so you don't lose traction in the turns. The Jet 9 continues the nimble handling mantra of Niner's acclaimed geometry while now able to tackle a whole new breed of trails, or your older ones at a higher rate of speed.Thankfully, Niner's Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction process remains unchanged. This is a great, as Niner's carbon p...
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Niner JET 9 RDO 29 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner JET 9 RDO 29 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Bouncing back and forth from XC to trail can be tricky on your race-geometry rocket, and many trail bikes are a bit too-slacked out for the agility you want when spinning around your local XC trail network. Enter the redesigned Niner Jet 9 RDO 29 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. Redesigned for 2018, with slacker angles than before, so you can send it down gnarlier trails and gobble up rocks that would have sent you flying in past years, this trail-ready bike combines some of the agility of its XC jet-pack roots with the growing demand riders have for longer and lower geometry to dominate the whole mountain. When things started out for Niner Bikes, it was apparent from the name alone that their founders had a strong belief that 29-inch wheels were the superior mode of transportation on a mountain bike, and their designers more or less defined the category of proper 29er geometry. This particular 2-Star GX Eagle build holds true to those roots, but allows for the flexibility to swap to a whole new tire size all together, the 27. 5+. It comes stock with Niner's own 29-inch alloy hoops, so you'll have the quick rolling readiness of a 29er, but with the coming of Boost 148mm rear hub spacing, the hub is widened and creates the room you need to throw on a smaller rim with a beefier tire, should you be feeling experimental, or just want to find out what this whole 27+ craze is all about. The latest update to the Niner Jet 9 RDO frame moved the speedy XC race geometry, and gave it a bit of a makeover to make it a better all-around trail bike for sending it on the whole mountain. An additional 20mm of travel was added to the Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) rear suspension, which brings the total to 120mm, and added the ability to swap back and forth between 29er and 27. 5+ wheels. The headtube moved a bit slacker, the seattube steeper, and the reach stretched out a bit longer, making the Jet 9 a much more trail-hungry beast than in previous years. For those worrie...
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Niner Jet 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Bike - 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Bike - 2017
It's not a far stretch to say that the Niner engineers went back to the drawing board and rebuilt the Jet 9 from the ground up. Similar in name but drastically different in geometry, the 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Bike goes much further than merely adding travel. It's longer across the top, steeper out back, slacker up front, and better at just about everything that made the original Jet 9 such a standout. Whether you're grinding climbs, bombing descents, or reveling in fast, flowy singletrack, the Jet 9 RDO lives up to its versatile reputation. This particular build gets kitted up in Shimano's lauded XT componentry, a dropper post, and Stan's NoTubes Arch MK3 hoops. As with most bikes in the current trail generation, the key element underwriting the new Jet 9's versatile geometry is its Boost rear axle. Bumping the spacing up to 148mm lets Niner chop 21mm off of chainstays by slamming the rear wheel up into the seat tube. The seat tube contributes to that versatility, too. Despite the fact that the 2017 Jet 9 comes with 130mm of front travel, it's got the same seat tube angle as the 2016 Jet 9 with a 100mm fork. Adding 30mm up front would typically force you out of the bike's center; however, the new Jet 9's geometry keeps you on top of the pedals while the included dropper post allows you to clear out some cockpit space so you can throw the bike around on descents. The bike's updates shine at the front end, too. In 2016, the Jet 9 was limited to a 71 or 70. 5-degree head tube, depending on whether you were running a 100 or 110mm fork. For 2017 (as configured here), it drops to 67. 5 degrees. This puts the Jet 9 right on the cusp of moderate stability and enduro abandon. When paired with the new iteration's longer reach and shorter stem, that angle means the bike can ride roughshod across all manner of trail furniture without sacrificing responsive steering. Slack head tubes are fun, but we're occasionally frustrated by their muddy responsiveness....
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Niner JET 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Niner JET 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The latest Niner Jet RDO Mountain Bike Frame reboot took what we knew of the XC race rocket Jet, and gave it a facelift adding some features making it a better all-around trail bike. Niner added 20mm of additional travel to the Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) rear end bringing the total to 120mm and added the ability to swap back and forth between both 29er and 27. 5+ wheels. The headtube is now slacker, the seattube is steeper, reach has gotten longer, and all-in-all made the Jet an awesome mid-travel machine while the RKT steps in as the XC racehorse. We love the change and after just one ride, think you will too.The move to boost spacing allows Niner to update the geometry and by doing so, they hacked 21mm off of the chainstays moving the rear wheel underneath the rider. This contributes to quick climbing and handling, not lost from the original Jet, despite the longer travel. The steep seat tube angle also contributes here. Niner recommends paring a 130mm for 29-inich wheels and 140mm with 27. 5+ and despite the slacker front end, the seat tube angle remains similar to the older, steeper Jet 9 with its shorter travel fork. The steeper seattube keeps you on top of the pedals for more efficient pedaling, more intuitive handling, and prevents you from feeling like you threw a leg over a chopper.With the recommended fork length for 29 and 27. 5+ wheels the respective headtube angles sit at either 67. 5 or 67 degrees. In practice, that angle strikes a happy medium between a quick and agile trail machine and one that continues to add confidence as both speed and gradient increase. The move to a longer reach paired with a shorter stem lengthens the wheelbase so you won't think twice hucking the bike into a nasty rock garden, yet steers quick enough getting you through uphill and downhill switchbacks with ease.One thing that does remain the same on Niner's Race Day Optimized (RDO) frames are the materials and construction processes. Niner's compaction method squeez...
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Niner Jet 9 RDO SLX Fox Complete Bike with Stan's NoTubes Wheels Niner Jet 9 RDO SLX Fox Complete Bike with Stan's NoTubes Wheels
Let's face it, we could all use a bit more confidence when holding a line through chunky sections of trail, pedaling up a steep climb with technical moves, and dropping into fast descents where mistakes are costly. Realizing the modern trail rider is seeking something a bit more capable than the XC whippets of yesteryear, the savvy folks at Niner designed the Jet 9 RDO SLX Fox Complete Bike with confidence-inspiring geometry, so you can focus on having a blast on the trail, instead of merely making it down alive. The newest version sports 4. 7in of efficient, yet plush CVA suspension paired with a 5in Fox 34 Factory Fork to smooth out the rough stuff as you plunge into wicked descents. As you'd expect with modern trail bikes moving towards the aggressive end of the riding spectrum, the newest Jet 9 RDO is both slacker and longer than the previous generation for greater composure when the trail gets steep and rocky. You'll find the 67. 5-degree head tube angle strikes the sweet spot between light, precise steering inputs and high-speed confidence on the descent. Even though it's generously long in reach figures, the Jet 9 RDO is shorter in the chainstays, lending snappy handling when you're railing around sweeping berms and quickly changing direction to avoid obstacles. Overall, the Jet 9 RDO lives up to Niner's reputation of nimble wagon-wheel machines designed for riding fast and having fun. Another aspect of the redesign for the current generation of Jet 9 RDO lies in its ability to accept the voluminous rubber of 27. 5+ wheels, thanks to its Boost rear axle spacing. Bumping up the spacing to 148 millimeters enables the Jet 9 RDO to readily accept massive 3in tires should you feel the need to add another wheel size to your arsenal. If you're content with the provided 29in wheels, you'll find the frame clears a 29 x 2. 4in tire without issue, which remains standard for the rider seeking optimal grip and rolling speed without getting floppy in corners. Despite...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
For 2017, Niner's RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike resembles the previous iteration in name only. In fact, it almost resembles 2016's WFO more than the RIP that it's at least nominally replacing. The suspension is deeper, the head tube is slacker, the seat tube steeper, and chainstays stubbier, and the top tube longer--all of which puts it in a class capable of moving freely between trail and enduro. Some call this impossible; some call it versatile; we call it all-mountain; and Niner calls it the only possible way to improve on the previous RIP 9. Whatever you call it, the new RIP 9 owes much of its come-all-ye capabilities to the introduction of Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and two degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals. The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 160mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path--or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. In the event that discretion wins the day, the RIP 9's longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those dicey stays to navigate stretches of especially techy terrain. Either way, take solace in knowing that most of the bike's angles are similar to the WFO even though it maintains the precise handling of its predecessor. Given that mixed pedigree, the new RIP 9 enjoys playing in rock gardens as much as barreling over horst and graben rootscapes. So there's obviously a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain felicitously unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspe...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Some were surprised when Niner eschewed from the wheelsize that has emblazoned its downtube since their inception. The truth is, 27. 5 Plus' overall diameter isn't that different from 29ers and the added girth makes them so plush, and so grippy, if they fit in the frame and fork, why not try them out' Along with the redesigned Jet, the RIP 9 RDO 27. 5+ 2-Star GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike sees many upgrades including the ability to work with dual wheel sizes and more modern geometry. Slacker headtube, longer reach, and wheelbase, and steeper seatube have the new RIP 9 willing and able to gobble up steep chunder and daftly pick a line through tight, technical singletrack. This build gets SRAM's workhorse GX Eagle drivetrain, KS LEV dropper post, and Rock Shox Yari fork and FOX Float shock for all-mountain trail and enduro performance.The frame's versatility comes courteous of the Boost rear spacing. By widening the dropout spacing to 148mm, Niner was able to find enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays by 11mm. The other trick in modern mountain bike geometry is to steepen the seattube to properly weight the front end and place you, the rider, in a more powerful pedaling position. Niner goes 2. 5-degrees steeper and this helps the big bike pedal way better than a 6-inch bike should. Dropping the post when going downhill gets the saddle out of your way for added control and confidence.The short rear end keeps the bike nimble, but with a 66. 5-degree head tube and 170mm of FOX fork up front, it's doesn't mind plowing down the trail and offers a comfortable margin of error if lines get a bit hairy. The longer reach and short stem keep the handling intuitive, despite the aggressive demeanor, and you'll quickly learn that you can huck into some pretty gnarly terrain and get out of it intact.Despite the changes to the geometry Niner continues with their patented Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform and Race Day Optimized (RDO) c...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike - 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike - 2017
Niner's breaking tradition and expanding its options with the 2017 RIP 9 RDO 27. 5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike. Yes, you read that right. 27. 5+. That wheel and tire pairing is so nimble, so plush, and so grippy that we suppose it was only a matter of time. The frame itself is also somewhat expanded. Simultaneously slacker, longer, and even more responsive on climbs, the RIP 9's [R]Evolution geometry boasts the versatility to shred rock gardens and technical descents as eagerly as it scales steep grades. This build is kitted up with Shimano's workhorse SLX drivetrain, a dropper post, and Stan's NoTubes hoops to expand your definition of fun on the trail. The frame's versatility is heavily influenced by its Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and 2. 5 degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals. The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 170mm of RockShox forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path--or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. In the event that discretion wins the day, the RIP 9's longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those dicey stays to navigate stretches of especially techy terrain. There's obviously a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain pleasantly unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design. RDO involves a dual-compression process that eliminates resin pooling and allows precise control over wall-thickness. Reducing imperfections makes for a more structurally sound frame, and the targeted control over lay-up ...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
For 2017 RIP 9 RDO 27. 5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike, Niner took what was arguably the ultimate in trail bikes and threw in some tweaks to push it even further into the all-mountain realm. In doing so, it also ushers in 27. 5+ tires, an act of heresy that only makes sense in the Niner genre when you step back and see the similarity in circumference between that classic 29er tire and the smaller-wheeled, yet decidedly donut-sized 27. 5+ rabble-rouser. All at once Longer, slacker, and paradoxically more responsive on climbs, the RIP 9's versatile [R]Evolution geometry shreds rock gardens as eagerly as it scales steep grades. This build gets dressed up in Shimano's precisely-shifting workhourse XT drivetrain, a dropper post, and Stan's NoTubes hoops for a whole new level of fun in the dirt. The frame's versatility is heavily influenced by its Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and 2. 5 degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals. The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 170mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path--or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. In the event that discretion wins the day, the RIP 9's longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those dicey stays to navigate stretches of especially techy terrain. There's obviously a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain pleasantly unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design. RDO involves a dual-compression process that eliminates resin pooling and allows...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 5-Star Eagle X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 5-Star Eagle X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
If the 2016 iteration of Niner's RIP 9 is the ultimate trail bike, then its completely reimagined successor expands that empire to also include the all-mountain realm--but it does so through a decidedly heretical act. The RIP 9 RDO 27. 5+ 5-Star Eagle X01 Complete Mountain Bike multiplies every aspect that made its predecessor so successful. Longer, slacker, and yet inexplicably more responsive on climbs, the RIP 9's confusingly versatile [R]Evolution geometry chews up rock gardens as eagerly as it cleans steep grades. And that's all well and good, but Niner has done the unthinkable by combining it with 27. 5+ wheels. The result of this unholy coupling is a delightfully playful bit of wagon-wheel heresy that we're happy to indulge. Before we dive deeper into the frame, though, we'll linger briefly on the build kit, which centers on 27. 5+ (Shock! Horror!) ENVE HV wheels and SRAM's shiny new Eagle X01 12-speed drivetrain. With the addition of a 50t granny cog, Eagle offsets the bike's 27. 5 heresy with a climbing benediction when you find yourself out of gas, out of mettle, but not yet out of the woods, climbing-wise. The X01 version may not have the glitzy qualities of XX1, but the frame's devilish versatility will steal the show as soon as rubber hits dirt, anyway. And this frame is versatile--a quality that it owes in large part Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and 2. 5 degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals. The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 170mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path--or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. In the event that discretion wins t...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Niner's RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike got quite the facelift for 2017. It now boasts a deeper suspension, slacker head tube, steeper seat tube, stubbier chainstays, and a longer top tube, helping it span the gap between its trail heritage and your enduro aspirations. Kitted out with Shimano's XT drivetrain, a dropper post, and Stan's NoTubes hoops, the RIP 9's newly found all-mountain versatility takes its much-loved predecessor's capabilities to an entirely new level. In addition to the geometry tweaks, the new RIP 9 owes much of its versatility to the introduction of Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and two degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals. The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 160mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path--or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. The RIP 9's longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those stubby stays to navigate stretches of especially technical terrain. There's clearly a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain pleasantly unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design. RDO involves a dual-compression process that eliminates resin pooling and allows precise control over wall-thickness. Reducing imperfections makes for a more structurally sound frame, and the targeted control over lay-up and wall thickness lets Niner buttress that structure where appropriate and reduce material where it'll save weight without sacrificing stiffness. The result marks the n...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Niner RIP 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The new Niner RIP 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame got some serious upgrades and share very little with its predecessor other than its name. A slacker head tube, steeper seat tube, longer reach, shorter chainstays, and a touch more travel, the new RIP 9 RDO increases its trail aggression and transitions well for enduro stages and big shuttle days. The frame also deviates from Niner's 29-inch wheel dedication and offers compatibility for both 29in and 27. 5+ wheels to suit your riding and terrain.The boost spacing affords the geometry tweaks and the ability to run both wheel sizes. Boost spacing also builds stiffer wheels, benefiting larger diameter hoops, and a stiffer rear end. By widening the dropouts to 148mm, Niner was able to free up enough clearance between the chainstays to shorten them 11mm. These changes translate to a rear triangle that's much nimbler to rider input and quicker through tight trails.The short stays keep the bike quick and the slack head tube lets the RIP live up to its name as it will absolutely plow through anything in its path and encourage you to stay off the brakes. The RIP can go as slack as 66. 5 degrees with a 170mm fork. Its long reach and requisite short stem and wide bar keep handling quick and dismays the typically lazy handling often found with slack head tube angle. We found that the bike wants us to get into all kinds of high-speed danger and allows for an amazing margin of error giving us confidence to progress. The RIP 9 RDO continues with Race Day Optimized (RDO) carbon compaction construction methods in which carbon plies are cured under intense pressure to ensure proper wall thickness and minimize strength sapping voids. This also flushes out excess resin producing a remarkably resilient structure and matches the engineering specifications for strength, durability and weight, as well as looking super clean and stealthy. The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design remains unchanged, but adds 25mm more travel, bringin...
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Niner RIP 9 RDO SLX Fox Complete Bike - with Stans Wheels Niner RIP 9 RDO SLX Fox Complete Bike - with Stans Wheels
Easily the most capable machine in Niner's line, the RIP 9 RDO SLX Fox Complete Mountain Bike blurs the line between aggressive trail machine and brawny enduro sled with its steamrolling 29er wheels paired with 150-millimeters of plush CVA suspension and a long, slacked-out geometry that screams of confidence when the trail gets fast and rowdy. This particular version is kitted out with the workhorse dependability of a Shimano SLX drivetrain, alongside a 160mm Fox 36 Factory Fork for rock-devouring confidence and a RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 shock for luxury car-like plushness out back. As you'd expect from modern trail bikes pushing towards the longer and slacker end of the riding spectrum, the RIP 9 RDO has a long-reach, roomy cockpit paired with a shorter stem for quick-handling confidence when you're maneuvering around trail obstacles and cleaning tight switchbacks. The 67-degree head tube angle gives the RIP 9 RDO a balanced feel that's both confident at charging bigger lines, yet one that retains nimble handling along sweeping berms and tight sections of trail--both areas where long-travel 29ers are usually lacking in adeptness and skill. Another figure to note is its relatively steep 75. 5-degree seat tube angle, which places you in an optimal position to lay power down on tricky climbs. Another aspect of the latest redesign for the RIP 9 RDO lies in its ability to accept the voluminous rubber of 27. 5+ wheels thanks to its Boost rear axle spacing. Increasing the rear axle to 148mm enables the RIP 9 to readily accept massive 2. 8in tires should you feel the need to add another wheel size to your riding arsenal. If you're content with the provided 29-inch wheels, you'll find it easily clears a 29 x 2. 4in rear tire, which defines the new standard for aggressive trail riders seeking a balance between rolling speed and grip. Despite all of the changes above, Niner's Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction process remains the same as previous versions and model...
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Niner RKT 9 RDO 3-Star XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner RKT 9 RDO 3-Star XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
If you've ever caught yourself daydreaming deeply about the perfect bike on your way home from a ride, building one in your mind from the ground up with XC energy, a spirited disposition, but the ability to crush lines most assume are off-limits for the XC set, you're in luck. Sometimes, dreams do come true. As an plush XC bike with a podium-chasing attitude, the RKT 9 RDO 3-Star XT is a shining example of what pushing the limits of XC looks like. Let us clarify. In the case of the RKT 9, that means combining an energetic carbon frame, 120mm of squish for technical race courses or weekend exploration, and the proven efficiency of Boost spacing. Whether you're venturing onto shady, root-encrusted trails or putting it all on the line on raceday, trust the RKT 9's disarmingly playful attitude to match your enthusiasm at every turn. The Queen of Pain herself, known simply as Ms. Rusch off-trail, has summarized the RKT 9 RDO as the answer to her dreams, which means that Niner's goal of blending a twitchy race bike with a fearless bruiser of a trail beast wasn't too much of reach. On the contrary, the RKT 9 RDO fulfills that description uncannily well, using a short head tube and longer top tube to provide line cleaning confidence up front, and Boost spacing with the lowest standover height in Niner's line for a boundless supply of snappy aggression in the rear. Boost spacing allowed Niner to chop the chainstays to a stubby 439mm, which when paired with that low standover height, results in agile cornering and power-transferring stiffness. When the opportunity to spend a weekend chasing your armor-clad pals and their 5-inch monsters around rugged singletrack presents itself, one look at the RKT 9 RDO will be enough to tell you the answer is yes. Though geometry is a big part of the RKT 9 RDO's story, its carbon frame cannot be overlooked. Niner uses its RDO Carbon Compaction System (CCS) to ensure details like wall thickness and material distribution are flawless, el...
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Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
You've been taking hardtails onto downhill-only singletrack since you first started biking, and somehow, not having the funds for a 6-inch enduro monster right off the bat translated into a love affair with XC that you'd never walk away from now. Though your passion for XC hasn't faded, your relationship with it has grown with time, and rather than a hardtail with just a little squish up front, you expect a little more from your bike these days. Devour bumps, clean race courses, and dive into big lines with more plushness than your younger, hardtail-riding self could've dreamed of with Niner's RKT 9 RDO 5-Star Mountain Bike. Kitted out with the drivetrain of the self-sponsored cyclist's dreams and continuing to reap the rewards of a smart redesign in 2016, the RKT 9 RDO is ready to take your relationship with XC to towering heights. When redesigning the RKT for 2016, Niner started with the task of trying to bridge the gap between low-weight XC race machines and high-confidence, line-holding trail sleds. It hit its mark last year with such precision that for 2017, the brand's made no changes to the impressive frame. That means you'll still get to take advantage of the long-and-low swagger of the front end when heading into chunky spots, with over four-and-a-half inches of squish and the line-holding confidence that 29er tires are bred with backing you up. The use of Boost axle spacing in the front and rear also gave Niner the opportunity to slam the back wheel up and reduce the chainstays to a stubby 439mm. That, paired with the RKT 9 RDO's low standover height, translates to agile, aggressive cornering and acceleration from the race course to shuttle laps. Niner shapes this do-it-all carbon fiber frame carefully using its RDO Carbon Compaction System (CCS) for a precise, flawless result. Using CCS, Niner builds a frame with as little excess material as possible, hitting stiffness marks without compromise while eliminating structural imperfections and inconsiste...
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Niner RKT 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Niner RKT 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Clipping into Niner's RKT 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame brings back fond memories of a time when XC was king and frame geometry wasn't so heavily influenced by slacked out gravity sleds. Niner's paraphrased goal in creating the RKT 9 RDO was to build a 3. 5in chassis that handles terrain like a five-inch bike but still climbs like an XC rocket, resulting in a 29in platform every bit as race-ready as any 27. 5in trail machine. On moderate terrain, speed is definitely the RKT's friend. It's easy to choose a gear and choose a line, trusting that the suspension's capability will carry you across rock-strewn trails and through corners with a nimbleness that we've rarely experienced on 29in wheels. Given that it's an XC race bike, Niner tweaked the RKT 9 RDO's CVA travel to hit the sweet spot of low-travel speed. In its initial stroke, the RKT's CVA suspension focuses on maintaining a firm, responsive pedaling platform. Even while riding the shock open, CVA encourages speed on rocky, root-latticed climbs. As roll overs and light rock gardens usher the travel into the mid stroke, CVA also embraces trail furniture without sacrificing momentum or straying from its line. As it hits the end of its 90mm, the travel ramps up to avoid harsh bottom-outs, extending the margin of error just a bit further for when enduro ambitions start to get the better of XC restraint. The frame is built according to the specifics of Niner's RDO Carbon Compaction System (CCS). CCS uses internal molds during the curing process to ensure precise control over wall thickness and material distribution, eliminating excess grams and structural imperfections like resin pooling. The geometry presents a few departures from Niner's typical recipe, including a longer effective top tube and a lower head tube. These adjustments net a lower, more aggressive rider position that incorporates some stabilizing elements of longer enduro geometries for an XC race machine that holds lines with no extra weight or sluggi...
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Niner SIR 9 27.5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner SIR 9 27.5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
One of the most versatile and smooth-riding hardtails on the market, the Niner SIR 9 27. 5+ 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike features the supple characteristics of Reynolds 853 steel construction paired with modernized trail geometry, 27. 5+ wheels for massive traction and rock-smoothing compliance, and 18 mounting points for bikepacking adventures. Whether you're seeking a steel hardtail for spirited rides in the mountains or a dependable pack mule for long-distance adventures, the SIR 9 satisfies your itch for exploration with its simplicity, strength, and smooth-riding characteristics. Making it even more versatile, the SIR 9 easily swaps the included 27. 5+ wheels for the momentum-carrying abilities of its 29-inch brethren. This is especially important, as it lends adaptability for varying trail ecosystems and riding disciplines. By now, you're probably aware the bike industry is constantly pushing the envelope on geometry, with things becoming slacker and longer to accommodate aggressive riding styles. The SIR 9 eagerly follows this modernized trail geometry with its longer top tube and shorter chainstays, which make the bike's handling all the more lively around corners and stable at high speeds. The wheelbase is longer as well, inspiring you to push the envelope when it comes to carrying speed on extended descents. Paired with the provided 120-millimeter Reba RL Solo Air fork, the SIR 9 moves from a rather XC-focused head tube angle of 70 degrees (on previous model) to a trail-worthy 68 degrees. This gives you added confidence to attack steep descents and technical trail sections previously on the edge of the old bike's comfort zone. Although it's slacker than ever, it still pedals and climbs with resounding efficiency, as Niner engineered it with a steeper 74-degree seat tube angle, which places you in an optimal pedaling position. It's no surprise the SIR 9 retains the supple ride quality of its Reynolds 853 steel construction, especially seeing its n...
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Niner SIR 9 29 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner SIR 9 29 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Niner SIR 9 29 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike is one of the most versatile hardtails on the market with its supple Reynolds 853 steel construction paired with modernized trail geometry, 29-inch wheels for steam-rolling capabilities, and 18 mounting points for bikepacking adventures. Whether you're seeking a steel hardtail for spirited rides through the local mountains or a dependable pack mule for long-distance adventures, the SIR 9 satisfies your itch for exploration with its simplicity, strength, and unmatched versatility. The customization doesn't stop there, with the SIR 9 swapping the momentum-carrying, obstacle-rolling 29er wheels for the voluminous traction and bump-smoothing ride of 27. 5+ wheels. This is a great feature, as you can swap wheel sizes at a moment's notice to accommodate different trails and riding disciplines. Since the bike industry is constantly evolving, it makes perfect sense that Niner designed the latest SIR 9 with their [R]evolution trail geometry, which makes the bike longer in the top tube and shorter in the chainstays. This redesign gives the SIR 9 a lively personality that's quick to turn through tight switchbacks and sweeping berms, as well as making it roomier in the cockpit, so you're well-balanced and comfortable across long distances. The longer wheelbase inspires confidence when you open it up at higher speeds without it ever feeling twitchy or unnerving when pushed to the limit. Paired with the provided Reba RL Solo Air fork with 120-millimeters of travel, the SIR 9 moves from a rather XC-focused head tube angle of 70 degrees (for the previous model) to a more trail-worthy 68 degrees. This gives you added confidence to attack fast descents and technical sections previously on the edge of the old bike's comfort zone. Although it's slacker than ever, the SIR 9 still pedals and climbs with resounding efficiency, as Niner designed it with a seat tube angle of 74-degrees, which places you in an optimal position for lay...
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Niner SIR 9 29 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Niner SIR 9 29 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
One of the most versatile hardtails on the market, the Niner SIR 9 29 5-Star XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike features smooth and supple Reynolds 853 steel construction paired with modernized trail geometry, 29-inch wheels for momentum-carrying speed, and 18 mounting points for bikepacking adventures. Whether you're seeking a steel hardtail for spirited rides through the local mountains or a dependable pack mule for long-distance adventures, the SIR 9 satisfies your itch for exploration with its simplicity, strength, and unmatched versatility. The versatility doesn't stop there, with the SIR 9 swapping the momentum-carrying 29er wheels for the voluminous traction and bump-smoothing feel of 27. 5+ wheels. This is especially great, as you can swap tire sizes at a moment's notice for different trail systems and riding disciplines. It's no secret the bike industry is constantly evolving, so it makes perfect sense that Niner would modernize the previous SIR 9's geometry into something a little bit more trail-oriented. Niner's [R]evolutionary trail geometry makes the SIR 9 longer in the top tube and shorter in the chainstays for lively handling on the trail and a roomier cockpit, which facilitates composure on descents and comfort across long distances. The longer wheelbase of the SIR 9 inspires confidence when you're pushing it at higher speeds on the downhill portion of your ride. Paired with the FOX 34 Float Factory fork with 120-millimeters of travel, the SIR 9 moves from a rather XC-focused head tube angle of 70-degrees (for the previous model) to a trail-worthy 68-degrees. This gives you added confidence to attack fast descents and technical sections previously on the edge of the old bike's comfort zone. Although it's slacker than before, it still pedals and climbs with resounding efficiency, as Niner engineered it with a steeper 74-degree seat tube angle, which places you in an optimal pedaling position. Seeing that its name comes from the catchy phrase "Stee...
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Niner SIR 9 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Niner SIR 9 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Reincarnated for 2018, the Niner SIR 9 Mountain Bike Frame is one of the most versatile hardtails on the market thanks to its supple Reynolds 853 steel construction paired with modernized trail geometry, the ability to run 29-inch or 27. 5+ wheels, and 18 mounting points for bikepacking adventures. Whether you're seeking a steel hardtail for spirited rides through the local forest or you're looking for a dependable pack mule for long-distance adventures, the SIR 9 satisfies your itch for exploration with its simplicity, strength, and unmatched versatility. The customization doesn't stop there, with the SIR 9 accommodating both geared and singlespeed drivetrains, although singlespeeds require Niner's Biocentric 30 (not included). Seeing that the bike industry is ever-evolving, it makes perfect sense that Niner designed the latest SIR 9 with their [R]evolution trail geometry, which makes the bike longer in the top tube and shorter in the chainstays. This redesign gives the SIR 9 a lively personality that's quick to turn through tight switchbacks and sweeping berms, as well as making it roomier in the cockpit, so you're well-balanced and comfortable across long distances. The longer wheelbase tracks confidently when you open it up at higher speeds for added composure without it ever feeling twitchy or unnerving when pushed to the limit. Paired with a recommended 120-millimeter fork, you'll find the SIR 9 moves from a rather XC-focused head tube angle of 70 degrees (for the previous model) to a more trail-worthy 68 degrees. This gives you added confidence to attack fast descents and technical trail sections previously on the edge of the old bike's comfort zone. And though it's slacker than before, the SIR 9 still pedals and climbs with gusto, thanks in part to its steeper 74-degree seat tube angle, which places you in an optimal pedaling position. Delving into the frame construction, you'll love the smooth, supple feel of SIR 9's Reynolds 853 steel, especially whe...
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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon XTR 1X Anniversary Edition Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon XTR 1X Anniversary Edition Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We can't imagine a better way to celebrate Pivot's 10-year anniversary than by ripping sweet singletrack on the Mach 5. 5 Carbon XTR 1X Anniversary Edition Complete Mountain Bike. The Mach 5. 5 Anniversary Edition features a numbered emblem denoting its special status, with Pivot producing only 300 bikes in this brilliant blue colorway paired with custom graphics and top-flight components. In fact, you'll find it's upgraded with custom-etched Reynolds Carbon Wheels, custom Industry Nine hubs, Race Face Next SL carbon cranks, Fox Float Factory DPX2 rear shock, and WTB Volt Team saddle, all in stunning blue graphics. If you're not aware of the Mach 5. 5's place in Pivot's line of mountain bikes, it occupies the space between aggressive trail bike and rowdy enduro machine with 140 millimeters of DW-Link suspension, paired with a longer 160-millimeter fork. Pivot pushes the design envelope with the Mach 5. 5, bringing it to progressive realms with a geometry that's longer, lower, and slacker than ever. It confidently handles everything the trail throws your way, from chunky, rock-littered climbs to blistering descents with square-edge hits, big drops, and rock rolls just begging for action. Ultimately, it's well suited for the rider seeking to power themselves up the steepest, rockiest climbs they can find, before plunging back down technical lines at high speeds. The Mach 5. 5 Carbon retains the sought-after benefits of the DW-Link suspension, namely the ability to claw up the steepest, chunkiest climbs and soak up square-edge hits on the descent. Once you've reached the summit after a grueling climb, 140 millimeters of rear travel gobbles up loose rocks and smooths out square-edges at high speeds. It's all party up front, with 160-millimeters of travel inspiring you to hit bigger drops that you'd normally shy away from with a traditional trail bike. The 20-millimeter disparity between the front and rear travel lends a bit more efficiency for pedaling, but with e...
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Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The long revered Pivot Mach 6 is a bike we've held a candle to for many years, and that flame is far from burning out with the newest iteration of the enduro beast. Longer, lower, and -- dare we say it --even more capable than before, the 2018 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame has us wrapped around its finger with its 6-inches of supple DW-link suspension and gravity-hungry geometry that tracks though burly lines like a hungry lioness stalking her prey. This combination of progressive geometry and pedal-ability unite to create a bike that's the perfect choice for dropping into beefy terrain at race-pace, and pedaling right back to the top for another lap when you reach the bottom. A 65. 75-degree head tube angle gives you a pleasant greeting as soon as you approach the 2018 Mach 6, with its slack and relaxed stature, it beacons you to find out just how stable and capable it is when you point it downhill. When you're descending the bike pulls you into the cockpit, maximizing your control and stability at high speeds so you can blast berms and roll through chundery rock gardens, but not at the sacrifice of agility. Keeping you forward in the cockpit maintains the liveliness of the bike, so you can flick and pounce off of roots and rocks, making even the flatter and more mundane trail sections exactly as much fun as you want them to be. As Newton's third law would have it, we don't get to enjoy those sweet descents without fighting against gravity on the climb up to begin with. Fortunately, Pivot partners with DW-link to get us to the top without squat and bobbing when we're mashing on the pedals up tight switchbacks and loose roots. Pivot's engineers ensure that you won't be stuck behind the back wheel when you're pushing your way to the top by pairing the slacked out head tube angle with a steeper seat tube angle to keep you forward on the bike for better transfer of power, and more control when you have to crank on the bars for that last push up a steep pu...
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Pivot Mach 6 Race XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Pivot Mach 6 Race XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Big, bad, and bold, the 2018 Pivot Mach 6 Race XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike is hungry for bigger terrain than ever before, with longer and lower geometry for gobbling up entire mountains and spitting out the rocks. We've always been fond of the Mach 6, and this particular iteration has our fondness turning into full-on infatuation with its gravity-craving geometry that's built to track though rock gardens and blast berms. Pivot focuses on dialing in their downhill-specific DW-link suspension to offer 6-inches of bump-soaking travel that can flip its self around and pedal up loose fire roads near effortlessly, so you can charge up to the top for another plush descent. When you approach the 2018 Pivot Mach 6 head-on, you'll first find a slack 65. 75-degree head tube angle that boasts confidence with its relaxed posture, begging you to point it downhill and test just how capable it is. The bike's slacked geometry pulls you into the cockpit when you descend, maximizing your stability and control at high speeds, enabling you to roll through chunky boulder gardens and rooty treelines, and all without sacrificing stability for agility. The forward nature of the cockpit helps maintain lively handling of the bike, so you can weave through trees and tail-whip off of rollers with nimble playfulness as you charge down the mountain. With a bike that feels so good going downhill, there's just one dilemma -- how to get back to the top for another lap. Fortunately, Pivot partners with DW-link to dial in exceptional suspension design for a climb to the peak that's free of pedal bob and squat, even when we're mashing up tight switchbacks and working our way up rocky faces. Pivot's engineers ensure that you won't be stuck behind the back wheel when you're pushing your way to the top by pairing the slacked out head tube angle with a steeper seat tube angle to keep you forward on the bike for better transfer of power, and more control when you have to crank on the bars for that las...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
In the ever-changing mountain bike industry, keeping tabs on all the different numbers at play can be a frustrating exercise. Head tube angles, reach, axle widths, Q factors, chainstay lengths--they add up to a number salad that'll leave your head spinning whether you're a just getting onto the race scene or a knobby tire veteran who cut his teeth during park sessions on the Blur 4X. Santa Cruz's 2017 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame makes the numbers game easy. It enjoys the same benefits of the 5010's 2. 0 remix, so it's longer, lower, slacker, and a bit plusher while retaining the all-mountain properties that made the 5010 such an immediate success. When it comes to any trail type this side of gravity courses, 5010 is the only number you need to know. The 2. 0 geometry represents a marked departure from the original 5010, which SC first rolled out in 2013. The redesign is so pervasive that it touches on virtually every important frame dimension, so--despite our "only number" disclaimer above--we're still compelled to dive into the numerical minutia. The biggest change is to the head tube, which drops one degree from 68 to 67 degrees. That's the same as the previous Bronson model, and it situates the 5010 2. 0 just this side of slacked-out enduro monster. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former tacking on an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these apparently minor tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that most other five-inch bikes have to think twice about. If the 5010 2. 0's front end and bottom bracket are about slack excess, then the changes out back are about tightening things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grunting over the crux of a climb or grinding speed on singletrack, the steeper angle n..
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Set aside your preconceived notions of all-mountain limitations and redefine your trail experience with the 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike. Carrying over 2016's revamped geometry, the 5010 2. 0 is lower, longer, and slacker than its predecessor to manage bigger lines and steeper runs. This particular build is finished with Shimano's versatile XT M8000 drivetrain, Race Face ARC wheels, and a dropper post that quickly adapts to changing terrain. The 2. 0 redesign touches on virtually every important aspect of frame geometry. The biggest change is to the head tube, which drops one degree from 68 to 67 degrees. That's the same as the previous Bronson model, and it situates the 5010 2. 0 just this side of a slacked-out enduro monster. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former tacking on an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these apparently minor tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that the previous 5010 would have to think twice about. While the 5010 2. 0's front end and bottom bracket are about slack reclining, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While torqueing over the crux of a climb or grinding speed on singletrack, the steeper angle puts the rider in a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. When descending or cleaning lines through rock gardens, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when increasing speed is the last thing on your mind. The 5010 2. 0's chainstays are stubbier, reduced from the previous 5010's already impressive 17. 12in to an even stiffer, more agile 16. 8in. On the trail, this translates to power transfer when dropping watts into t...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike takes all your preconceived definitions of what a trail bike can do, crumples them up in a ball, and laughs gleefully as it charges full throttle into all-mountain territory. Carrying over mid-2016's revamped geometry, the 5010 2. 0 is slacker, longer, and lower than pre-2016 models, so it cleans steeper runs and ever bigger lines. This iteration gets a little dreamy with Shimano's versatile XT drivetrain, a dropper post, and eye-catchingly awesome ENVE 60 Forty carbon fiber wheels. The 2. 0 redesign touches on virtually every important aspect of frame geometry. The biggest change is to the head tube, which drops one degree from 68 to 67 degrees. That's the same as the previous Bronson model, and it situates the 5010 2. 0 just this side of a slacked-out enduro monster. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former tacking on an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these apparently minor tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that the previous 5010 would have to think twice about. While the 5010 2. 0's front end and bottom bracket are about slack reclining, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While torqueing over the crux of a climb or grinding speed on singletrack, the steeper angle puts the rider in a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. When descending or cleaning lines through rock gardens, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when increasing speed is the last thing on your mind. The 5010 2. 0's chainstays are stubbier, reduced from the previous 5010's already impressive 17. 12in to an even stiffer, more agile 16....
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
For 2017, the 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike remains relatively unchanged from the previous model year. This restraint is rare from Santa Cruz Bicycles, as the CA-based brand tends to favor tinkering over just letting a multiple BOTY winning design enjoy its time in the sun. Ever since it first introduced the Blur, the predecessor to the 5010 and Bronson, SC has been reluctant to rest on its laurels; with the 2. 0 geometry tweaks to the 5010, we think it's finally earned a year off. SRAM sure hasn't taken the year off, though, as evidenced by the all-new Eagle XX1 drivetrain included here. Eagle takes one-by to its logical conclusion by tacking a 50t granny cog onto SRAM's top racing groupset, giving you range on par with a double while maintaining the simplicity and low weight of a one-by setup. The 5010 2. 0 represents a marked departure from the original 5010, which SC first rolled out in 2013 and which was itself a marked departure from the Blur DNA from whence it sprang. The redesign is so pervasive that it touches on virtually every important frame dimension, with the biggest change coming in the head tube angle. The front end slacks out a full degree, dropping from 68 to 67 in a move that brings it in line with the previous Bronson model. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former stretching out and the latter dropping slightly. Capping the whole thing off with a short stem helps preserve steering while taking advantage of that slack aggression. The rear triangle enjoyed similarly thorough tweaks that tightened it up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grunting over the crux of a climb or grinding speed on singletrack, the steeper angle nets a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. The new seat tube also accommodates a longer dropper post, ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Bringing nimble, sports car-like handling to your trail aspirations, the Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 Carbon CC XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling over the brute force of a long-travel enduro rig. The 5010's nimble leanings originally took design cues from the slalom-inspired Blur, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version has the Carbon CC frame, which drops the frame's weight by approximately 280 grams from the cheaper Carbon C frame. Santa Cruz achieves this by using a lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber for weight savings without sacrificing structural integrity or stiffness. Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. This second-gen 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67-degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of 16. 7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is roomier in the cockpit, without forcing you to run a longer stem if you're on the upper end of the sizing chart. These changes in geometry retain the original bike's spirited agility on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence for dissecting steep descents and rallying over rock gardens and gnarled sections of roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you'll find the 5010 is highly adept at cleaning tight switchbacks and roosting around berms with flickable precision--hinting to its roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip. Looking to the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it carries the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris kicked up when you're rallying over loose chunder. The upper linkage is now attached t...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve complete mountain bike is often praised for its excellent singletrack manners and instinctive handling, but it's far from just a mild-mannered trail machine. Underneath the surface of this 27. 5-wheeled exercise in versatility is a wild side that's just begging to be unleashed. The 5010's subtle inclination towards a wilder style of riding befits its lineage. It's a direct descendent of the Blur 4X, a groundbreaking machine that was essentially a dual slalom bike that could happily be pedaled on day-long rides. The family resemblance is crystal clear, as the 5010's combination of comfortable cockpit position and slalom-inspired cornering make it a truly rewarding ride for riders of nearly any skill level. With 5in of VPP suspension, the 5010 has enough suspension on tap to make the most of technical trails, without dulling the ability for the rider to push it to the edge. As with all VPP bikes, the 5010's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. Of course, the poised cornering and playful attitude that have come to define the 5010 are largely due to its highly refined geometry. The 67-degree head angle remains stable at speed, while still being quick to initiate a change of direction. At 16. 7 inches, the 5010 has shorter chainstays than any of Santa Cruz's other trail bikes, which further enhances its willingness to rail berms and dive into off camber corners. At 13. 1 inches, its bottom bracket is just high enough to avoid excessive pedal strikes, while remaining settled in situations where aggressive lean angles are required. It's a setup that forgoes the longer-is-better line of thinking in favor of a machine tha...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 Carbon R complete mountain bike hits a true sweet spot between timid cross country bikes and aggressive enduro machines. A proven partner for endurance specialists, as well as a favorite trail bike of the Santa Cruz Syndicate downhill squad, the 5010 proves that sometimes less really is more, especially in this value-conscious build. The 5010's subtle inclination towards a wilder style of riding befits its lineage. It's a direct descendent of the Blur 4X, a groundbreaking machine that was essentially a dual slalom bike that could happily be pedaled on day-long rides. The family resemblance is crystal clear, as the 5010's combination of comfortable cockpit position and slalom-inspired cornering make it a truly rewarding partner for riders of nearly any skill level. With 5in of VPP suspension, the 5010 has enough suspension on tap to make the most of technical trails, without dulling the ability for the rider to push it to the edge. As with all VPP bikes, the 5010's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. Of course, the poised cornering and playful attitude that have come to define the 5010 are largely due to its highly refined geometry. The 67-degree head angle remains stable at speed, while still being quick to initiate a change of direction. At 16. in, the 5010 has shorter chainstays than any of Santa Cruz's other trail bikes, which further enhances its willingness to rail berms and dive into off camber corners. The bottom bracket sits 13. 1in off the ground, just high enough to avoid excessive pedal strikes while remaining settled in situations where aggressive lean angles are required. It's a setup that forgoes the longer-is-better lin...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Bringing a playful persona to every trail ride, the Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling and responsiveness for epic rides across alpine terrain and hot laps around the local forest loop. The 5010's nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the legendary Blur TR, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version boasts Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame, which offers greater stiffness and strength over aluminum frames for unbelievable power transfer and impressive durability. Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. The second generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of only 16. 7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is much roomier in the cockpit, without needing a longer stem for riders on the upper end of the sizing range. These changes in geometry retain the original bike's agile handling on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you're dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain, such as rock gardens and roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you'll find the 5010 to navigate tight switchbacks and lean into corners with flickable precision--hinting to its Blur roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip. Looking at the VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it carries the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris kicked up when you're rallying over loose chunder. The upper linkage is now attached to the top tube for increased stiffness, as well as greater stand-over clearance, which is espec...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Emphasizing playfulness and agility over the brute force of long-travel enduro sleds, the Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike is purposely suited for epic rides in the mountains and hot laps around the local forest loop. The 5010's nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the slalom-inspired Blur, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version of the 5010 features Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame, which provides a heightened level of stiffness and strength over aluminum frame options. It's also a bit lighter than aluminum, meaning you'll reap benefits in efficiency when you're riding across long distances. Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. This second-gen 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of only 16. 7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is much roomier in the cockpit, without needing a longer stem for riders on the upper end of the sizing chart. These changes in geometry retain the original bike's agility on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you're dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain, such as rock gardens and gnarled sections of roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you'll find the 5010 is highly adept at cleaning tight switchbacks and roosting around berms with flickable precision--hinting to its roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip. Looking to the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it carries the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris kicked up when you're rallying over lo...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
When we think of the quintessential trail-bike, Santa Cruz's 5010 always comes to mind. It is a fun, playful bike that is always up to whatever you and the trail can throw at it. The D build version of the 5010 we have here is constructed from aluminum tubing adding durability and allowing you to spend that extra money on some fun adventures with the bike. The VPP suspension and geometry is consistent to that of the carbon versions so you can rest assured that the intended ride quality and handling aspects will remain in effect.Slacker, longer, and lower, has been the mantra for trail geometry over the past few years and the 5010 and the rest of the Santa Cruz stable is certainly not immune to these changes. The latest generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase and the head tube angle has been relaxed to 67 degrees. The rear of the bike sees the chainstays hacked to 16. 7 inches. The longer front end is both roomier and allows shorter stems for quick handling and a rearward weight bias.These changes allow for that same fun, playful, poppy bike that we love but adds a little more credence on high speed steep sections or through demanding baby heads and roots. The sub 17-inch chainstays, allow for a super nimble demeanor and you will almost find yourself wanting to snake by your riding buddies or use the single-wide trail as your own personal slalom course.The 5010's VPP suspension carries over the 2017 redesign and offers improved suspension performance and increased durability. The second generation 5010 is far more sensitive to small bumps making it much suppler off the top and more sensitive to small hits. The mid-stroke retains the nice linear VPP feel but is more supportive so it loses the mid-stroke wallow that plagued VPP bikes in the past. The end stroke is still quite progressive but lacks a heavy spike so ramping up to prevent bottoming out goes unnoticed. This is nice as the last thing we want to think about if we are putting our suspension to ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 Mountain Bike Frame emphasizes quick directional changes and poppy-playful fun over the brute force of a longer-travel machine, making it a responsive bike for long days in the mountains and hot laps around the local forest network. This 5010 frame features Santa Cruz's aluminum construction for reliable strength without having to drop all your precious loot on a pricier carbon model. Budget-conscious riders will be happy to know that geometry stays congruent with all frames in the 5010 line-up, allowing those without stacked bank accounts to reap the same benefits of playfulness and agile handling on the trail. Seeing the first generation 5010 drew inspiration from the nimble leanings of the Blur TR, it was inherently more playful than anything else in Santa Cruz's line-up when it was launched in 2013. Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect the changes in modern trail geometry, with a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees. These changes create a roomier cockpit, so you're more comfortable and confident tackling descents littered with rocks and roots, as well as making it inherently more stable at high speeds. Best of all, the geometry changes don't alter the quick-turning nature of the bike or its stability around corners, as the 5010 features snappy 16. 7-inch chainstays and low-slung 13. 1-inch bottom bracket. Looking to the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it underwent a subtle redesign for 2017 for improved suspension performance, greater durability, enhanced stiffness, and better stand-over clearance. The lower link is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket to prevent flinging rocks from damaging the linkage and the upper link is now attached to the top tube in a configuration similar to the previous generation Nomad. The changes to the upper linkage make it more stiff while improvin...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Emphasizing playful handling over the brute force of an enduro sled, the Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 R Complete Mountain Bike is a razor-sharp trail scalpel that's efficient enough for epic rides in the mountains and responsive enough to challenge friends on hot laps around the local loop. This 5010 features Santa Cruz's aluminum construction for reliable strength without dropping all your precious loot on a pricier carbon model. Budget-conscious riders will be happy to know that geometry stays congruent with all frames in the 5010 line-up, allowing those without stacked bank accounts to reap the same benefits of playfulness and agility on the trail. Seeing the first generation of 5010 drew inspiration from the nimble leanings of the Blur TR, it was inherently more playful than anything else in Santa Cruz's line-up when it was launched in 2013. Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second-gen 5010 has adapted to reflect the push towards modernized trail geometry, with a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees. These changes create a roomier cockpit, so you're more comfortable and confident on the descent, as well as making it inherently more stable at high speeds. Best of all, these geometry changes don't alter the quick-handling nature of the 5010, as it features snappy 16. 7-inch chainstays and a low-slung bottom bracket of 13. 1 inches. Looking at the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it underwent a subtle redesign for 2017, which improves the suspension durability and overall performance. The upper link is now connected to the top tube for greater stiffness, as well as more stand-over clearance for shorter riders. The lower link resides above the bottom bracket, protecting it from damaging rock strikes and flinging trail debris. These changes extend to the suspension's performance as well, with the VPP suspension exhibiting heightened sensitivity to small bumps, a...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Making quick directional changes and bringing poppy-playful fun to every ride, the Santa Cruz 5010 2. 1 S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling and responsiveness for long days in the mountains and hot laps around your local forest loop. The 5010's nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the legendary Blur TR, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version of the 5010 features Santa Cruz's aluminum construction for reliable strength without having to drop all your precious loot on a pricier carbon model. Budget-conscious riders will be happy to know that geometry stays consistent with all frames in the 5010 line-up, allowing those without stacked bank accounts to reap the same benefits of playfulness and nimble trail handling. Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. The second generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of only 16. 7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is much roomier in the cockpit, without the need for a longer stem for riders between sizes. These changes in geometry retain the original bike's agile handling on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you're dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain, such as rock gardens and roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you'll find the 5010 to be highly adept at navigating tight switchbacks and roosting around berms, as well as providing the agility to change direction at a moment's notice--hinting to its Blur roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip. Looking to the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it carries the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lo...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Alloy Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Alloy Frame - 2017
While 2016's 2. 0 reboot made the Bronson leaner, meaner, and even more capable than its 1. 0 predecessor, those of us with less than unlimited finances were still left to dream of a day when we could afford to add one of those beautiful machines to our stable. Fortunately, Santa Cruz marks 2017 with the release of the Bronson 2. 0 Alloy Frame, which features that same much-loved geometry found in its high-cost carbon fiber kin and a much more attainable price point that looks to see even more Bronsons headed to the dirt. Of the 2. 0 updates, arguably the most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all-mountain pedigree is the head tube, which slacks out by an extra tick on the protractor to drop from 67 to 66 degrees. This change is complemented with a corresponding increase in top tube length, a lower bottom bracket, and a raised lower link -- a combination that allows for short-stemmed, strike-free, point-and-click confidence while traversing lines and dropping steps that would cause even the previous Bronson to hesitate. It also effectively erases root lattices and moderate rock gutters, letting you mash across terrain that trail, XC, and even other all-mountain bikes have to pick through with delicate care. Compared to the 1. 0 version, the Bronson 2. 0's seat tube gets steeper by almost a full degree for better positioning over the cranks. The revised geometry keeps you on top of the pedal stroke, and relocated links allow for a shorter chainstay, which makes for more efficient power transfer. The back end is further stiffened with the 12 x 148mm Boost axle standard, ensuring that the extra watts produced by the improved pedaling position and shorter chainstays aren't lost to wheel flex. Despite its slacker head tube and longer geometry, the back end configuration helps the Bronson 2. 0 pop over cruxes and maintain speed across hard pack. The VPP suspension system represents the latest update to Santa Cruz's classic VPP. Where the old suspension curve...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC Frame - 2017
Not content resting on its all-mountain notoriety, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC Frame benefits from continuous design updates for charging precipitously steep trails and no-fall lines. The changes for 2017 are limited to new colorways and build kits, but the latest Bronson still benefits from the recently revised 2. 0 geometry. The Bronson 2. 0 Implements design cues from the Nomad including a slack, 66-degree head tube angle, lower bottom bracket, and longer reach for improved stability at speed and low-slung, short-stem handling. Realizing this, it's no surprise that the Bronson 2. 0 excels at grueling enduro races where uphill efficiency and downhill comfort are equally important. Carried over from 2016, the 148mm Boost thru-axle significantly stiffens the rear wheel for precise tracking across rough terrain. Featuring Santa Cruz's premium CC-level carbon, the Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC Frame saves approximately 280 grams from base C-level carbon for rocket-like acceleration out of corners and maximum efficiency when you're climbing for thousands of vertical feet. It's just as strong and stiff as the heavier C-level carbon, offering peace of mind for riders thrashing their bike on a regular basis. 150mm of VPP3 suspension soaks up the biggest, baddest hits without wallowing under acceleration on quick uphill bursts or out-of-saddle sprints, and the 74-degree seat tube angle places you in an optimal position for cranking away on long uphills and smooth sections. One of the biggest updates to the latest-generation Bronson 2. 0, the revised VPP suspension features a stiffer box-section upper link and cleanly tucked away lower link that helps prevent damage from rock strikes. This revised suspension platform benefits from increased small-bump compliance for better traction across root-latticed or rock-laden trails. Mid-stroke progressiveness is also enhanced, preventing you from blowing through excess travel. Included with this frame is a Rock Shox Mo...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Like the '70s action star of the same name, the Santa Cruz Bronson 2. 0 R Complete Mountain Bike steals the show with its stoic demeanor and unflappable composure, only instead of defeating bad guys, it demolishes aggressive alpine terrain peppered with sharp rocks and sheer drops. Packing 150 millimeters of VPP suspension, the Bronson 2. 0 offers a greater margin for error on steep, demanding trails where its smaller 5010 sibling would be pushed beyond its capabilities. However, instead of being relegated to lift-accessed downhills and shuttle runs like many of its longer travel counterparts, the Bronson 2. 0 pedals efficiently without wandering excessively on climbs where you'd normally struggle on a bike of this breed. This particular version benefits from Santa Cruz's aluminum frame for dependable strength and commendable stiffness, and at a price that's hard to resist for those of us without stacked bank accounts. Its geometry stays consistent with the 2. 0's update towards the longer, slacker, and lower side of the all-mountain spectrum, meaning you'll feel confident opening it up on steep descents where you approach high speeds. In fact, the Bronson 2. 0 sports a 66-degree head tube angle for downhill composure without sacrificing much in the way of climbing prowess. Besides being more composed at high speeds, the redesign increased the reach for a roomier overall cockpit that's more comfortable. To balance out the longer front end, the chainstays are slammed at a mere 17 inches to ensure nimble handling around tight corners and sweeping berms. Furthermore, the 74-degree seat tube angle places you in an optimal pedaling position, so you don't sacrifice power while climbing. The big story with the Bronson 2. 0 is the VPP suspension, which features Santa Cruz's upper box-style link inspired by the previous generation Nomad. This upper link connects to the top tube, which creates a stiffer overall design with greater stand-over clearance for short riders. T...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Bronson 2. 0 S complete mountain bike is a finely tuned piece of no-nonsense machinery that's ready to take on just about any trail you'd ever hope to ride. Its versatility comes courtesy of 27. 5in wheels, a generous 6in of VPP travel, a durable aluminum frame, and a build kit that features SRAM's groundbreaking, range-enhancing GX Eagle drivetrain. From its inception, the Bronson has been a bike that's defied convention. And just like its predecessor, the latest Bronson packs a wallop courtesy of its generous but measured suspension travel, as well as its nimble geometry and 27. 5in wheels. Equally capable as an enduro racer or an extremely versatile trail bike, there's very little that the Bronson doesn't do exceptionally well. A large part of the formula is, of course, the Bronson's 6in of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Bronson's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. It's a balance that Santa Cruz has mastered, allowing for the requisite efficiency for all-day rides while still taking advantage of sufficient travel to tackle the hardest trails you could possibly hope to find. When comparing the Bronson's geometry to those of some of its noteworthy competitors, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Bronson appears conservative on paper. As is the case with much of Santa Cruz's lineup, the goal with the Bronson is excellence, not extremity. The 66-degree head angle provides the necessary stability for charging full-bore into enduro race stages, while remaining quick enough to change direction to be forgiving should you find yourself on a poorly-chosen line. At 17in, the chainstays strike a nice balance between being short enough to turn quickly, and long en...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
If you've spent time pedaling on any trail system in the past few years, chances are good you've seen your fair share of Santa Cruz Bronsons out there. The Bronson is everywhere, and it largely owes its omnipresence to its geometry, which is slack and long but shows flashes of a trail bike's nimble responsiveness when the situation demands. With the all-new Bronson 2. 1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame, Santa Cruz took that all-mountain geometry and pushed it even further in both directions. The current Bronson is slacker, longer, and lower to stick lines across everything from rock gardens to steps, and it's also got a steeper seat tube and more aggressive, dexterous back end, which translates to deft maneuvering and spirited trail manners. In short, the Bronson is an even more all-mountain version of what many already consider the all-mountain standard. While the list of changes is long, the headline is definitely the head tube, which slacks out by an extra tick on the protractor compared to the previous Bronson, dropping from 67 to 66 degrees. This change is complemented with a corresponding increase in top tube length, 150mm of dropper range, and a lower bottom bracket, a combination that allows for short-stemmed, point-and-click confidence while traversing lines that would cause even the previous Bronson to hesitate. The latest Bronson's lines are bigger, its steps are droppier, and it effectively erases the rooty terrain that trail and XC bikes have to pick through with delicate care. The Bronson's seat tube moves in the opposite direction of the head tube, getting steeper by almost a full degree in order to position the engine (read: your hips) up over the cranks. The revised geometry keeps you on top of the pedal stroke, and relocated links allow for a shorter chainstay, which makes for more power transferring efficiency. The back end is finished with the new 12 x 148mm axle standard, ensuring that the extra watts produced by the improved pedaling positio...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Upon introduction in 2013, the Bronson defined the all-mountain segment with 150-millimeters of VPP travel paired with aggressive geometry that screamed of high-speed stability, yet never let you down when it was time to pedal back uphill for another grin-inducing decent. As good as the original Bronson was, it benefited from geometry updates in 2016 that pushed it to slacker, longer, and lower realms. Carrying over these second gen updates, the Santa Cruz Bronson 2. 1 Carbon CC XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike smashes across chunky rock gardens, rails around corners, and drops into steep alpine terrain with unflappable stability and long-travel composure. The second gen Bronson features aggressive geometry, dropping the head tube to 66 degrees versus the original version's 67-degree head tube angle. This slacker geometry makes it all the more stable and confident pointing downhill at high speeds and dissecting chunky rock gardens. The bottom bracket is much lower as well, dropping down to 13. 4 inches, which strikes the right balance between stability and confident cornering--all without being rock-strikingly low like much of the competition's bikes. Chainstays shrink down to 17 inches for snappier handling and cornering precision, as well as making it easier to lift the front over trail obstacles standing in your way. Another geometry update is the longer reach and wheelbase, both of which increase stability at high speeds while making the cockpit roomier, so you don't have to upsize or run a longer stem if you're on the upper end of the sizing chart. Besides aggressive geometry updates, the big story with the Bronson 2. 1 is the VPP suspension, which features Santa Cruz's upper box-style linkage inspired by the previous generation of Nomad. The upper link connects to the top tube, which creates a stiffer design with greater stand-over clearance for short riders. Additionally, the lower link neatly sits above the bottom bracket, tucked away from damaging strik...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Bronson Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve complete mountain bike represents one of Santa Cruz's most beloved trail bikes at the top of its game. With 27. 5-inch wheels, a generous 6in of VPP travel, and a build kit that's equal parts lightweight and hard-hitting, this is a machine with very few limitations and an endless appetite for challenging trails. From its inception, the Bronson has been a bike that's defied convention. And just like its predecessor, the latest Bronson packs a wallop courtesy of its generous but measured suspension travel, as well as its nimble geometry and 27. 5-inch wheels. Equally capable as an enduro racer or an extremely versatile trail bike, there's very little that the Bronson doesn't do exceptionally well. A large part of the formula is, of course, the Bronson's 6in of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Bronson's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. It's a balance that Santa Cruz has mastered, allowing for the requisite efficiency for all-day rides, while still taking advantage of sufficient travel to tackle the hardest trails you could possibly hope to find. When comparing the Bronson's geometry to those of some of its noteworthy competitors, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Bronson appears conservative on paper. As is the case with much of Santa Cruz's lineup, the goal with the Bronson is excellence, not extremity. The 66-degree head angle provides the necessary stability for charging full-bore into enduro race stages, while remaining quick enough to change direction to be forgiving should you mistakenly find yourself on a poorly-chosen line. At 17 inches, the chainstays strike a nice balance between being s...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Bronson 2. 1 Carbon R complete mountain bike is an incredibly capable all rounder that will encourage you to seek out more difficult terrain than ever before. With 27. 5in wheel, a generous 6in of VPP travel, and a build kit that features SRAM's, range-enhancing GX Eagle drivetrain, this Bronson build is ready for both tech filled adventures and high-mileage days. From its inception, the Bronson has been a bike that's defied convention. And just like its predecessor, the latest Bronson packs a wallop courtesy of its generous but measured suspension travel, as well as its nimble geometry and 27. 5in wheels. Equally capable as an enduro racer or an extremely versatile trail bike, there's very little that the Bronson doesn't do exceptionally well. A large part of the formula is, of course, the Bronson's 6in of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Bronson's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. It's a balance that Santa Cruz has mastered, allowing for the requisite efficiency for all-day rides while still taking advantage of sufficient travel to tackle the hardest trails you could possibly hope to find. When comparing the Bronson's geometry to those of some of its noteworthy competitors, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Bronson appears conservative on paper. As is the case with much of Santa Cruz's lineup, the goal with the Bronson is excellence, not extremity. The 66-degree head angle provides the necessary stability for charging full-bore into enduro race stages, while remaining quick enough to change direction to be forgiving should you find yourself on a poorly chosen line. At 17in, the chainstays strike a nice balance between being short enough to turn quickl...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Bronson 2. 1 Carbon S complete mountain bike takes one of the most beloved trail bikes of the modern era and dresses it in components that offer nearly identical performance to the top level builds at a much more modest asking price. The combination of 27. 5-inch wheels, a generous 6in of VPP travel, and a build kit that features a hard-charging suspension package and SRAM's groundbreaking GX Eagle drivetrain makes for a truly potent mix in nearly any terrain. From its inception, the Bronson has been a bike that's defied convention. And just like its predecessor, the latest Bronson packs a wallop courtesy of its generous but measured suspension travel, as well as its nimble geometry and 27. 5-inch wheels. Equally capable as an enduro racer or an extremely versatile trail bike, there's very little that the Bronson doesn't do exceptionally well. A large part of the formula is, of course, the Bronson's 6in of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Bronson's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. It's a balance that Santa Cruz has mastered, allowing for the requisite efficiency for all-day rides, while still taking advantage of sufficient travel to tackle the hardest trails you could possibly hope to find. When comparing the Bronson's geometry to those of some of its noteworthy competitors, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Bronson appears conservative on paper. As is the case with much of Santa Cruz's lineup, the goal with the Bronson is excellence, not extremity. The 66-degree head angle provides the necessary stability for charging full-bore into enduro race stages, while remaining quick enough to change direction to be forgiving should you mist...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
With all the excitement surrounding the new Nomad and Hightower LT geometries, some riders may be excused for overlooking the Bronson 2. 1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike. But not by us. From Trans Provence to The Ridge, the Bronson has proven repeatedly that it's one of the most capable steeds in the all-mountain category, and the latest generation pushes the envelope a bit farther in all the areas that first made us fall in love with the Bronson. It's longer, slacker, and has a bit more travel than its predecessor, so there are even fewer excuses now for overlooking it. A large part of the winning formula is, of course, the Bronson's 6in of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Bronson's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. It's a balance that Santa Cruz has mastered, allowing for the requisite efficiency for all-day rides, while still taking advantage of sufficient travel to tackle the hardest trails you could possibly hope to find. When comparing the Bronson's geometry to some of its noteworthy competitors, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Bronson appears conservative on paper. But again, not by us. As is the case with much of Santa Cruz's lineup, the goal with the Bronson is excellence, not extremity. The 66-degree head angle provides the necessary stability for charging full-bore into enduro race stages, while remaining quick enough to change direction to be forgiving should you mistakenly find yourself on a poorly-chosen line. At 17 inches, the chainstays strike a nice balance between being short enough to turn quickly, and long enough to maintain weight on the front wheel, especially when hanging off the back in steep chutes. At 13. 4 i...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Upholding its adaptable namesake with versatility that's near impossible to match in the realm of aluminum hardtails, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 27. 5+ D Complete Mountain Bike conquers everything from fast-flowing forest loops to rock-littered alpine descents without feeling out of its element. Accommodating the latest standards of modern trail bikes, the 2017 Chameleon is reinvigorated with a longer front end, low-slung bottom bracket of 12. 4 inches, snappy 16. 3-inch chainstays, and a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle. These geometry figures make the newest Chameleon extremely well balanced when you're ripping steep descents, without inhibiting its ability to power itself back up on climbs. The Chameleon has always been known for its adaptability to whatever the trail throws your way, and the latest version has really outdone itself with the ability to swap between 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels, courtesy of interchangeable dropouts. Bringing another benefit, the interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap out the gears for single-speed use, should you desire a no-nonsense drivetrain that excels in elevation challenged areas or simply enjoy pushing your bike without pesky gears. 15 millimeters of fore and aft adjustment manages chain tension and chainstay length. This particular Chameleon benefits from the bump-smoothing plushness and massive cornering grip of 27. 5+ wheels with plus-sized tires. The provided 2. 8-inch tubeless tires allow you to drastically lower the pressure for smoother tracking across the rough stuff, as well as unrelenting grip when you lean it through a corner or pedal along a loose patch of dirt with chunky rocks. Because of its plus-sized tires, you'll find the Chameleon to not only to be an excellent choice for trails with loose chunder and rock gardens, but also for lengthy bikepacking adventures where added shock absorption equates to less fatigue, especially when you don't have a full-suspension absorbing bumps and rocks. For the 27...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
In an industry going ever deeper into the deep end of the travel pool, a hardtail like the Chameleon 27. 5+ Mountain Bike Frame stands out. It's always been known for its adaptability to whatever the trail throws your way, and the latest version has really outdone itself with the ability to swap between 27. 5+ and 29in wheels, courtesy of interchangeable dropouts. Bringing another benefit, the interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap out the gears for single-speed use, should you desire a no-nonsense drivetrain that excels in elevation challenged areas or simply enjoy pushing your bike without pesky gears. 15mm of fore and aft adjustment manages chain tension and chainstay length. The Chameleon surfaces the latest standards of modern trail bikes, including a longer front end, low-slung bottom bracket of 12. 4in, snappy 16. 3in chainstays, and a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle. These geometry figures make the newest Chameleon extremely well balanced when you're ripping steep descents, without inhibiting its ability to power itself back up on climbs. While 29ers are always welcomed by the hardpack crowd, 27. 5+ spacing lets this particular Chameleon change its colors by riding terrain a hardtail would typically balk at. Plus-sized 2. 8in tubeless tires allow you to drastically lower the pressure for smoother tracking across the rough stuff, and they provide unrelenting grip when you lean it through a corner or pedal along a loose patch of dirt with chunky rocks. When equipped with plus-sized tires, you'll find the Chameleon to not only to be an excellent choice for trails with loose chunder and rock gardens, but also for lengthy bikepacking adventures where added shock absorption equates to less fatigue, especially when you don't have a full-suspension absorbing bumps and rocks.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Chameleon has been a staple in the Santa Cruz lineup for over 20 years. The model has endured, with a legion of fans, because of the bike's ability to adapt to rider's needs all the while coming in at a price that makes n+1 a reality--traits that surface again in the Chameleon 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike. The frame caters to those that favor a heavy-duty hardtail that can handle laps at the bike park, black diamond singletrack, and camping trips alike. As proponents of all of the above, we appreciate the bike's ability to easily switch from gears to singlespeed and the tweaks to the frame in an effort to modernize the geometry and allow the frame to work with longer travel forks. The Chameleon 5. 0 takes everything we loved about the frames of the past and supersizes the clearance so you can now choose 27. 5+ or 29in wheels. Add in FOX's Rhythm 34 fork, SRAM's value packed NX group, and some fat 3in tires and the Chameleon R+ will put a smile on your face and become the go-to bike that's always getting dirty. The R+ version of the Chameleon is compatible with 29in and 27. 5+ wheels, and it comes set up with the latter. Changing between wheel sizes requires different dropouts to adapt the geometry; those dropouts are available separately from Santa Cruz. The sliding dropouts allow you to adjust the chainstay length so you can adjust the distance between the rear dropouts and bottom bracket to suit both your terrain and riding style. The dropout design also allows for chain tension management if you choose to run the bike as a singlespeed. We applaud Santa Cruz in constructing the Chameleon frame from aluminum. This is a bike that encourages a rider to test their limits, and alloy is the right choice for when those tests see a rider picking themselves (and the bike) up off the ground. The material choice is durable and also keeps the price quite reasonable, leaving enough in your pocket to outfit the bike for several weeklong bike packing excursion or a s...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Chameleon has always been one of the most versatile hardtails on the market, due to its aggressive design giving it well-balanced composure on technical trails where you'd normally leave the hardtail at home in favor of a full-suspension bike. For 2018, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 D Complete Mountain Bike upholds its adaptable namesake with the ability to run both 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels courtesy of interchangeable drop-outs, as well as modern trail geometry that's longer, low-slung, and relatively slack. 6000-series aluminum retains high levels of strength and stiffness without incurring the cost of fancier carbon frames. Nice-to-have frame details include stealth dropper post routing for future upgrades, multiple bottle mounts, and a threaded bottom bracket that eliminates the annoying creaks of press fit bottom brackets. Delving into the Chameleon's geometry in 29er form, you'll find a relatively slack 67. 3-degree head tube angle offering the stability for dropping into steep descents littered with rock and root impediments. This slacker head tube angle is desirable if you're an aggressive trail rider looking to conquer steep, technical trails without the bike feeling squirrely on the descent like racier XC bikes with steeper head tubes. However, the head tube angle isn't the only geometry cue that's telling of the Chameleon's personality, so you'll be delighted to know its longer reach and wheelbase figures create a roomier cockpit that maintains stability when you're opening it up at high speeds. And because the front end is longer, the engineers at Santa Cruz kept the chainstays short at only 16. 3 inches, allowing for quick maneuverability and easier lifting of the front over trail impediments standing in your way. Seeing it's one of the most versatile hardtails on the market, it only makes sense that Santa Cruz equipped the Chameleon with interchangeable dropouts, so you can swap out the provided 29-inch wheels for 27. 5+ fatties, shou...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Sure it's a tall order, but the Santa Cruz Chameleon frame may be the basis for the world's most versatile bicycle. Ready for 29 inch or 27. 5 Plus wheels, and built to handle everything from bikepacking, to hardcore trail riding, to mid-week cross country races, consider this the starting point for a machine that will cover more bases than any other bikes in your quiver. The Chameleon has become one of Santa Cruz's longest running and most beloved models in a large part because of its no-nonsense functionality. Originally conceived as a heavy-duty trail bike that could handle jumping, slalom, and a plethora of build options, the Chameleon has adapted to modern trends, but retains 100% of its trademark utility. This version of the Chameleon is compatible with both 29-inch and 27. 5+ wheels. The change requires different dropouts, which are available separately from Santa Cruz, should you want to get a second wheelset. The dropouts also provide adjustable chainstay length, which can be used both to fine tune handling, and to provide chain tension should you opt for a singlespeed build in the future. As befits a truly utilitarian steed, the Chamelon is built from aluminum, which is both impervious to rust and highly resistant to impact damage. This choice of materials also results in a fairly modest asking price, which makes the Chameleon both an excellent introductory mountain bike, and a tempting addition to any well-equipped stable. Geometry plays a key role in the Chamelon's versatility, with short chainstays, fairly long reach measurements per size, and a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle. The 5-inch fork takes the edge off of rough trails without resulting in the dramatic geometry shifts that can occur on hardtails with longer travel forks. And while it's certainly a jack of all trades, the Chameleon shines in a number of different roles, and practically begs to be reconfigured over time to meet your changing needs.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
From trail riding to commuting to bike packing, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R complete bike lives up to its reputation as one of the most adaptable bikes yet devised. The Chameleon has become one of Santa Cruz's longest running and most beloved models in a large part because of its no-nonsense functionality. Originally conceived as a heavy-duty trail bike that could handle jumping, slalom, and a plethora of build options, the Chameleon has adapted to modern trends, but retains 100% of its trademark functionality. This version of the Chameleon is compatible with both 29-inch and 27. 5+ wheels. The change requires different dropouts, which are available separately from Santa Cruz, should you want to get a second wheelset. The dropouts also provide adjustable chainstay length, which can be used both to fine tune handling, and to provide chain tension should you opt for a singlespeed build in the future. As befits a truly utilitarian steed, the Chamelon is built from aluminum, which is both impervious to rust and highly resistant to impact damage. This choice of materials also results in a fairly modest asking price, which makes the Chameleon both an excellent introductory mountain bike, and a tempting addition to the well-equipped stable. Geometry plays a key role in the Chamelon's versatility, with short chainstays, fairly long reach measurements per size, and a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle. The 5-inch fork takes the edge off of rough trails without resulting in the dramatic geometry shifts that can occur on hardtails with longer travel forks. And while it's certainly a jack of all trades, the Chameleon shines in a number of different roles thanks to its carefully tuned balance. The 29 R Chameleon is built for adventure without any updates necessary. The Fox Rhythm 34 fork smooths out braking bumps and rough sections of trail, while providing easy setup and tuning. SRAM's NX drivetrain offers plenty of gear range for big rides, while Level T brakes ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 27.5 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 27.5 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Purebred for cross-country domination, the Santa Cruz Highball 27. 5 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is a streamlined race rocket with its feathery-light, exceptionally stiff Carbon CC frame that transfers every watt of available energy into blistering acceleration. This particular Highball benefits from its 27. 5-inch wheels, which are great for smaller riders seeking increased stand-over clearance and easier handling through tight courses. In fact, the 27. 5-inch Highball comes in a size small, whereas the 29-inch version is only available in size medium and up. For the competitive racer, Santa Cruz's Carbon CC frame shaves precious weight from the lower priced Carbon C frame--all without sacrificing the legendary strength and stiffness you've come to love from Santa Cruz carbon frames. You'll find the Carbon CC frame saves approximately 280 grams from the lower-priced Carbon C frame, which is rather significant seeing the extremes competitive racers go to save every last gram. It retains the same carbon lay-up as the 2017 model, which underwent subtle changes in the seat stays and seat tube. Moreover, the Highball's 27. 2-millimeter seat post enhances compliance, so it's not as harsh when you're riding over unruly terrain for grueling distances. Although it's rolling on smaller wheels than its 29er sibling, the Highball 27. 5in retains the same snappy acceleration and agile handling of the larger model, due in part to its 69-degree head tube angle in conjunction with ultra-short 16. 7-inch chainstays. Numbers aside, it's dialed to keep you agile and balanced through tight cross-country courses while maximizing uphill efficiency where time is often lost on race day. Plus, it's never too high strung on the descent, meaning you won't feel unnerving when the trail plunges downhill at speed. Paying attention to all the right details, the Highball 27. 5 Carbon CC frame forgoes the pesky creaking of press-fit bottom brackets for the dependability of a BSA threaded bo...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 27.5 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 27.5 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Refined for the competitive needs of cross-country and marathon racers, the Santa Cruz Highball 27. 5 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike has no qualms about its focus on all-out speed and nimble handling when every pedal stroke is crucial to closing the gap on the race day. This particular Highball sports 27. 5-inch wheels for quicker cornering and directional changes over the 29-inch version. The Highball 27. 5 provides greater stand-over and easier maneuverability for shorter riders choosing the small-sized frame, which is absent on the 29-inch version. The Carbon C frame maintains superior stiffness while remaining a relatively lightweight affair, translating every stroke of the cranks into forward-surging acceleration. It is approximately 280 grams (that's 9. 8 ounces) heavier than Santa Cruz's top-shelf Carbon CC frame, but at the benefit of significant cost savings that you can use for race entry fees and weekend trips to your favorite cross-country networks. Santa Cruz claims the Highball Carbon is one of the stiffest frames they've ever produced, meaning it's exceptionally efficient when you're chasing down KOMs on brutal climbs and sprinting towards the finish on race day. Delving into the geometry of the Highball 27. 5, you'll find its 69-degree head tube balances razor-sharp XC handling traits without feeling unnerving or squirrely on technical XC courses and rock-strewn descents. For a bit more comfort, Santa Cruz engineered it with thinner stays and a 27. 2-millimeter seatpost for greater compliance when roots and rocks make their presence known, especially without a rear suspension to smooth out the rough stuff. Another notable design characteristic, the 12. 4-inch bottom bracket imparts race car-like handling when you're cleaning tight switchbacks and ripping around turns on the trail. Looking at this particular Carbon R build, you'll find it's nicely equipped for the price with its RockShox Reba RL 100-millimeter fork maintaining composure across ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Highball 29 Carbon CC X01 Eagle complete mountain bike is built purely to be an advantage when the gate drops on your next cross-country race. Feather light, rocket fast, and durable enough to handle the most challenging races, this is a worthy machine for those chasing podiums and points all season long. The geometry chart makes the Highball's intent crystal clear, with a fairly steep 70. 5-degree head angle, choppy chainstays, and a short wheelbase making for delicate handling. In order to ensure that the handling is quick but not skittish, the Highball is built around a significant 56mm bottom bracket drop, which keeps the rider positioned "in" the bike. The result is a machine that's incredibly adept at fighting for the lead out of the gate, but retains the stability necessary for hard efforts toward the end of a race. The focused intent is on display throughout the Highball frame from its oversized bottom bracket area, which ensures maximum power transfer to the stiffness-enhancing thru-axle out back. Counterintuitively, the rear thru-axle also allows for sleeker, smoother-riding seatstays, ensuring that this hardtail race rocket won't beat its pilot up excessively on the longest races. To that end, the Highball also has a 27. 2in seat tube, which was chosen to open the option of a more flexible, and thus more comfortable, seatpost. It pairs well with the threaded bottom bracket, proving that sometimes the old designs are still the best. The Highball is built using Santa Cruz's top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Santa Cruz has proven time and time again th...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Cross country hardtails still have a place. The lightweight ride and efficient pedaling is a god-send on many race courses and if the majority of your riding is done on buff trails. We feel pretty privileged that our mountain bike tutelage came on hardtails. We feel like having to pick lines a little more carefully makes you a more competent rider and when you do jump back on the full-squish, you can absolutely fly. The 2018 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is the bike to have if you are looking to dabble in some XC racing or want a nice low-maintenance rig for training. A fairly relaxed headtube angle, for a racier 29er hardtail at least, and short chainstays will have you riding terrain and will surprise you that this hardtail is as capable. The R build kit consists of SRAM's workhorse NX drivetrain, Level T hydraulic brakes, and WTB wheels. Other quality touch points include the Race Face seatpost, handlebar, cranks, and stem. You'll be able to get this carbon rocket on the trails for way less than you thought possible. This frame can rip race courses with brutal efficiency and under the right pilot, it can pull double duty and take on some pretty rugged adventures too. The big wheels roll with great efficiency and climb with great urgency when heading uphill. On the way down, we simply lean back and let the bike pick the right lines again letting the wagon wheels do the work. The Rock Shox Reba RL fork is set at 100mm but Santa Cruz gives its blessings to go to 120mm if you want to slacken the headtube another half-degree for marathon efforts and more surefootedness. The 12 x 142mm rear axle is plenty stiff and ensures that every watt goes right into the rear wheel and provides solid tracking when slaloming high speed through Aspen groves. We are glad the industry has returned to 27. 2mm seatposts since the added compliance and flex is welcome on hardtails. Perched atop that post is a WTB Volt saddle, a perennial favorite at Competitiv...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Besides the signature color options, Santa Cruz's Highball 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike has a checklist of qualities that recommend it for the mountain bike recreationalist who also has occasional interest in pinning on a number. The newly upgraded Shimano SLX M7000 drivetrain, the 29in wagon wheels, Santa Cruz's meticulously dialed XC geometry, the no-nonsense hydroformed aluminum frame--the only things separating it from the California firm's enduro models are half-a-dozen inches of unnecessary rear travel and a few thousand more dollars of cost. We're sure that money would be better directed toward race entries, national park fees, or your knobby tire crew's traveling gas fund. In order to accommodate its big wheels, the Highball 29's chainstays register at a hair under 17 inches, but a steep head tube brings the wheelbase to over a half-inch shorter than the smaller-wheeled Highball 27. The Highball 29 is nimble enough to gently pick through trail furniture and it tracks through berms like a cat on carpet, but it still shines brightest when the throttle is fully open. The 12 x 142mm rear axle is the stiff rear triangle's best friend, ensuring that every possible watt goes straight into the trail, but the slimmed-down 27. 2mm seatpost helps to alleviate chatter from the countless more miles of trail you'll be able to cover compared to the hulking six-inch bikes your buddies are on.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Highball Carbon 27. 5 R1 Complete Mountain Bike may not be the out-and-out fastest XC machine in Santa Cruz's stable. That honor falls to the Highball 29er--but only in the vacuum of a smooth ribbon of singletrack or a well-kempt fire road. There's no room for honor in the less-than smooth conditions of an actual XC race, and the Highball 27. 5's ability to overcome small obstacles with a large angle of attack without sacrificing dexterity while climbing or getting hung-up while interrogating stretches of recalcitrant, enduro-worthy trail furniture mean that it's actually superior outside of virtual speed simulations. Though speed is the focus here and squish tends to eat into that, the Highball does address the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, down to 27. 2 millimeters. While this doesn't quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Nomad or Bronson, it does help to eat up trail vibrations that tend to accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 27. 5 model has a more moderate head tube angle than the Highball 29er. At just 69 degrees, it rides the divide between slack stability and razor-sharp handling, keeping you in control while helping to control the terrain. Unsurprisingly, it also has shorter chainstays than the 29er version, which maximizes the hardtail rear triangle's efficiency while mashing. As with the original 29-inch model, the Highball 27. 5 is a single-piece layup of carbon fiber instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, strengthening the frame, dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load, and allowing for comparable strength with less material and a lower weight. Translated into trail talk, this means the Highball hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals, dampen high-speed chatter, and hold lines like a cat on carpet -- all with a low...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
In the era of huge enduro sleds, the term "all-mountain" has come to paradoxically refer more and more to just the downhill part of riding. Santa Cruz Bicycles' Highball Carbon 27. 5 R2 Complete Mountain Bike refuses that narrative direction, though, replacing the gee-golly suspension and exaggerated angles of many six-inch bikes with a hardtail platform that climbs as well as any bike on the market but is still nimble enough to dice surprisingly techy sections of trail furniture. Where bikes like the free-for-all Nomad are the equivalent of taking an axe to rooty chutes, the Highball is a scalpel, giving a skilled user the precision to perform surgery when things get techy. Given its twin focus of climbing and speed, the Highball R2 is well-served by Shimano's SLX M7000 double drivetrain. One-by certainly has its place, but two chainrings and an 11-speed cassette give this Highball build the ability to always find the optimal gear, regardless of the grade and terrain. The Highball does address the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, down to 27. 2 millimeters. While this doesn't quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Nomad or Bronson, it does help to eat up trail vibrations that tend to accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 27. 5 model has a more moderate head tube angle than the Highball 29er. At just 69 degrees, it rides the divide between slack stability and razor-sharp handling, keeping you in control while helping to control the terrain. Unsurprisingly, it also has shorter chainstays than the 29er version, which maximizes the hardtail rear triangle's efficiency while mashing. As with the original 29-inch model, the Highball 27. 5 is a single-piece layup of carbon fiber instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, strengthening the frame, dissipating the f...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
While your friends risk strained biceps and broken quads just to get their huge travel rigs into the bike rack, you'll be darting ahead, light and carefree on the 2017 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike. Featuring an elongated top tube, stable wheelbase, and aggressive stance the Highball is prepared to tackle terrain that would send most other hardtails running for cover. The R2 build kits up with Shimano's workhorse SLX drivetrain, Level T hydraulic brakes, and WTB wheels to deftly navigate the trail. Despite a new paint job, the latest frame is still the same rebellious answer to the slacked out, super cush enduro trend dominating the glossies as of late. To accommodate its big wheels, the Highball 29's chainstays register at a hair under 17 inches, but a steep head tube brings the wheelbase to over a half-inch shorter than the smaller-wheeled Highball 27. 5. The Highball 29 is nimble enough to gently pick through trail furniture, digs in through berms, and still shines brightest when opening up the throttle. The 12 x 142mm rear axle is the stiff rear triangle's best friend, ensuring that every possible watt goes straight into the trail, and the slimmed-down 27. 2mm seatpost helps to alleviate chatter from the countless more miles of hardpack you'll be able to cover compared to the hulking six-inch sleds your buddies are on. Santa Cruz uses a lower modulus carbon for Highball Carbon C frame than that used in the top-end Carbon CC models, so more material is required to achieve the same stiffness and durability. The tradeoff is that those few grams also come with a big decrease in cost. The whole frame is a single layup instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes, so the fibers wrap continuously through structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket. This strengthens the frame by dissipating the force from impacts, and also more efficiently channels pedal input.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz Bicycles' recipe for singletrack speed is simple. Start with a wagon-wheel base for an aggressive angle of approach and steamroller capabilities, subtract 1. 5in of rim diameter to add agility, lengthen the reach, and shred to taste. If you've followed these steps correctly, then the results should look something like the Highball Carbon CC 27. 5 Eagle X01 Complete Mountain Bike. The Highball bakes up into an aggressive XC machine that capitalizes on speed for endurance events but also rocks a short stem and nimble wheelbase for spry handling that dices the chunky stuff like garlic in an Italian grandmother's kitchen. Of course, we're not too terribly adept at cooking, so we're happy to let Santa Cruz do the prep work--especially since SRAM (one of our favorite sous chefs) finishes the dish with a generous helping of the new Eagle X01 drivetrain. Eagle's 50t cog brings us back to the Italian grandmother theme, as it's the ultimate granny gear and will help you clean your plate when you've taken on a bit more climbing than your belly can handle. The latest Highball Carbon CC frame is built with the same Carbon CC construction as its predecessor. It features a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to a lighter chassis that needs fewer watts to propel, and the watts that you do pour into it are transferred with greater efficiency courtesy of the increased stiffness. The whole frame is also a single piece instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, buttressing the frame and dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals and dampens high-speed chatter. The Highball's efficiency combines with its low-weight ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Santa Cruz Highball Carbon CC 27. 5 XT Complete Mountain Bike is a purebred XC race bike with sharp handling, unrelenting stiffness, and zippy acceleration. Optimized for cross-country and marathon racers, the Highball has no qualms about focusing on all-out speed and nimble handling when every pedal stroke is crucial to closing the gap on the competition. This particular Highball benefits from 27. 5-inch wheels, which offer quicker cornering and directional changes than their 29-inch counterparts. 27. 5-inch wheels also provide greater stand-over and easier maneuverability for shorter riders choosing the small-sized frame. The Carbon CC frame on this build shaves approximately 280 grams (that's 9. 8 ounces!) from Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame without compromising one bit of strength or stiffness. In fact, you'll immediately feel its resoundingly stiff carbon lay-up, which translates every ounce of rider energy into forward-screaming momentum. Its 69-degree head tube angle balances razor-sharp XC handling traits without feeling unnerving or squirrely on technical courses and rock-strewn descents. For a bit of added comfort, Santa Cruz engineered it with thinner stays and a 27. 2-millimeter seat tube, both of which impart compliance for the bumps, rocks, and roots you're bound to ride over on the race course or trail. Another notable design characteristic, the low-slung 12. 4-inch bottom bracket imparts race car-like handling when you're cleaning tight switchbacks, powering up technical climbs, and negotiating tight, tree-lined trails. Delving into this Carbon CC XT build kit, you'll find the provided RockShox SID RLC 100-millimeter fork gives you the XC-specific performance desired by competitive riders seeking every available edge. Not only does this fork boast wider Boost spacing for better tracking on technical, rock-strewn courses, but it's also one of the lightest and stiffest forks in RockShox's line of XC-specific forks. It comes with RockShox's renow...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Though it's now available in a 27. 5in wheel version, the lively kick of Santa Cruz's Highball Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike proves it will always be a 29er at heart. The fit is so natural that SC didn't have to make many changes between 2016 and 2017, simply updating a few elements of the build kit and dressing the Highball in some new colorways. SRAM's bang-for-the-buck X01 Eagle drivetrain and a set of DT Swiss 350 hubs are among the returning cast. Ditto the ARC 24 rims--though some recent industry moves mean they've been rebranded from Easton to Race Face. The latest Highball Carbon CC frame is also built with the same Carbon CC construction as its predecessor. It features a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to a lighter chassis that needs fewer watts to propel, and the watts that you do pour into it are transferred with greater efficiency courtesy of the increased stiffness. The whole frame is also a single piece instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, buttressing the frame and dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals and dampens high-speed chatter. The Highball's efficiency combines with its low-weight for a package that makes any full-suspension bike's responsiveness feel as sharp as an overripe banana.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
When it comes to Santa Cruz's XC pageant, the Highball Carbon CC 29 X01 Complete Mountain Bike takes the crown and scepter. There are certainly more expensive builds of the wagon-wheeled hardtail, but anyone who's spun Shimano's XT drivetrain up to speed knows that the only real differences between it and XTR are weight and the confidence to bash it around on the trails. The DT Swiss 350 hubs and Race Face's ARC 24 rims are similarly dependable and race-ready kit, and--far from being a budget model--Shimano's XT brakes are largely the choice of any aspiring racer without a sponsor insisting that they ride a more expensive model. The latest Highball Carbon CC frame is built with the same Carbon CC construction as its predecessor. It features a higher modulus carbon than the Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to a lighter chassis that needs fewer watts to propel, and the watts that you do pour into it are transferred with greater efficiency courtesy of the increased stiffness. The whole frame is also a single piece instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, buttressing the frame and dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals and dampens high-speed chatter. The Highball's efficiency combines with its low-weight for a package that makes any full-suspension bike's responsiveness feel as sharp as an overripe banana.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike is a razor-sharp XC bike with an astoundingly stiff carbon frame that rockets forward with every turn of the cranks. This particular build benefits immensely from its 29-inch wheel size, which provides an advantage in terms of roll-over clearance when large roots and rocks pose a threat to your forward-surging momentum. It's hooked up with ENVE m50/50 carbon wheels for blistering acceleration with their absurdly light and stiff carbon lay-up. This wheelset maximizes your racing efficiency with a skinnier internal width (only 21-millimeters) optimized purely for rolling speed and lower volume tires typically used by XC racers. If you desire to run a bit larger tire, both the wheelset and frame handily accept rubber up to 2. 3-inches, giving you a bit more grip and bump compliance. Delving into particulars on this Highball's frame, you'll find it gets Santa Cruz's top-flight Carbon CC for a weight savings of approximately 280 grams from the lower-spec Carbon C. Santa Cruz's Carbon CC frames offer the lightest possible weight by trimming off excess carbon in strategic areas with meticulous detail. This means you'll have a lightweight carbon frame without the compromise in strength or stiffness you've come to expect from XC race bikes. Delving into the Highball 29er's geometry, you'll find its 70. 5-degree head tube angle is purely focused on XC domination, offering up the sharp steering precision demanded for conquering XC courses and the tight, tree-lined trails. The 12. 4-inch bottom bracket height instills low-slung handling characteristics, so you'll stay glued to the trail around sweeping corners and high-speed straights. Sub 17-inch chainstays make the rear end feel snappy and quick to negotiate tight switchbacks where quick directional changes are necessary. And to ensure a bit more comfort, the thinner stays and seat tube impart a bit more compliance over the pounding rocks and bumpy root se...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
We always thought the "too much of a good thing" adage was a bunch of nonsense, especially when it comes to XC speed. The superlative build kit of the Highball 29 Carbon CC XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike indicates Santa Cruz Bicycles agrees with us. It combines what may be the most optimal carbon lay-up schedule in the knobby tire world with a set of ENVE M50 Fifty hoops. Does that amount to too much weight loss, stiffness, and speed' Nah, we don't think so. It's telling that the inclusion of SRAM's flagship one-by drivetrain is kind of an afterthought on this build, but when all that carbon steals the limelight, even the new 12-speed XX1 Eagle can pale in comparison. The Highball 29er's frame is a single-piece layup of carbon fiber instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes. This allows Santa Cruz to wrap the fibers continuously around structurally important junctures like the head tube and bottom bracket, strengthening the frame, dissipating the force from impacts and pedaling load, and allowing for comparable strength with less material. Translated into trail talk, this means it hits the bricks when you stomp on the pedals, dampens high-speed chatter, and holds lines like a cat on carpet--all with a low-weight that makes any full-suspension bike look like a bloated downhill-only machine. The Highball does somewhat address the lack of rear suspension with a diminished seatpost, slimmed down to 27. 2 millimeters. While this doesn't quite equate to the square-edge hit capabilities of the Nomad or Bronson, it does help to eat up chatter that will otherwise accumulate over the course of a long ride. Up front, the 29-inch model has a sharper head tube angle than the Highball 27. 5 so it dances nimbly through switchbacks and technical sections. Although it has longer chainstays than the 27. 5 version, The Highball 29er actually has a shorter wheelbase, courtesy of that head tube angle, which contributes to the confident handling when quarters get...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Rolling on the voluminous support of 27. 5+ wheels, the Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike steamrolls every line in sight and grabs tenaciously around loose corners where you'd previously wash out. Designed for everything from rowdy alpine descents to undulating forest trails, the Hightower 27. 5+ gives you the ability to cruise over the rockiest terrain and loosest soil with its massive tires grabbing to anything lying in its path. Paired with 135 millimeters of responsive VPP suspension, you'll find the Hightower 27. 5+ blurs the line between dedicated trail bike and aggressive all-mountain rig. One of the more unique features with the Hightower is its flip-chip, which allows you to swap between 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels with minimal impact on its slack, confidence-inspiring geometry. In 27. 5+ form, the Hightower accommodates 2. 8-inch tires for unrelenting traction and control where you'd previously be on the precipice of washing out or skidding off the trail. We recommend sticking with this plus-size tire recommendation of 2. 8 inches, as larger 3-inch rubber may present clearance issues with certain tire manufacturers. If the Hightower's ability to swap tire sizes gives you a taste of its versatility, then its aggressively long and slack geometry provides a glimpse into its penchant for fast and rowdy descents. The 66. 8-degree head tube angle strikes a nice balance between descending composure without being overly slack for spirited climbs back to the top of the mountain. To ensure it's ready for long climbs, the engineers at Santa Cruz gave it a 74. 3-degree seat tube angle, which places you in an optimal position for laying power to the pedals. Furthermore, the 17. 1-inch chainstays are short enough for quick maneuvers around tight corners and uphill switchbacks. The Hightower uses the third generation of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension, often referred to as VPP3, for increased mid-stroke support and greater traction over small bu...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz's all-new Hightower Carbon 27. 5+ Complete Mountain Bike may ship as a mid-wheel/big-tire model, but its linkage can be adjusted, transforming it into a 29er without significantly altering its long, low, all-mountain geometry. Of course, the fact that it comes stock with Boost axles, clearance that easily accommodates 2. 8in tires, aggressively stubby chainstays, a long reach, and a decidedly slack head tube mean that you may never be tempted by the other side of the fence. The grass is looking pretty damn green right here in the 27. 5+ yard, especially when all of those features are paired with SRAM's newly Eagle-ized GX drivetrain. Though Santa Cruz is releasing a long-travel (LT) version of the Hightower, that new model doesn't include the flip chip in the upper link, which allows the shock mount to migrate and it definitely warrants some attention. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. There's definitely a trend in the industry towards four-inch 29ers slacked out for trail riding, but the Hightower's optional 29er incarnation pushes that trend into the enduro realm. Like with the ability to swap wheel sizes, the Hightower's middle-range, 5. 3in travel belies its true nature. Though its travel and wheel clearance may inspire initial comparisons with Mr. Moderate (the 5010) or SC's equivalent of a center in basketball (the Tallboy LT), Santa Cruz instead encourages us to "think of it as the Bronson's taller brother." Yep, that Bronson. Given the implied big-hit aggression of this comparison, we're compelled to dip into the lore of North American ball sports again for another analogy: the Hightower isn't a gangly hoopster so much as the two-wheeled version of a predatory linebacker. The 27. 5+ Hightower's 66. 8-degree head tube angle, generous tire clearance, and reworked Virtual Pivot Point...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
One of the most aggressive bikes in Santa Cruz's line, the Hightower Carbon 27. 5+ XE Complete Mountain Bike conquers formidable alpine terrain with a mixture of chunky rock gardens, variable soil conditions, and sweeping berms. When it was first introduced, the Hightower represented one of the longest travel big-wheeled bikes in Santa Cruz's line (now supplanted by the Hightower LT), instantly making it the go-to choice for aggressive riders. For unmatched versatility, the engineers at Santa Cruz designed it with a flip-chip along the upper linkage that allows you to switch between 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels. In this particular 27. 5+ set-up, you'll find the Hightower possesses massive traction and bump-smoothing capabilities, courtesy of its high volume 2. 8-inch tires gripping to anything on the trail and conforming to terrain surfaces. This version of the Hightower benefits from the significant weight savings of Santa Cruz's resoundingly stiff and strong Carbon C frame. If you're unaware, a stiffer frame translates into greater acceleration by transferring every pedal stroke into forward-surging momentum. Delving into the frame's noteworthy features, internal cable routing cleans up its overall aesthetic while allowing for hassle-free routing of the dropper post. The frame's also equipped with a BSA threaded bottom bracket for creak-free pedaling, as opposed to the press fit bottom brackets being pushed by the industry at the moment. In 27. 5+ form, the Hightower is an absolute juggernaut that's more forgiving of bad line choices and easier to rail corners with the massive tires digging aggressively into the trail. It's also more compliant over bumpy rocks and roots, as well as grabbing traction over loose, sandy soil types you'll encounter on less-than-ideal trails. Delving into the geometry, its 66. 8-degree head tube angle (in the high 27. 5+ setting) maintains composure for opening it up on high-speed descents and blasting over rocky terrain. The longer ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Once relegated to the wheelsize of choice just for the cross country set, more manufactures and riders are experiencing the advantages of the larger wheels on trail bikes while riding demanding terrain. The industry trend towards bigger wheels is building with a momentum akin to what we experience when riding bikes with wagon wheels. The 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon 29 R is another example of a do-it-all trail bike and it is dressed up with SRAM's excellent NX componentry and powerful Level T hydraulic brakes. The bike boasts 135mm of super composed VPP suspension and 140mm of plush travel from the RockShox Revelation fork to get you down the trail quickly and confidently.The 1x only setup on the Hightower allows Santa Cruz to shorten the chainstays to provide near telepathic handling in tight terrain and crawl up techy climbs with the greatest of ease. When the time comes to bomb back down, a 67-degree head tube angle, the added stiffness afforded by the boost spacing, and the latest version of the excellent Virtual Pivot Point suspension, allow for a shoot first ask questions second demeanor. Fast-flowing, buff singletrack or rocketing through baby head chunder, the Hightower attacks both with speed and grace. Santa Cruz drew inspiration from the Nomad when designing the suspension pivot placements on the Hightower. By doing so, the linkages remain out of the way and have the ability to accommodate a shock with a reservoir and a bottle cage, hinting at the bike's ability to handle enduro racing or backcountry epics alike. If you are looking for a machine that can handle an all-day death-march one weekend and multiple lifts to the top of the mountain the next, the Hightower is an able and happy playmate.Santa Cruz sets the bar on carbon frame construction and the top-notch fit and finish is present on this frame. The Hightower Carbon C is fully constructed from carbon fiber and boast the same ride quality and durability of Santa Cruz's top-of-the-line Ca...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
It may not feature SRAM's top-end Eagle drivetrain, but the Hightower Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike still has the same long, low geometry and peculiar flip chip shock mount system as its more expensive, X01- and XX1-equipped stablemates. It's also got the added stiffness of Boost axles, which improve the spokes' bracing angle and net a bump in wheel stiffness, addressing the main concern we've had with noodly 29ers over the years. The industry has recently been dabbling in the world of low-travel 29ers that ride more like trail bikes, but the surprisingly capable Hightower pushes that trend into the all-mountain world, adding rock gardens and heavily latticed root systems to the wagon wheel menu. Though the Hightower's mid-range, 5. 3in travel and 29in wheels may initially inspire comparisons with Mr. Moderate (the 5010) or SC's equivalent of a center in basketball (the Tallboy LT), Santa Cruz instead encourages us to "think of it as the Bronson's taller brother." Yep, that Bronson. Given the implied big-hit aggression of this comparison, we're compelled to again dip into the lore of North American ball sports for an analogy: the Hightower isn't a gangly hoopster so much as a two-wheeled version of a predatory linebacker. The frame's 67-degree head tube sits on the slack end of moderate, so it pairs with the frame's long, enduro-minded reach, chainstays that are 15mm stubbier than the Tallboy, and the latest generation of Virtual Pivot Point travel for a machine that isn't afraid of trail furniture or grades. It's a helluva lot faster over light terrain and rocky climbs than bikes like the Bronson, but it's still capable of cleaning lines that would make the steep-angled Tallboy befoul its long-legged pants. For the time when discretion is the better part of not bailing, the stubby chainstays mean it can also dice techy sections like a bike with smaller wheels--all of which means that whether you're into taking the direct route over the crux or the big line...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
As the premiere choice in Santa Cruz's line for conquering formidable alpine terrain, the Hightower Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike laughs in the face of chunky rock gardens threatening to end your riding season and sketchy descents where falling isn't optional. When it was first introduced, the Hightower represented the longest travel 29er in Santa Cruz's range (now supplanted by the Hightower LT), instantly making it the go-to choice for challenging terrain and high-stakes lines on the mountain. For unmatched versatility, it's configurable with either 27. 5+ or 29-inch wheels, courtesy of its flip-chip located along the upper linkage. In this particular 29er set-up, you'll find the Hightower exhibits greater rollover and speed-carrying abilities with its larger wheels. This version of the Hightower benefits from the significant weight savings of Santa Cruz's resoundingly stiff and strong Carbon C frame. If you're unaware, a stiffer frame transfers rider energy into forward momentum efficiently, giving you snappier acceleration out of corners and spirited climbing prowess when you're earning your turns. The frame's internal cable and dropper post routing lends a cleaner aesthetic, as well as protecting cables from flinging muck and dirt. It's also equipped with a BSA threaded bottom bracket for creak-free performance, especially compared to the press fit bottom brackets. In 29er form, the Hightower solidifies itself as an aggressive trail machine with its long, low, and slack geometry inspiring confidence at high speeds. The 67-degree head tube angle (in the low 29er setting) maintains composure for opening it up swift downhill sections of trail. The longer reach and wheelbase maintain a comfortable and confident position, ensuring you're never cramped during longer rides and extended descents in the mountains. And although it's longer than many bikes in its respective class, Santa Cruz trimmed down the chainstays to a relatively short 17. 1 inches for quic...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
If you've had a chance to ride a Santa Cruz Hightower, you're probably not surprised by the decision to come back with a 2018 model to keep the linage going. With just slacked out enough angles, The Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Eagle complete mountain bike is a burly all mountain bike that is eager to gobble up rocks and climb to the top of mountains with ease. With 27. 5+ wheels, this model has a huge contact patch for gripping the trail and sending it down the mountain at warp speeds. An excellent option for the rider who's riding choices is as varied as it gets, the Hightower is a bike capable of being just as versatile as you are. When not much is certain about the trail unfolding in front of you, other than the countless miles you plan to cover, the Hightower truly excels. Diverse conditions call for a bike that's adaptable, poised and confidence inspiring, and with that in mind the Hightower is designed with a reversible "flip chip" that enables you to swap back and forth from a 27. 5+ to 29in wheelset. The flip chip relaxes the head angle when in its low setting by half a degree, and lowers the bottom bracket which is ideal for setting it up with the slightly larger outer diameter of 29 inch wheels. Since 27. 5+ wheels sit just slightly smaller in circumference, especially when taking into account the lower PSI they run, you simply flip the chip into High to allow for the necessary clearance of your bottom bracket and the trail beneath you. 5. 3 inches of supple suspension smooths your ride out with the latest iteration of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. Counter-rotating links are arranged carefully to resist activation by pedaling, eliminating as much pedal bob as possible, but working to ramp suspension offering more midstroke support than before. This means you won't soak through all suspension on the smaller rocks and logs before you hit that big drop, the result is a nearly bottomless suspension feel, while remaining lively and offering ex...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
With a long, low, aggressive geometry and a unique flip chip shock mount that lets you easily swap between 29-inch and 27. 5+ tires, Santa Cruz's 2017 Hightower Carbon CC 27. 5+ XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is built to get rowdy. Boost axles give it the stiffness to climb like a trail bike and blast burly terrain like an all-mountain tank. While the flip chip does add the versatility for 29er conversion with minimal impact to geometry, the 27. 5+ build's combination of plush, grippy 2. 8in tires, Boost axles, stubby chainstays, a long reach, and a decidedly slack head tube constitutes a versatile platform that you may never be tempted to change. This build sits firmly in the eye-catching dream bike category with SRAM's groundbreaking, top-tier XX1 Eagle one-by 12-speed drivetrain, lightweight yet powerful Guide Ultimate hydraulic brakes, and Race Face ARC rims laced to Industry Nine's venerable Torch hubs. As with the ability to swap wheel sizes, the Hightower's mid-range, 5. 3in travel belies its true nature. Though its travel and wheel clearance may initially inspire comparisons with the more moderate 5010 or the Tallboy LT, Santa Cruz instead encourages us to "think of it as the Bronson's taller brother." Yep, that Bronson. The 27. 5+ Hightower's 66. 8-degree head tube angle, generous tire clearance, and reworked Virtual Pivot Point suspension all mean that it's capable of cleaning lines that would make the steep-angled Tallboy stop in its tracks. Santa Cruz is so intent on proving the Hightower's outsized merit over rock gardens that it bypassed the Bronson and went straight to the 6. 5in Nomad for suspension inspiration. Besides the obvious big-hit benefits, one result of this is that the link stays out of the way, which may be why the Hightower can accommodate both a bottle cage and a piggyback shock--yet another indication that it thrives on XC hardpack and enduro shuttle loops. The Hightower's two triangles are joined by the latest generation of VP...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ XX1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
If you're looking for the finest possible steed for singletrack adventures to parts unknown, consider the Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1 Eagle ENVE 27. 5+ complete mountain bike your ride of choice. It's been widely praised for its instinctive handling, and since it's now shod in Plus size rubber for maximum grip when traction is scarce, there is precious little that this dream ride can't take on with aplomb. The Hightower shines when big rides are guaranteed but nothing else is certain. Such conditions, whether it's a weekend road trip or a season spent exploring new trails in your own back yard, warrant a machine that's poised, capable, and extremely versatile. To that end, the Hightower has been built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels and 29in wheels. The major difference between these setups can be found at the upper link, where you'll notice a reversible "flip chip." Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29in wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. Whether you're likely to pick one wheel size and stick with it, or swap between the two when it strikes your fancy, the Hightower will easily accommodate your needs. The Hightower develops 5. 3in of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Hightower's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. Despite not topping the 6in mark, the Hightower has become notorious for hitting above its weight. That's largely the p...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz Bicycles' Hightower Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is something of a bellwether for the current direction of the off-road flock. It features a host of tech that virtually every manufacturer is dabbling in but that few--if any--have managed to fit into a single model as well as SC. Of these, the integration of a flip chip in the upper link is the most revolutionary, as it allows the Hightower to toggle between the 29er platform featured here and the plush, all-mountain/bikepacking float of a 27. 5+ set-up without compromising the frame's geometry--and that geometry definitely warrants preservation. Santa Cruz likens the Hightower to the Bronson, a bike that effectively re-wrote the definition for enduro. Given that comparison and the inherent attributes of wagon wheels, we expect the mid-travel, 29er Hightower to handle everything from crunchy terrain to hardpack and climbs with a versatility that approaches the specialized competence of bikes like the big-hit Bronson and the XC Tallboy. It doesn't disappoint. The frame is slung long and low with generous travel for a 29er, but its relatively short chainstays and stiff Boost axles ensure that it handles tricky situations and dices terrain with all the expert flair of a celebrity television chef. Santa Cruz is so intent on proving the Hightower's outsized merit over rock gardens that it bypassed the Bronson and went straight to the 6. 5in Nomad for suspension inspiration. Besides the obvious big-hit benefits, one result of this is that the link stays out of the way, which may be why the Hightower can accommodate both a bottle cage and a piggyback shock--yet another indication that it thrives on XC hardpack and enduro shuttle loops. The Hightower's two triangles are joined by the latest generation of VPP suspension. Santa Cruz refers to it in-house as third generation VPP, but it's essentially the same VPP we know and love with the Nomad-inspired updates mentioned above. A repositioned lower..
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
When you get the Santa Cruz Hightower CC X01 Reserve complete mountain bike out on the trail, it becomes immediately apparent why this big-wheeled trail machine has earned such a rabid following. Impeccable trail manners, brilliant balance, and a range of setup options make this outstanding machine an easy choice when you need versatility and capability in one highly refined package. The Hightower shines when big rides are guaranteed, and nothing else is certain. Such conditions, whether it's a weekend road trip or a season spent exploring new trails in your own back yard, warrant a machine that's poised, capable, and extremely versatile. To that end, the Hightower has been built to accommodate both 27. 5 Plus wheels, as well as 29 inch wheels. The major difference between these setups can be found at the upper link, where you'll notice a reversible "flip chip." Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lower the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29 inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5 Plus wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. So, whether you're likely to pick one wheel size and stick with it, or swap between the two when it strikes your fancy, the Hightower will easily accommodate your needs. The Hightower develops 5. 3in of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Hightower's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. Despite the modest 135mm of travel, the Hightower has become notorious for hitting above its weight. It's la...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
With long, low geometry and a unique flip chip shock mount, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike pushes its capability beyond the usual trail delineations. Though it's built here as a race-able 29er, it also has the versatility to swap out for 27. 5+ wheels when winter rolls around. The stiff boost axle widths are complemented by SRAM's groundbreaking one-by 12-speed XX1 Eagle drivetrain and Race Face hoops for a light, snappy ride that climbs like a trail bike and blasts through terrain more like an all-mountain shredder. As with the ability to swap wheel sizes, the Hightower's mid-range, 5. 3in travel belies its true nature. Though its travel and wheel clearance may initially inspire comparisons with the more moderate 5010 or the Tallboy LT, Santa Cruz instead encourages us to "think of it as the Bronson's taller brother." Yep, that Bronson. The 29er Hightower's 67-degree head tube angle, generous tire clearance, and reworked Virtual Pivot Point suspension all mean that it's capable of cleaning lines that would make the steep-angled Tallboy stop in its tracks. Santa Cruz is so intent on proving the Hightower's outsized merit over rock gardens that it bypassed the Bronson and went straight to the 6. 5in Nomad for suspension inspiration. Besides the obvious big-hit benefits, one result of this is that the link stays out of the way, which may be why the Hightower can accommodate both a bottle cage and a piggyback shock--yet another indication that it thrives on XC hardpack and enduro shuttle loops. The Hightower's two triangles are joined by the latest generation of VPP suspension. Santa Cruz refers to it in-house as third generation VPP, but it's essentially the same VPP we know and love with the Nomad-inspired updates mentioned above. A repositioned lower link now shelters above the bottom bracket, increasing ground clearance to decrease the chance of rock strikes while indulging the Hightower's desire to mastic...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
We often describe geometry and suspension designs as "evolving," as though there's a biological aspect of their development not influenced by human engineering and that the frames themselves are somehow able to change even between product cycles. In terms of that standard industry narrative, Santa Cruz's latest model, the Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame, definitely exhibits elements of the latest "evolution" trends, including Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, clearance for plus-size tires, short chainstays, a long reach, and a decidedly slack head tube. But. The Hightower deviates from the usual mode of static evolution in that its linkage can be altered in order to maintain its long, low, enduro geometry while mutating from a 29er to a 27. 5+ rig. The Hightower is capable of evolving in real time so it's not limited to any single discipline or terrain profile. Of all the elements of Santa Cruz genius that underwrite the Hightower's versatility, the most notable inclusion is the little flip chip niblet that sits in the upper link and rotates to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. Like with the ability to swap wheel sizes, the Hightower's mid-range, 5. 3in travel belies its true nature. Though its travel and wheel clearance may inspire initial comparisons with Mr. Moderate (the 5010) or SC's equivalent of a center in basketball (the Tallboy LT), Santa Cruz instead encourages us to "think of it as the Bronson's taller brother." Yep, that Bronson. Given the implied big-hit aggression of this comparison, we're compelled to dip into the lore of North American ball sports again for another analogy: the Hightower isn't a gangly hoopster so much as a two-wheeled version of a predatory linebacker. The Hightower's 29er mode and a pair of chainstays that are 15mm stubbier ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The Hightower Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is Santa Cruz's premiere bike for conquering large swaths of imposing alpine terrain where steep, rocky descents pose a significant challenge. When it was first introduced, the Hightower represented the longest travel 29er in Santa Cruz's range (now supplanted by the Hightower LT), making it the go-to choice for handling challenging alpine terrain. For unmatched versatility, it's configurable with either 29-inch or 27. 5+ wheels, courtesy of its flip-chip located along the upper linkage. This ability to swap between wheel sizes gives the Hightower speed-carrying, obstacle-rolling abilities as a 29er or voluminous traction and bump-smoothing support in 27. 5+ form. This particular version of the Hightower benefits from the significant weight savings of Santa Cruz's top-flight Carbon CC frame, which saves approximately 230 grams from the less expensive Carbon C frame. Best of all, the frame's weight savings don't sacrifice one bit of the legendary strength and stiffness you've come to associate with Santa Cruz carbon. And because it's the Carbon CC version of the Hightower, you'll find the Fox Float Factory DPS shock is upgraded over the lower-end Float Performance shock with a buttery Kashima coating for improved small-bump compliance. Regardless of what wheel size you run, the Hightower solidifies its status as an aggressive trail machine with its long, slack geometry inspiring confidence at high speeds. The head tube angle is practically the same between both wheel sizes at 67-degrees, so long as you choose a 140-millimeter fork on the 29er and a 150-millimeter fork in 27. 5+ form. Both sizes retain a roomy cockpit and noticeably long wheelbase for a comfortable and confident riding position, also lending stability when you open it up at high speeds. To help offset the longer geometry, Santa Cruz designed the Hightower with relatively short chainstays of 17. 1-inches for quick turning capabilities. It's also pretty d...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz's team riders racing enduros on modified Hightowers didn't go unnoticed. Amongst the tinkerers of the general populous, they tweaked their personal Hightowers to eke out a little more travel, and for the rest of us, we waited patiently for Santa Cruz to release the burlier version of this big-wheeled machine. There is simply no denying the momentum carrying ability of 29-inch wheels that's simply not possible on other wheel sizes. Santa Cruz was able to quickly bring the frame to market by reconfiguring the original Hightower into this long-travel beast that's ready to go toe-to-toe with any long-travel 29er sled on the market. The Hightower LT Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is the most value-focused bike in Santa Cruz's Hightower LT line, but will charge just as hard as any of the models.Under testing and racing scenarios, Santa Cruz realized that a total redesign wasn't necessary and the LT uses the Hightower's front triangle. Thankfully, it retains many of the riding characteristics inherent to the original 29-inch bike. The bike simply blitzes through rough terrain and the low bottom bracket ensures that it rails berms with authority and keeps things cool and confident when you are at your limit. The original 29er Hightower has 135-millimeters of rear travel and came stock with a 140-millimeter fork up front. By contrast, the Hightower LT has 150-millimeters of travel front and rear. This kicks the head tube angle to a slack 66. 4-degrees and it offers a slightly longer wheelbase. Get the new LT on some demanding trails and you'll instantly notice the bigger bike brings an unflappable level of confidence on steep, black diamond descents with hub-deep rock gaps and slippery off-camber roots.One difference stepping up to the LT designation, is that it's intended for 29-inch applications only. Gone is the flip-chip switching it to 27. 5+ for trail use but what it does do is make it a more refined 29er and an enduro slayer at that. To reconfigure...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
It's no secret that Santa Cruz team riders have been spotted enduro racing on modified 29-inch Hightowers, upgrading to this big-wheeled machine after seeing its freakish ability to carry momentum in a way that's simply not possible on 27. 5-inch wheels. Realizing they were onto something after extensive testing, Santa Cruz went to the drawing board to reconfigure the original Hightower into a long-travel beast that's ready to dominate the most difficult enduro courses in the world. This redesign spawned the addition of the Hightower LT Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike into Santa Cruz's line, which is something that's been asked for by aggressive riders seeking a longer-travel alternative to the original Hightower. Instead of undergoing a drastic redesign, the Hightower LT retains many of the riding characteristics inherent to the original 29-inch bike, namely its ability to roll over anything standing in its path paired with a low-slung geometry that absolutely rails corners and provides instinctive handling when pushed to the limit. Whereas the original had 135-millimeters of travel at the rear and 140-millimeters up front (in 29er form), the Hightower LT has 150-millimeters of travel at the front and rear. In conjunction with a slacker head angle of 66. 4 degrees and slightly longer wheelbase, you'll find the Hightower LT brings an unflappable level of confidence to steep descents peppered with minefield-like boulders and massive roots interlaced across the trail. Since it's purely intended as a 29-inch application, the designers at Santa Cruz eliminated the flip-chip, making it more of a fine-tuned machine for enduro racing without the need for switching it to 27. 5+ for trail use. The Hightower LT's links and swingarm are redesigned to accommodate the extra travel, but the front triangle remains the same to retain much of the original Hightower's geometry. As expected, the Hightower LT employs Santa Cruz's lauded VPP suspension, which offers a firm peda...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz isn't one to rest on its laurels. The Hightower is just over a year old and the brand quickly realized that as capable as that bike is, the thought of a Herculean Hightower began to whet the appetite of its enduro racers and legion of owners. The advantages afforded by larger wheels couldn't be denied as more and more riders put saddle time in on the Hightower. However, something with just a touch more travel, slacker angles, and a slightly rangier wheelbase could allow just a little more margin of error whilst mobbing through the timed sections and high-speed hardpack alike. Introducing the Santa Cruz Hightower LT, an outright enduro and trail assassin. FOX Performance suspension and a Shimano XT kit situates the XE Carbon C model as the journeyman's build and offers tremendous value, punching well above its weight relative to other bikes in its category. We are just a few rides in and already prepared to add the Hightower LT to the pantheon of great enduro and trail bikes we've ridden.Santa Cruz's affection for the 29-inch wheel has certainly reached an apex. The love affair began with the Tallboy in 2009, which was arguably the first full-suspension 29er to receive industry acclaim. Big wheels coupled with Santa Cruz's excellent VPP suspension design found a recipe for instant success and riders everywhere headed to the trails to test the capabilities of the Tallboy. Many riders that threw a leg over the original Tallboy wondered if adding a few more ingredients to the mix could spice things up since quality suspension and wagon wheels instilled new-found confidence and speed on sketchy trails. Santa Cruz answered with the Tallboy LT, a bike that enjoyed a cult-like following. Fast forwarding to 2016, Santa Cruz releases the Hightower, a fitting successor to the LT. Loaded with accoutrements befitting a modern trail bike, the frame featured boost spacing, longer, lower, and slacker geometry, and a slight revision to the proven VPP design. The Hight...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We've been in love with the Hightower since its release back in 2016, but with the constant progression that comes along with the bike industry, it doesn't take long for us to start nit picking details, and dreaming up ways we think an outstanding bike can become outstandinger. We know we can't be alone with the feelings of always pining for more, because Santa Cruz answered our dreams in just a year from the original Hightower's release with the new Santa Cruz Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle complete mountain bike. With the increased suspension the Hightower LT blew us out of the water with its true all mountain and enduro capability, and paired with SRAM's generous gearing and smooth shifting of the X01 Eagle groupset, we're having a hard time thinking of a way to beat it. Ultimately the Hightower LT remains mostly similar to the original Hightower in overall geometry. In fact, the two frames share the same front triangle all together. The key changes are those 15 additional millimeters of travel and the head and seat tubes, both of which are half a degree slacker. While increasing the travel on the bike is a quick and easy way to spot the change in the way a bike rides, the most significant difference between the Hightower and the Hightower LT's geometry is seen in the rear triangle. It maintains the same dual-upright design as before, but saw a redesign in the linkage and a new swingarm, which proved to be necessary in order to keep the well-loved VPP characteristics present with the new rear shock. The new FOX Float Factory DPX Kashima coated rear shock is paired with the most up to date iteration of VPP to dial in more mid-stroke support, so you don't have to worry about sinking through all of your travel too quickly when sending it down rock gardens or big drops. FOX's kashima coating on the Float lends itself to unmatched smoothness as you (ahem) float through your travel without jolts and harsh snags. The chainstays are stretched by a miniscule 2mm...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
If big wheels and high speeds are what you're after, the Enduro World Series-bred Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC X01 Reserve complete mountain bike is a truly worthy steed. Building on the legacy of the critically acclaimed Hightower, the longer travel Hightower LT blends the handling required to be competitive come race day with a playful side that remains inspiring when conditions are somewhat less demanding. Where the Hightower could be rightly considered an exercise in versatility, the Hightower LT takes a somewhat more focused approach. After all, the LT was born of the needs of Santa Cruz's Enduro World Series racers, who are perhaps uniquely qualified to push even the supremely capable Hightower outside of its comfort zone. The first ask was more travel, bumping the LT up to 150mm. This necessitated a few changes, most notably in the rear triangle, which forgoes the Hightower's 27. 5 Plus compatibility. Considering that Plus tires have yet to find acceptance with racers at the sport's top levels, we're inclined to agree that the Hightower LT's move to a dedicated 29 inch chassis is the correct choice for a bike of this nature. This dedication to 29-inch wheels also means that the LT does away with the Hightower's adjustable geometry, courtesy of a flip chip, in favor of a fixed position upper link that's been updated to provide the aggressive feel demanded by some of the fastest enduro racers on earth. The LT's 150mm of travel has been painstakingly refined, drawing lessons from every aspect of Santa Cruz's enviable racing organization. As with all VPP bikes, the LT's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a slightly more energetic ride feel. Based on feedback from team riders, t...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz Bicycles certainly took its time arriving at the Hightower LT Carbon CC 29 complete mountain bike, which is built here in its superlative build: SRAM's XX1 Eagle and SC's own Reserve carbon wheels. We obviously aren't privy to the secret goings on in SC design studio, but we suspect that the Hightower LT's enduro-specific upgrades are partially responsible for the latest Nomad's return to the freeride party bike scene. The Hightower LT's wagon wheel platform and big-hit eagerness makes it SC's enduro race bike of choice, so the Nomad isn't expected to carry that torch anymore and can get back to playing. Those are big shoes to fill, but--in our experience on the Hightower LT--we're convinced that it more than does the trick. The Nomad likes to play in terrain; the Hightower LT simply runs roughshod over it. Where the original Hightower could be rightly considered an exercise in versatility, the Hightower LT takes a somewhat more focused approach. After all, the LT was born of the needs of Santa Cruz's enduro racers, who are perhaps uniquely qualified to push even the supremely capable Hightower outside of its comfort zone. The first ask was more travel, bumping the LT up to 150mm. This necessitated a few changes, most notably in the rear triangle, which forgoes the Hightower's 27. 5+ compatibility. Considering that Plus tires have yet to find acceptance with racers at the sport's top levels, we're inclined to agree that the Hightower LT's move to a dedicated 29-inch chassis is the correct choice for a bike of this nature. This dedication to 29-inch wheels also means that the LT does away with the Hightower's adjustable geometry in favor of a fixed position upper link that's been updated to provide the aggressive feel demanded by some of the world's fastest enduro racers. The LT's 150mm of travel has been painstakingly refined, drawing lessons from every aspect of Santa Cruz's enviable racing organization. As with all VPP bikes, the LT's counter-rota...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower LT Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Santa Cruz blessed us with the Hightower early on in 2016. A bike to rival the Bronson, though with less travel, the 27. 5+ compatible 29er captured the hearts of many riders. So, why change it' Because, while quite capable with 135mm of travel, the designers for Santa Cruz, and many of their pro riders, live life with the belief that more of a good thing is probably better. With their new Hightower LT Carbon CC mountain bike frame, Santa Cruz has shown us that more can indeed be better. Six inches of supple VPP suspension gives you the squish you were missing from the standard Hightower, so you're ready to gobble up rock gardens and race down mountains like nobody's business. The industry has viewed 29ers with a mixture of love and hate over the past decade, but recently, with more reliable, stable, and confidence inspiring bikes being released with 29in wheels, we're finding that more riders are growing to love the lower rolling resistance and ability to cover more ground with each pedal stroke. That's especially evident in all-mountain and enduro circles. Given that changing preference, we weren't surprised that Santa Cruz followed up the XC-hungry Tallboy with the Hightower, effectively ushering 29ers into the world of enduro, and we're stoked to see the addition of a long travel 29er to the menu. While the Hightower was well loved for its increased rolling speed and ability to roll over rocks that would have deflected you off of the trail on a smaller wheel, some of the gnarlier riders found that its 135mm of suspension wasn't enough to keep up high speed in super rough terrain, thus the 150mm Hightower LT was born. The Hightower LT doesn't stray terribly far from the standard Hightower in overall geometry. In fact, they share the same front triangle all together. The key changes are those 15 additional millimeters of travel and the head and seat tubes, both of which are half a degree slacker. While increasing the travel is a relatively obvious way to chan...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Seeing the popularity of the previous generation Nomad, the engineers at Santa Cruz could have gone the easy route by simply revising the geometry and decking it out with a new paint job. However, if you've ever delved into the storied history of this Northern California bike company, you'd realize they're never content with the easier route taken by much of the industry, preferring to blaze their own trail by purposely designing bikes from the ground up. Embodying Santa Cruz's legacy as innovators in the bike world, the Nomad Carbon C R Complete Mountain Bike sports a complete redesign for 2018 that pushes it further into gravity realms. You'll find its lower-link mounted shock and flip-chip with high/low geometry settings takes inspiration from the downhill-crushing V10, yet like all previous Nomads, it retains the ability to pedal back uphill for one more heart-pumping descent. Looking further into the fourth-gen Nomad's details, you'll be even more impressed with thoughtful additions to the bike's most sensitive regions--mainly with the cleanly integrated shuttle guard, but also with the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains. Seeing the previous generation Nomad aimed squarely at enduro domination, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs. The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm provides the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Nomad has always been a bike for the aggressive rider who seeks every opportunity to get airborne, charges downhill at ridiculous rates of speed, and prefers technical lines to dumbed-down options. It's also been a bike that could climb back uphill after the blistering descent is finished, giving it a bit more balance than many bikes in the long-travel category. Building on this legacy for the 2018 model year, the Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon C S Complete Mountain Bike dives deeper into the gravity spectrum with its lower-link mounted shock and flip-chip with high/low geometry settings. This redesigned platform takes inspiration from the downhill-crushing V10, yet like all previous Nomads, it retains the ability to pedal back up for one last heart-pumping descent. Although the previous generation Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro domination, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs. The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm provides the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the high setting for a more efficient pedaling platform on rides with a mix of blistering descents and steep climbs. Conversely, you can switch it to the low setting for an even slacker geometry (head tube of 64. 6 degrees) that's purely aimed on downhill laps at the resort and shuttle runs up the pass where climbing isn't an issue. Ultimately, its adjustable geo...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Though the Nomad has come to be celebrated as enduro royalty, we always thought of it as a throw-down party bike. After all, it's original iterations were built for sessioning more than racing, and it was only the third generation that went all-in on enduro. For the fourth generation, Santa Cruz pushes back on this trend, resituating the Nomad Carbon C XE Complete Mountain Bike as a mini-DH freeride bike that's a few mm of travel and a dual-crown fork away from being a proper gravity sled. That's not to say it doesn't like to pedal--quite the opposite, actually. The Nomad won't rocket up risers like a Highball, but it settles into a good rhythm on long climbs, so you'll be able to pedal out when sidecountry singletrack lures you away from the chair lift. The swingarm features a flip-chip, an increasingly common addition across Santa Cruz's line that gives you the ability to fine-tune the geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. It raises or lowers the bottom bracket, shifting the head tube between 65 and 64. 6 degrees. Combined with a longer reach, that slack front end keeps things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position, so you're never struggling to shift your weight forward on climbs. In fact, the Nomad makes you feel like you don't have to worry about your weight at all; it feels centered and stable, no doubt the result of the long, slack geometry and short chainstays. Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth generation Nomad, much like you'd find with the V10. The VPP suspension is driven by a lower-link mounted coil shock, marking a radical departure from the likes of Bronson and Hightower. This revised shock location eliminates the Nomad's previous tendencies to settle in the middle of its travel, meaning it feels more active and tracks to the ground noticeably better across st...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
In its last iteration Santa Cruz's Nomad moved away from party bike status and became synonymous with enduro aggression. For its fourth iteration--unveiled in mid-2017--the Nomad Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame moved back toward freeride. Or as SC's senior designer puts it, the new Nomad is an "adventure-duro" frame, which we understand as a bike that's just as happy to veer off into backcountry singletrack from the chairlift. And then pedal out. Regardless of how you describe them, those changes are rolling over into 2018, and they mean the latest Nomad is the most climb-happy mini-DH bike that Santa Cruz has produced to date. The previous generation Nomad went whole hog in the direction of the burgeoning enduro discipline, but our time with the latest Nomad tells us that it's less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity/freeride rig that you can pedal uphill without unruly rear suspension gumming up the works. It's not in any danger of being mistaken for the 5010 or Tallboy on punchy risers, but the Nomad settles into a steady climbing rhythm with grace. The swingarm features a flip-chip, which gives you the ability to fine-tune the geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. It raises or lowers the bottom bracket, shifting the head tube between 65 and 64. 6 degrees. Combined with a longer reach, that slack front end keeps things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position, so you're never struggling to shift your weight forward on climbs. In fact, the Nomad makes you feel like you don't have to worry about your weight at all; it feels centered and stable, no doubt the result of the long, slack geometry and short chainstays. Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth generation Nomad, much like you'd find with the V10. The VPP suspension is driven by a lower-link mounted coil shock, mar...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC X01 RCT Air Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC X01 RCT Air Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
With the massive popularity of the previous generation Nomad, the engineers at Santa Cruz could have simply tweaked the geometry and slapped on a fancy new paint job and called it good. However, if you're aware of this Northern California company, you'd realize they're never content resting on previous acclaim, preferring to blaze their own trail by purposely designing bikes from the ground up. Symbolizing Santa Cruz's legacy as pioneers in the mountain bike world, the Nomad Carbon CC XO1 RCT Air Complete Mountain Bike is completely redesigned for 2018 with an aggressive stature and downhill-inspired chassis that pushes it further into gravity realms. Taking inspiration from the downhill-crushing V10, the fourth generation Nomad sports a lower-link mounted shock and flip-chip with high/low geometry settings. This V10-inspired chassis makes it all the more worthy for the gnarliest descents you can find, whether it's lift-accessed downhills or chutes plunging down alpine terrain. Looking further into the fourth-gen Nomad's details, you'll be even more impressed with thoughtful additions to the bike's most sensitive regions--mainly with the cleanly integrated shuttle guard, but also with the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains. Although the previous Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro racing, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle places you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs. The flip-c...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC X01 RCT Coil Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC X01 RCT Coil Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
It's no secret that the industry is evolving in the direction of lower, longer, and slacker geometries as riders demand bikes capable of tackling terrain that would've been the sole domain to dual-crown downhill bikes just a few years ago. Aware of these market forces, the designers and engineers at Santa Cruz gave the Nomad Carbon CC XO1 RCT Coil Complete Mountain Bike an aggressive facelift that pushes it further into the gravity end of the riding spectrum. Even though the fourth-gen Nomad is more aggressive and gravity-focused than ever, it never strays far from the original Nomad's roots, namely its ability to pedal back up for another wicked descent that leaves you with a euphoric surge of adrenaline coursing through your veins. In making the newest Nomad, the engineers at Santa Cruz were inspired by their downhill-dominating V10. This resulted in a complete redesign of the Nomad's VPP linkage, giving it a lower-link mounted shock, alongside a flip-chip with high/low geometry settings for altering its stance to your riding style. Looking further into the fourth-gen Nomad's details, you'll be even more impressed with thoughtful additions to the bike's most sensitive regions--mainly with the cleanly integrated shuttle guard, but also with the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains. While the previous generation Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro racing, the newest version is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig you can pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on the descent, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle places you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift you...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC X01 Reserve RCT Coil Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC X01 Reserve RCT Coil Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Reinvigorated from the ground up, the Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon CC XO1 Reserve RCT Coil Complete Mountain Bike moves further into the gravity spectrum with its lower-link mounted coil shock and adjustable flip-chip with high/low geometry settings. Frankly, we were blown away upon first glance of the fourth-gen Nomad with its V10-inspired chassis mated to an elongated wheelbase and super-slack geometry that screams of aggression. After a few minutes of further inspection, we were even more impressed with thoughtful details protecting the bike's sensitive regions--mainly with the cleanly integrated shuttle guard, but also with the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains. Seeing the previous generation Nomad aimed squarely at enduro domination, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity/freeride rig that you can pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to destroy lift-accessed downhills and park laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (high geometry setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position, so you're never struggling to shift your weight forward on climbs. The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm gives you the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the high setting for a more efficient pedaling position or switch it to the low setting for even slacker geometry (head tube angle of 64. 6 degrees) that's purely focused on gravity disciplines. Ultimately, its adjustable geometry lends the ability to push the bike to the absolute limit on downhills or retain more balance for earning your turns across large swaths of alpine terrain. Moving to the revised shock plac...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Reserve RCT Air Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad Carbon CC XX1 Reserve RCT Air Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
More heavy metal than classical in composition, the fourth-gen Nomad loves nothing more than dropping into raucous downhills, sending A-line jumps, and ripping the steepest lines on the mountain. The fourth-gen Nomad gets a rowdy redesign with a V10-inspired chassis mated to an elongated wheelbase and super-slack geometry that screams of aggression. You'll find thoughtful details protecting the Nomad's sensitive regions--from a cleanly integrated shuttle guard to the mud-blocking shock fender and aluminum ear cover that protects the swingarm from dropped chains. While the previous generation Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro racing, the newest version is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity/freeride rig that you can pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to destroy lift-accessed downhills and park laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position, so you're never struggling to shift your weight forward on climbs. The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm gives you the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the stock high setting for a more efficient pedaling platform or switch it to the low setting for an even slacker geometry (64. 6 degrees) that's purely focused on gravity disciplines. Ultimately, its adjustable geometry lends the ability to push the bike to the absolute limit on downhills or retain more balance for earning your turns across imposing alpine terrain. Delving into the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth-gen Nomad, much like you'd find with the V10. The VPP suspension is driven by a lower-link mount...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Though it took a short hiatus as an enduro sled for a generation, the Nomad R Complete Bike returns to full party mode for 2018. And the party is flowing. Gaps, shuttle laps, and lift passes are the Nomad's preferred party favors, and--since it retains all the pedal-ability of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension--it does you a favor when you have to pedal out. The build kit and aluminum frame extend those favors, bringing the price to party down to a more palatable level for self-sponsored flow artists. As noted above, the previous Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro domination, but the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders who want to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable while partying hard, but the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs. The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm provides the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the high setting for a more efficient pedaling platform on rides with a mix of blistering descents and steep climbs. Conversely, you can switch it to the low setting for an even slacker geometry (head tube of 64. 6 degrees) that's purely aimed on downhill laps at the resort and shuttle runs up the pass where climbing isn't an issue. Ultimately, its adjustable geometry lends the ability to push the bike to the absolute limit on lift-accessed days or retain more balance for earning your turns across large and imposing alpine terrain. Moving to the revised shock placement, the engineers at Santa Cruz sought to achieve a more linear shock rate with the fourth-gen Nomad, ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We've been spoiled by the ever-evolving capabilities of suspension designs, and the proliferation of pedal-able party bikes has gotten us to the point where we want to have our climbing cake and shred it on the DH side, too. That may sound like a lot to ask, but Santa Cruz Bicycles has pushed the new Nomad even further off the DH cliff while maintaining a pedaling platform that doesn't hamstring you on the climbs. The Nomad S Complete Mountain Bike feels like a DH tank when you drop in, but it's just as happy to detour into the sidecountry for a little brow-sweat R&R. Whether you live the lift life or prefer to earn your laps, the latest Nomad's blend of trail pedaling and DH aggression--combined with the impressive gear range of SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain--lets it straddle the line between what goes up and what comes down. Although the previous generation Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro domination, the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds. Think of it as a freeride bike for riders seeking one that's versatile enough to lap the resort park and shuttle downhill laps, then pedal along backcountry epics the very next day. The 65-degree head tube angle (in high setting) and longer reach keep things calm and comfortable on wicked descents, yet the steeper 75-degree seat tube angle puts you in an optimal pedaling position without struggling to shift your weight forward on steep climbs. The flip-chip integrated into the swingarm provides the ability to fine-tune its geometry to your exact riding preferences and local terrain. Keep it in the high setting for a more efficient pedaling platform on rides with a mix of blistering descents and steep climbs. Conversely, you can switch it to the low setting for an even slacker geometry (head tube of 64. 6 degrees) that's purely aimed on downhill laps at the resort and shuttle runs up the pass where c...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Seeing the original Tallboy was a purebred cross-country rocket that eagerly moonlighted as a competent trail rig, the latest version of the Santa Cruz Tallboy 27. 5+ D Complete Mountain Bike delves further into the realms of rowdy trail fun with 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with an updated geometry that's slacker and longer than before. However, what's most noticeable is the Tallboy's ability to accommodate both 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels with its flip-chip located on the upper linkage. In this particular 27. 5+ configuration with 2. 8-inch tires, the Tallboy grabs tenaciously across loose, dusty trails, as well as smooths out the rock gardens with greater compliance than what you'd experience with standard tires. Instead of the 70-degree head tube found on the previous Tallboy, you'll find the new Tallboy features a trail-competent 68-degree head tube angle. By moving to the slacker end of the riding spectrum for a short-travel 29er, the Tallboy gains confidence at higher speeds where a racier XC bike would feel squirrely and unnerving. However, this push towards being slacker isn't as dramatic as many bikes in the all-mountain and enduro realms, so you'll still enjoy the sharp handling traits inherent to the original Tallboy. Although the bike has grown substantially in wheelbase and reach to meet modern standards, the chainstays remain short at 17 inches for snappy turning, especially when you're navigating around switchbacks and tight sections of trail. New for the 2017 version of the Tallboy, you'll find the ability to switch between 29 and 27. 5+ wheels with its integrated flip-chip along the upper linkage. The flip-chip rotates to allow the shock mount to migrate between high (29) and low (27. 5+) settings, but without drastically altering the bike's dialed geometry and handling characteristics on the trail. This particular Tallboy in 27. 5+ form is an absolute trail juggernaut with its high volume tires soaking up jarring rock sections while...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The latest Tallboy continues to gain legions of new fans and excite riders that have owned previous versions. Bigger hit riders have the Nomad. The Hightower, and its bigger brother the LT, are more enduro. That positions the Tallboy 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 as the trail rider's bike. Fast enough to toe an XC line and capable enough to tackle backcountry epics. The VPP platform pedals efficiently on the ups and still rips going down. Santa Cruz blessed the Tallboy with the ability to transform from 27+ to 29-inch wheels fairly effortlessly. All you need are the wheels (a given) and an air spring to adjust the fork's travel +/- 10mm depending on which wheel size you are going to. Besides that, a flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated, allowing the shock mounting point to adjust. Being able to reposition this attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29-inch tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. This model is built with SRAM's NX shifty bits and FOX suspension. This kit paired with the aluminum frame offers a great value Tallboy and a super fun, super reliable bike that is ready to tackle some rad trails with you.Plus wheels bring newfound traction and a fun factor to trails that cannot be denied. The Tallboy v3. 0 takes fun, progressive geometry and lets you fit high-volume, low-pressure tires so you can float over roots and rocks and corner with authority on kitty litter. This is one of Santa Cruz's most loved models so naturally they kept the ability to roll on 29-inch wheels as well. Compared to the previous Tallboy, the new Tallboy 3 kicks the head tube back 2. 2 degrees from the old-school 70. 2-degrees to a more stable 68-degrees. Thanks to the flip-chip, that number stays the same whether you're running 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27. 5+ with 130mm as the setup is here. The frame's chainstays and reach also joined the modern geometry movement an...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Tallboy D complete mountain bike is designed to get you out on the trails without any drama. Built to maximize fun on both big rides and technical sections of trail, this value-oriented build offers serious capability at a modest asking price. Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused, what with its lively handling that immediately dispelled a mountain of preconceived notions about how 29in wheels were supposed to ride. The latest iteration of the Tallboy retains that praiseworthy handling with an added dash of versatility and a pinch of aggressive intent that takes the Tallboy into uncharted territory. Part of the story of the Tallboy's success is its ability to blur the lines between cross country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels as well as 29in wheels, as it's presented here. This split personality is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. The Tallboy generates 110mm of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain and a livelier ride quality. While the excellent suspension plays a large role, a key part of the Tallboy's...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz has recently redesigned much of its line. The Nomad is more of a party bike, the Hightower is more of an enduro sled, and the Tallboy Carbon CC 29 R Complete Mountain Bike is more of--well, actually, it's still the same all-purpose trail bike that it was last year. It pedals up and it shreds down so well that we're inclined to think that it's legacy of sprightly handling and aggressive climbing is part of the reason why so many big-hit sleds are dabbling in the wagon wheel world these days. It's built up here with a combination of beat-'em-up SRAM widgets and FOX suspension, a kit that complements the unassuming reliability of the aluminum frame. As with perceptions of 29ers, the Tallboy has changed a bit over the years, making it one of Santa Cruz's most commonly tweaked designs. Despite the changes, it's also remained one of the brand's most perennially loved models. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, a new Tallboy is a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip--even if it may be somewhat old news by now. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. SC first introduced this feature on the Hightower, but the brand seems to have perfected it for the Tallboy 3; changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, but the Tallboy's head tube angle remains the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. Compared to the previous Tallboy, the Tallboy 3 takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2. 2 degrees to fall from the standard 70. 2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running 29in wheels with a 120mm fork--as it's set up here--or 2.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Tallboy just keeps getting better and better. This bike was one of the first 29ers that changed many people's preconceived notions about big wheels and the bike handled a variety of trails very well. Now we are on version 3. 0 and over the years, we've seen changes to geometry including a slackened head tube angle, shorter chainstays, a steeper seat tube, and 10mm more rear travel. All of these changes add to the bike's versatility and increases its trail chops. Another addition to this new version is the ability to run plus wheels adding traction and fun on every ride. The Tallboy Carbon 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike is poised to conquer all or your riding desires whether that's a solo 24-hour race or ripping hot laps with your buddies after work.The Tallboy's universal acclaim comes from the bike' amazing adaptability. Depending on the build, the bike can be competitive on XC race courses and able to handle black diamond descents. Santa Cruz increased the rear drop out spacing to the boost standard allowing the use of 27. 5+ wheels. A flip chip in the shock's upper link and altering the fork's travel, transforms the bike between the two wheel sizes and it's easy to experiment with both diameters to see what works best with on your trails and with your riding style. The latest Tallboy boasts 110mm of travel from its refined VPP suspension platform absorbing all trail imperfections on your ride. The counter-rotating links are carefully placed to resist bobing by pedaling forces. The latest version of VPP slightly alters the kinamatics providing for more mid-stroke support than previous versions, so you'll have more control over rougher terrain without losing the ability to absorb square edge bumps. The design yields plush, linear travel without blowing through all the travel and bottoming out.The suspension design and travel are responsible for the great ride quality and popularity of the Tallboy and the updated geometry is an area that didn't...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 27. 5+ S complete mountain bike adds a significant degree of surefootedness to one of the world's most beloved trail bikes. Whether you're new to the sport and looking for a confidence boost or an experienced rider who appreciates the benefits of Plus rubber, this notoriously fun trail bike will gladly take you on big rides in control and comfort. The build kit is built to complement the Tallboy's ride qualities, pairing FOX and RockShox at the suspension and seatpost with a full SRAM drivetrain. Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused when its lively handling immediately dispelled a mountain of preconceived notions about how 29-inch wheels were supposed to handle. The latest iteration of the Tallboy retains its praiseworthy handling with an added dash of versatility, a pinch of aggressive intent, and 27. 5+ compatibility that takes the Tallboy into uncharted territory. Part of the Tallboy's success stems from its ability to blur the lines between cross country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels, as it's built here, as well as 29-inch wheels. This split personality is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. Regardless of wheel size, the Tallboy generates 4. 3 inches of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, a...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon S 27. 5+ complete mountain bike is arguably an ideal intersection of impeccable handling and sensational grip. Built with components that offer no-nonsense reliability, this machine is more than capable of taking you on memorable rides in big terrain every ride-able weekend of the year. Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused. Its lively attitude immediately dispelled a mountain of preconceived notions about how 29-inch wheels were supposed to handle. The latest iteration of the Tallboy retains its praiseworthy handling with an added dash of versatility and a pinch of aggressive intent that takes the Tallboy into uncharted territory. The Tallboy's success is at least partially due to its ability to blur the lines between cross-country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels as well as 29-inch wheels, as it's presented here. This split personality is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. The Tallboy generates 110mm of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. While the excellent susp...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 27.5+ XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Whereas the original Tallboy was purely a cross-country machine that happened to be confident on the trail, the latest version of the Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 27. 5+ XE Complete Mountain Bike dives further into the realms of rowdy trail fun with 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with updated geometry that's slacker and longer than before. However, what's most noticeable is the Tallboy's ability to accept both 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels with its flip-chip located on the upper linkage. In this particular 27. 5+ configuration with 2. 8-inch tires, the Tallboy grabs tenaciously across loose, dusty trails, as well as smooths out rock gardens with greater compliance than standard tires. The newest Tallboy's 68-degree head tube angle marks a radical departure from the original's 70-degree head tube, making it all the more competent dropping into steep descents and holding its line at high speeds. By moving to the slacker end of the riding spectrum for a short-travel 29er, the Tallboy gains confidence at higher speeds where a racier XC bike would feel squirrely and unnerving. However, this push towards being slacker isn't as dramatic as many bikes in the all-mountain and enduro realms, so you'll still enjoy the sharp handling traits inherent to the original Tallboy. Although the bike has grown substantially in wheelbase and reach to meet modern standards, the chainstays remain short at 17 inches for nimble cornering capabilities, especially around tight switchbacks and sweeping berms. New for 2017, the Tallboy readily accepts both 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels with its integrated flip-chip along the upper linkage. The flip-chip rotates to allow the shock mount to migrate between high (29er) and low (27. 5+) settings, but without drastically altering the bike's dialed geometry and handling characteristics on the trail. This particular Tallboy in 27. 5+ form is an absolute trail juggernaut with its high volume tires soaking up jarring sections of rocks, as well as dig...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
It has been a few years since the Tallboy's debut into the market. Stealing the hearts of many, this 29er was able to handle so many different kinds of terrain, it truly showed us versatility from a mid-travel bike with 29-inch wheels. Over time it did see some changes to geometry, with riders fine tuning it to host a slackened head tube angle, shorter chainstays, steeper seat tube, and a little more travel for handling bigger terrain with more control and comfort than before. The Tallboy Carbon 29 R Complete mountain bike is ready to prove to you that it's still got what it takes to bounce from trail to trail, whether just banging out maximum miles on a cross country trail or exploring beyond the groomed and maintained trail networks into what lies beyond the beyond. A significant reason that the Tallboy has carried so much steam over the years is because of its ability to transform from a lightning-fast cross-country bike to a confidence inspiring trail bike. For this reason, with hub standards already widening with the acceptance of BOOST spacing, designers at Santa Cruz made the decision to alter the geometry slightly to allow for a lofty 27. 5+ wheel to be accommodated. This multi-use capability is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. Because a 27. 5+ wheel sits just slightly smaller in diameter than 29ers, plus wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The flip-chip technology allows you to alter the geometry on the fly, should you choose to snag a second wheelset to bounce this 29er to 27. 5+ from time to time. Santa Cruz gives the Tallboy 110mm of their latest version of VPP suspension to absorb the rocks and roots you encounter. As with all VPP bikes, t...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Whereas the original incarnation of the Tallboy aimed squarely at XC domination, the newest Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike blurs the boundary between XC swiftness and trail-devouring composure with its reinvigorated geometry that's slacker and more confident dropping into aggressive terrain. That being said, it's still an incredibly responsive machine that's more than eager to accelerate out of corners and fly past heavier enduro rigs on steep climbs where pedaling efficiency is paramount. You'll find it's the go-to choice of the Santa Cruz Factory Team when they're racing technical courses with thousands of feet of brutal climbing combined with precipitously steep, rocky descents, such as the infamous Downieville Classic. We chalk this boundary-blurring virtuosity to a more relaxed 68-degree head tube angle paired with 110 millimeters of VPP travel balancing pedaling efficiency with bump-smoothing composure. In this 29-inch configuration, you'll find it absolutely steamrolls anything lying in its path by carrying greater momentum and increasing the angle of attack over larger rocks and roots. The momentum-carrying capability of 29-inch wheels is aided by a longer 120-millimeter fork, which smooths out trail impediments and absorbs mid-sized drops without fuss. Not only is the newest Tallboy more capable than ever when the going gets rough and rocky, but it's also interchangeable between 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels. This ability to swap wheel sizes is due to a flip-chip located along the upper link. The flip-chip maintains its geometry between both wheel sizes, so long as you swap in a 130-millimeter fork when you're converting to 27. 5+ wheels. This is a nice addition to the newest Tallboy, as the 27. 5+ wheels provide greater bump compliance and tons of grip over loose, drifty trail surfaces. The Tallboy employs the third generation of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension platform, which attaches the upper link to the top tube for greater stiffne...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 29 XE Complete Mountain Bike isn't strictly a cross-country bike. It's also not a trail bike. Well, not only a trail bike. It's a bike whose wheels and geometry seem at odds, yet blend well for a bike that pedals like an XC racer and handles terrain like an all-mountain bike. If you're running lift and shuttle laps, you probably don't need a bike like the Tallboy; however, it's almost ideal for cyclists who spend most of their rides pedaling and primarily use the lift to access sidecountry networks. It's got a more spacious geometry than its predecessor, and it also benefits from the reworked linkage that we've been seeing on SC's latest models. This do-it-all mentality is reinforced by the XE build kit, which features Shimano XT in all-mountain matrimony with Race Face finishing bits and a RockShox dropper. The Tallboy is currenty on its third iteration, and SC equips it with a host of features imported from its all-mountain bikes. These include Boost axles, re-designed linkages, a slacker head tube, and the brand's latest tech widget, a flip chip that adjusts the upper linkage to keep the geometry the same whether you're running 29in wheels or 27. 5+. Those updates and the flip chip's degree of flexibility mean that the Tallboy's classic 29er geometry is virtually futureproof, making it a tall bar for the competition to meet. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13. 3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, gaining an average of 40mm depending on the size. (At 34. 2mm, Large gained the least, and sizes Small and XX-Large gained the most: 43. 8 and 45. 6mm, respectively.) All told, the geometry tweaks add up to a chassis that's far more capable in virtually every trail situation than its predecessor. The VPP suspension has also taken a turn for the crunchier. It gained an additional 10mm, which aligns the Tallboy 3 perfectly with the emerging crop of 4. 5in, do-it-all tr...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Thumbing through the latest glossy covered dirt rags might have you believing that beefed out all-mountain and enduro rigs are the only thing worth paying attention to, but digging a bit deeper reveals another type of whip that's redefining what an XC bike can do. The all-new 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Complete Mountain Bike expands the scope of XC and shows us that it's possible for an XC bike to revel in burly, rocky terrain just as much as fast laps on buttery smooth singletrack. To put it simply, Santa Cruz aimed to make the Tallboy a more capable, versatile bike this year, without taking it cruelly far away from the design that earned it so many loyal 29er followers. Its major changes include a more relaxed, spacious geometry and the improved durability and clearance of Santa Cruz's latest reworked linkage. Santa Cruz also modified its flip chip technology--which was first seen on the Hightower--to ready it for use on the Tallboy 3. The flip chip was developed to allow riders to switch between 29er and 27. 5+ wheel sizes, and on the Hightower, necessitated a slight change in head tube angle. However, Santa Cruz has fine-tuned this technology to allow the geometry to remain exactly the same across each wheel size. This means, depending on the day, your Tallboy 3 could be barreling with stability through gouged-up grassy trails and rock gardens, or floating over root-latticed switchbacks with the plush, quiet confidence of 27. 5+. By XC standards, the Tallboy 3's head tube angle leans it towards the trail side of the spectrum, from a traditional 70. 2 degrees to a more relaxed 68 degrees, and Santa Cruz managed to shave a little over 13mm off the chainstay length to bring them down to 17. 01in. This, coupled with a significantly longer reach, results in a rear triangle with the snappiness you'll need to dice through the tight and twisties, and a stable, confident front end for diving off the XC course and into the white-knuckle stuff. Geom...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The latest Tallboy Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is an enigma. On one hand, it's a Tallboy, which originally became a wagon-wheel staple because the always-planted nature of its VPP suspension has long made it ride the way we want a 29er to ride. On the other hand, SC's inclusion of a flip chip in the upper linkage means it can toggle between the OG wagon wheel posture and this 27. 5+ set-up. This effectively bends the bars of the previous Tallboy's XC-only cage, giving it more freedom to explore the open pastures of all-mountain riding. This free-range tendency is further reinforced by the new Tallboy's longer, slacker, and more travel-ier frame, and the addition of SRAM's X01 Eagle 12-speed, one-by drivetrain is yet more mark in the more-than-just-XC column. See' An enigma. And rather than try to pigeonhole it in an arbitrary category based on travel and head tube angle, we find the best way to treat the new free-range Tallboy is to give it free reign on any trail this side of gnarly DH courses. Given the revolutionary 27. 5+ status it confers on the Tallboy, it's worth pausing to dwell on the flip chip. First seen on the five-inch Hightower, the flip chip was developed to allow riders to switch between 29er and 27. 5+ wheel sizes. This results in a slight change in head tube angle on the Hightower; however, Santa Cruz has fine-tuned this technology to allow the geometry to remain exactly the same across each wheel size on the Tallboy. This means, depending on the day, your Tallboy 3 could be barreling with stability through gouged-up grassy trails and rock gardens, or floating over root-latticed switchbacks with the plush, quiet confidence of 27. 5+ as it's setup here. Either way, the new Tallboy's head tube angle leans it towards the trail side of the spectrum by dropping from its predecessor's traditional 70. 2 degrees to a more relaxed 68 degrees, and Santa Cruz managed to shave a little over 13mm off the chainstay length to bring the...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
There are some compelling reasons why the Tallboy has flourished at the top of 29er wish lists and sales charts since Santa Cruz rolled out its forebear in 2009. In addition to the wagon wheels and their big, aggressive angle of attack, the original Tallboy was one of the first 29ers to approximate the nimble dexterity of a 26in bike, sloughing off the myth of the ungainly 29er. A few minor changes and untold miles of shredded trail later, the Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike returns with the same surprisingly plush-yet-reactive 4. 5in platform of VPP suspension that made the Tallboy such a 29er superstar; however, it does so with rims sized to add a bit more dexterity and a lot more cushion and traction. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, a new Tallboy is a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. SC first introduced this feature on the Hightower, but the brand seems to have perfected it for the Tallboy; changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, but the Tallboy's head tube angle remains the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. Compared to previous models, the newest Tallboy takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2. 2 degrees to fall from the standard 70. 2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running a 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27. 5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13. 3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, gaining an average of 40mm depending on the...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz Bicycles' Tallboy began life as a spry 29er that could hit above its travel weight but was considered by most to be a burly XC bike. Oh how times have changed. The latest Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike makes the case that wagon wheels and 4. 3in suspension platforms may be the ideal set-up for riders who like to get rowdy but prefer to traverse the backcountry rather than riding a lift up a mountain. The drivetrain is equally happy to climb, with SRAM's X01 Eagle cassette offering the ultimate granny gear for when the gradient exceeds your ambitions. The Tallboy has changed a bit over the years, making it one of Santa Cruz's most commonly tweaked designs. Despite the changes, it's also remained one of the brand's most perennially loved models. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, a new Tallboy is a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip--even if it may be somewhat old news by now. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. SC first introduced this feature on the Hightower, but the brand seems to have perfected it for the Tallboy 3; changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, but the Tallboy's head tube angle remains the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. Compared to the previous Tallboy, the Tallboy 3 takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2. 2 degrees to fall from the standard 70. 2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running 29in wheels with a 120mm fork--as it's set up here--or 27. 5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also joined the modern geometry movement during the b..
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Tallboy CC 29 X01 Eagle Reserve complete mountain bike builds on the Tallboy's legacy as one of the most intuitive trail bikes on earth. If you're heading out for epic rides on the weekend, and still want to mix it up during mid-week XC races, the Tallboy is a truly worthy steed. Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused, what with its lively handling that immediately dispelled a mountain of preconceived notions about how 29-inch wheels were supposed to handle. The latest iteration of the Tallboy retains its praiseworthy handling with an added dash of versatility and a pinch of aggressive intent that takes the Tallboy into uncharted territory. Part of the story of the Tallboy's success is due to its ability to blur the lines between cross-country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels as well as 29-inch wheels, as it's presented here. This split personality is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. The Tallboy generates 110mm of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. While...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The go-to choice for Santa Cruz Factory riders seeking a fast-rolling, terrain-eating bike for racing technical courses such as Downieville, the Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT Complete Mountain Bike excels when it's pushed to the ragged edge where traditional XC bikes would normally falter. We chalk this up to its more relaxed 68-degree head tube angle paired with 110 millimeters of VPP travel striking the sweet spot between pedaling efficiency and bump-absorbing compliance on the descent. In this 29-inch wheel configuration, you'll find it absolutely steamrolls anything standing in your path by increasing the bike's angle of attack over rocks and roots, complemented with a longer 120-millimeter fork smoothing out the rough stuff. Not only is the newest Tallboy more capable across rough sections of trail and technical XC courses, but it's also interchangeable between 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels with its flip chip integrated into the upper link. The flip chip maintains its geometry between both wheel sizes, so long as you swap in a 130-millimeter fork in 27. 5+ configuration. This is a nice addition to the newest Tallboy, as you can readily swap out the included 29-inch wheels for 27. 5+ for greater bump compliance and traction on the trail. The Tallboy employs the third generation of Santa Cruz's VPP Suspension platform, which attaches the upper link to the top tube for greater stiffness and increased stand-over height. The lower link configuration is revised as well, now tucked above the bottom bracket to prevent rock strikes and flinging debris from damaging it. The third-gen VPP platform retains the praised pedaling efficiency you've come to love from VPP, making it an ideal platform for XC racing and trail riding without pedal bob sapping speed across flats or uphill momentum. Another thing to note, Santa Cruz improved its VPP platform for better grip across root-latticed climbs and rock-strewn terrain. This is especially noticeable on long climbs where you'd normal...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz reworked its well-loved Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XX1 Complete Mountain Bike this year, introducing significant changes to the scrappy bike that more than make up for what it lacked in raw travel with its go-anywhere attitude. Though it underwent plenty of changes, the spirit of the original Tallboy is still easily recognizable in its third iteration, and in this case, change is good. In this case, the change manifests as reworked geometry, linkage, and the third generation of SC's VPP suspension. The Tallboy resembles a tightly-wound race horse begging to be released onto the dirt track with the scrappiness of the underdog. Santa Cruz also spec'd the Tallboy Carbon CC XX1 build with a top-end SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Race Face's futuristic Next SL modular crankset, and Easton ARC rims spinning with the unmissable hum of I9 Torch hubs. As we said before, change is good. The cross-country discipline hasn't been immune to the increased versatility that the all-mountain/enduro set has been so loudly demanding, and Santa Cruz aimed to make the Tallboy into a bike that would challenge you to dive off the buttery singletrack and onto more unpredictable trails. To do this, it slackened the head tube angle to a trail-ready 68 degrees--down from 70. 2 in previous models--and shortened the chainstays by 13mm to bring them down to a stubby, responsive 17. 01in. Coupled with a significantly longer reach, these changes result in a rear triangle you won't need to worry about whipping around corners cleanly and ducking through spiraling climbs. This pairs with a stable, confident front end that's prepared to charge through rock gardens and unpredictable descents alongside your enduro rig-driving cohorts. Another notable feature on the Tallboy 3 is Santa Cruz's improved flip chip technology. Making its inaugural appearance on the Hightower, the flip chip allows riders to change their frames to be compatible with either 29in wheels or 27. 5+. On the Hightower, this switch re...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
The 29er, formerly a docile XC creature, has recently begun to exhibit a peculiar strain of all-mountain rabies. The new breed is untameably aggressive -- longer, slacker, and with more travel -- and no specimen embodies the breed's defining traits better than Santa Cruz Bicycles' all-new Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame. It's the third iteration of what many of us thought was the terminal example of wagon wheel machines, and it's only gotten faster with each new realization. This time around, SC has equipped the Tallboy with a host of features imported from its enduro and more traditional trail bikes, including Boost rear spacing, re-designed linkages, and the brand's latest signature, a so-called flip chip that adjusts the frame's dimensions to keep the geometry the same whether you're running 29in wheels or 27. 5+. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, a new Tallboy is a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. SC first introduced this feature on the Hightower, but the brand seems to have perfected it for the Tallboy 3; changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, but the Tallboy's head tube angle remains the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. Compared to the previous Tallboy, the Tallboy 3 takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2. 2 degrees to fall from the standard 70. 2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running a 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27. 5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13. ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The Santa Cruz Tallboy CC Mountain Bike Frame is a truly worthy platform for the versatile trail bike you've been dreaming of. Capable of being set up with 29 inch and 27. 5 Plus wheelsets, and primed to tackle your biggest ride, this highly refined machine has a serious demeanor that's tempered by a mile-wide fun streak. Many of you will remember the commotion that the original Tallboy caused, what with its lively handling that immediately dispelled a mountain of preconceived notions about how 29-inch wheels were supposed to handle. The latest iteration of the Tallboy retains its praiseworthy handling with an added dash of versatility and a pinch of aggressive intent that takes the Tallboy into uncharted territory. Part of the story of the Tallboy's success is due to its ability to blur the lines between cross-country rocket and surefooted trail bike. To that end, the Tallboy was built to accommodate 27. 5+ wheels as well as 29-inch wheels, as it's presented here. This split personality is enabled by the reversible "flip chip" at the upper link. Setting the flip chip to the "low" mode relaxes the head angle by roughly half a degree and lowers the bottom bracket, which makes for an ideal setup when paired with the slightly larger diameter of 29-inch wheels. The slightly smaller 27. 5+ wheels pair with the "high" setting, allowing for similar clearance between the bottom bracket and the ground. The upshot is headache-free swaps between wheel sizes, which gives you more options than ever when you hit the trail. The Tallboy generates 110mm of travel through the latest version of Santa Cruz's VPP technology. As with all VPP bikes, the Tallboy's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terra...
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Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
Don't be fooled by the cutsie naming convention, the 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Turq Mountain Bike Frame isn't the downgraded pink-and-shrink fare we're used to seeing in products targeting women. It features the same top-tier, hard-riding, trail shredding construction and geometry found in the ASR Turq, just with a lighter tune to better suit smaller riders. While we can go back and forth about the merits of gendering bikes by colorway, there's no arguing that the ASR Beti is a great option for lighter riders of all genders looking for a whip-fast XC ride that still holds a hint of that famed Yeti enduro aggression.This ASR Beti also carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which represents the most advanced frame the company can make at any given time. For the ASR, this means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding any unnecessary bulk. This results in a frameset that has strength where you need it, and much appreciated weight reductions where you don't. Weighing just a claimed4. 28lb, this feathery frame shaves even more weight by choosing a single-pivot suspension system over the heftier Switch Infinity, giving it nearly limitless acceleration potential on smooth, serpentine climbs without compromising on its ability to take on root lattices and brake-rutted descents.That's not to say that the ASR Beti gets timid when grueling climbs flow into jarring descents. It shines across abusive terrain and white-knuckle descents that would have other cross-country bikes quaking in their tires. The ASR Beti is built to pair with 27. 5 or 29in wheels, depending on size, so the big (or bigger) hoops steamroll anything lying in their path, allowing you to ride over trail impediments with effortless composure. And because it's distinctly Yeti at heart, this frame proudly retains a gravity-friendly persona with a head tube angle of either 68 or 69 degrees, again depending on size. This more relaxed geometry wo...
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Yeti Cycles ASR Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
The 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Turq Mountain Bike Frame may look like an XC rocket, but it wouldn't be a Yeti if it didn't have a little bit of rowdy aggression mixed in. Keeping with its heritage, the ASR sits just a little longer and slacker than most other 4in bikes, which lets it blend the light weight you need to get up hills fast with the stability you want on the other side of the crest. The big news for this year is Yeti's new Turq designation, which represents the company's most advanced construction. Turq means a more precise carbon layup that's carefully molded to reinforce key stress points without adding bulk for strength where it's needed and lightness where is isn't. The biggest differences between the ASR and its SB4. 5 counterpart are a few millimeters less travel, a steeper head tube, and a single pivot suspension rather than the heftier Switch Infinity. This suits it for the XC racer who wants to get to the top first and demonstrate bike handling skills by dissecting terrain that enduro sled bruisers would just wallop through. If Yeti's Super Bike line comprises enduro sledge hammers, then the ASR is the surgeon's scalpel. That's not to say that the ASR gets timid when grueling climbs let onto jarring descents littered with baby heads, loose shale, and twisty roots. This is where other cross-country bikes would be begging for mercy, yet the ASR shines across abusive terrain and white-knuckle descents. The ASR is built to pair with 27. 5 or 29in wheels, depending on size, so the big (or bigger) hoops steamroll anything lying in their path, allowing you to ride over trail impediments with effortless composure. And because it's distinctly Yeti at heart, the ASR proudly retains a gravity-friendly persona with a head tube angle of either 68 or 69 degrees, again depending on size. This more relaxed geometry won't chuck you over the bars like other cross-country bikes when the going gets steep, allowing you to confidently descend on only four inches of su...
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Yeti Cycles Beti SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Yeti Cycles Beti SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
These days, being a woman in the mountain bike world is certainly starting to seem less challenging, and more welcoming. More capable, aggressive, and burly bikes are being made for us, catering to our wants and needs, and the world of shrink-it and pink-it is beginning to dissipate. With our needs in mind, Yeti's designers offer us the Yeti Beti SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame. With all the burly bells and whistles that are offered to the boys, the Beti SB5 is ready to shred any trail, and a couple of ladies-specific tweaks make it even more playful and fun. Saddle up and you just may find yourself sending it down the mountain as an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Head to toe, or rather, head tube to chainstay, you'll find the Beti has the same geometry as her brother. With a slacked out, confidence inspiring 66. 5-degree head tube, she wants to send it down any trail you point her, and her generous 46-inch wheelbase (medium), she holds strong so you can barrel through bouldery rock gardens where hesitation can be the killer. In effort to prevent sluggish and cumbersome climbing, the bike's seat tube angle saw a forward shift, keeping your body forward on the bike for maximum attack positioning, and efficiency when you have to put down the power. Short and snappy chainstays make up the rear, which saw a makeover in 2017. The longer chainstays and narrow non-boost spacing was stretched out to 148mm boost spacing, an increase of space afforded the room needed for tucking the wheel closer to the seat tube, and shortening the chainstays to a stubby 17. 2in. Shorter chainstays translate to a playful and responsive rear end, happy to pop off of rollers, and help you maneuver through tight and root-laden switchbacks. Just ahead of the rear triangle, tucked in the bottom of the frame, you'll find the --ahem, pivotal Switch Infinity suspension system. Different from the previously used Switch Link, Switch Infinity offers more linear travel arc, smoothly transition...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
It seems that industry publications and tradeshow buzz has been all about huge enduro sleds with plus-sized tires and slacked-out geometries of late, but the SB4. 5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike proves that even flow-centric brands like Yeti Cycles are still into the trail scene. It's a moderately slack 29er with 4. 5in of travel that's designed for stability and speed on descents with plenty of snap on climbs for cyclists who still earn their laps the old-fashioned way. Though it was created to fill the trail niche in Yeti's line, the SB4. 5 has a noticeable focus on losing weight, which combines with the wagon wheels to keep it versatile enough for straight-up XC riding. The carbon fiber frame is stiff and light, with a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle and stability-enhancing 17. 2in chainstays that don't get in the way on climbs. The FOX Performance 34 fork also provides confidence on descents with 140mm of plush, forgiving travel that gives you the option to pick a line when you feel like it and just point the bike downhill when you don't. Yeti uses its relatively new Switch Infinity suspension in the SB4. 5, which keeps the pedal stroke consistent and reduces squat by using a pivot system that switches direction as you move through the bike's travel. Yeti's inclusion of Boost axles also contributes to the SB4. 5's stiff, efficient pedaling platform, and the departure from the 142mm rear standard allows for more space between the hubs for better tire clearance and shorter chainstays--dimensions that are especially relevant for 29ers. With a greater hub distance, you also get a better spoke bracing angle, which creates a stiffer wheel and chassis platform. Finally, the hub's bearings themselves will experience less damaging torsional forces with the wider footprint, prolonging their lifespan and leading to a more efficient rear triangle as a whole. This stiffness and Switch Infinity's pedal-ability are what make the SB4. 5 more adept at climbing ...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The enduro scene has been getting a lot of love lately, with ever deeper travel and ever slacker geometries defining industry trends. Yeti's decision to discontinue its SB95 without a replacement seemed to confirm this trend; however, the SB4. 5 Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike proves that there's still a space in the tribe for trail riding. It's a moderately slack 29er with 4. 5in of travel that's designed for stability and speed on descents with plenty of snappy climbing for those who prefer to be the engine on climbs. Though it was created to fill the trail niche in Yeti's line, the SB4. 5 has a noticeable focus on losing weight, which combines with the wagon wheels to keep it versatile enough for straight-up XC riding. The carbon fiber frame is stiff and light, with a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle and stability-enhancing 17. 2in chainstays that don't get in the way on climbs. The FOX Performance 34 fork also provides confidence on descents with 140mm of plush, forgiving travel that gives you the option to pick a line when you feel like it and just point the bike downhill when you don't. Yeti uses its relatively new Switch Infinity suspension in the SB4. 5, which keeps the pedal stroke consistent and reduces squat by using a pivot system that switches direction as you move through the bike's travel. Yeti's inclusion of Boost axles also contributes to the SB4. 5's stiff, efficient pedaling platform, and the departure from the 142mm rear standard allows for more space between the hubs for better tire clearance and shorter chainstays--dimensions that are especially relevant for 29ers. With a greater hub distance, you also get a better spoke bracing angle, which creates a stiffer wheel and chassis platform. Finally, the hub's bearings themselves will experience less damaging torsional forces with the wider footprint, prolonging their lifespan and leading to a more efficient rear triangle as a whole. This stiffness and Switch Infinity's pedal-ability ar...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
When you're a well-rounded rider, you tend to find pleasure in tackling all sorts of trails, from flowy all-mountain riding with pockets of rock gardens and gnarly roots to steep and trying XC climbs that test just how hard you can push your lungs and quads. With riding so varied, having a bike with restrictive geometry and suspension that can't support the trails you point it up or down can make you angrier than a man with a fork in a world of soup. Yeti Cycles offers us a spoon in this soupy world with the 2018 SB4. 5 Turq mountain bike frame. Effectively finding the balance between a capable trail bike that can handle some chunky rock gardens, and a smooth-trail-loving, pedal-mashing XC bike, the SB4. 5 features lighter weight, and more nimble handling to earn its spot as a true all-mountain bike. With geometry that rides the line between trail and XC, the SB4. 5 runs a 64. 7-degree head tube, which is significantly slacked out beyond the 70-degrees we find on most cross-country bikes. This makes for incredible stability when descending, but because the seat tube angle remains steep you'll still be centered in your cockpit for laying down the power on climbs. In the back, progressive Boost spacing stretches the hub spacing to a wider 148mm that not only enables your hub to be laced up into a stiffer and snappier wheel, but also allows space for the rear wheel to be tucked in closer to your frame for a shorter chain stay for faster power transfers when you need to mash down on the pedals. The guts of the bike, the Switch Infinity suspension, lie just above the bottom bracket, which helps maintain a low center of gravity. Tucked inside the bottom of the seat tube and the rear triangle you'll find two silky-smooth Kashima-coated stanchions with a slider that moves in conjunction with the 144mm of Kashima-coated Fox Factory DPS shock to soak up blows while balancing out pedal bob with linear travel and anti-squat technology. While it'll be happy to soak up some ...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
If you're looking for a whip-fast bike that can handle some bigger terrain on occasion, look no further than Yeti Cycles' SB4. 5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. It blends XC speed with geometry to handle the bigger stuff, so it's effectively the missing link between enduro and trail--something we'd feel comfortable with literally calling all-mountain. This SB4. 5 also carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which means the frame is even lighter and stiffer than the brand's standard carbon construction. It features a more precise carbon layup that's carefully molded to reinforce key stress points without adding bulk, resulting in strength where you need it and fewer grams where you don't. In the end, Yeti claims a reduction of 300g compared to the regular SB4. 5 Carbon--a stat that lends the SB4. 5 Turq more climbing pedigree and complements the ultimate bailout gear on the X01 Eagle drivetrain. Yeti also says that the SB4. 5 has a stiffer pedaling platform than most of its other bikes. While we don't have numbers to verify this claim, it's definitely a responsive go-getter when the going gets mashy, and we think the inclusion of a Boost 148mm rear axle is at least partially responsible for the bike's eagerness on climbs. Coupled with the innate aggression of 29in wheels and the stiff, collet-style hardware, the boosted rear triangle certainly feels every bit as stiff as--if not stiffer than--any of Yeti's other models. The frame's aggressive speed is not to be outdone by its slack front end and surprisingly capable Switch Infinity suspension, though. Its 67. 4-degree head tube is one of the slackest we've seen on an XC-leaning 29er, and it makes for a boost of confidence while picking lines across terrain that would make a more typical 70-degree head tube stumble. The Switch Infinity suspension is equally confidence-inspiring, and its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs. It also erases the momentary harshn..
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Getting up to the goods that include flowy and gnarly descents can sometimes require a little work, but the effort is always worth it and we wouldn't have it any other way. So if you don't have shuttle buddies and don't want to pay for lift access, you'll most likely want a bike that can climb as well as it can descend. We've found Yeti's SB5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike to be plenty capable of hanging with the big bikes coming down the mountain yet climbs with the alacrity to make an e-bike pilot jealous. The SB5 is quite possibly Yeti's best rounded and most versatile bike. It's quite lightweight and has an excellent suspension design lending itself well for days when the topo lines get stacked or even toeing the line at the occasional XC race. We have ridden enough bikes to know that we don't want an anorexic, steep-angled, nervous bike while chasing our buddies down unfamiliar or technical singletrack. Thankfully the SB5 strikes a perfect balance of nimbleness and surefooted attacking. The head tube angle is a fairly slack 66. 5-degrees for confidence inspiring handling on the steep stuff without requiring excessive body English keeping the front wheel from leaving terra firma on uphill switchbacks. Further contributing to excellent ascending, the seat tube angle is 73. 6-degrees. This keeps your weight forward on the cockpit and knees over the pedal spindle for improved climbing. When work turns to play, drop the WTB saddle out of the way with FOX's excellent Transfer post and you won't have anything between you and that rowdy descent. 148mm Boost hub spacing widens the hub flanges for a stiffer wheel build and rear end, and it frees up precious real estate between the chainstays close to the seat tube. The bonus here is the ability to shorten the chainstays to a stubby 17. 2in tucking the rear wheel in closer to the frame and allowing you to run bigger rubber. On the trail, you get near telepathic handling and a laterally stiff rear end. This t...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
In our opinion, a proper mountain bike ride does include a bit of climbing and you have to earn you turns. Being able to do big backcountry rides is so rewarding and we prefer to get to faraway and seldom seen places. You'll need the right kind of bike if you fancy riding in these conditions. Ideally it'll pedal well when motoring along the flats and up long climbs yet not hold you back at all while charging back down. We get to ride a lot of bikes here but the one that we have found to do this job above and beyond is the Yeti's SB5 Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike. The lightweight build and suspension design simply works with you in every situation and the price point puts it in a rage that won't leave you bike poor. We love the SB5 for its versatility. We can confidently pull the bike off the rack at any trailhead and know that the bike will handle the ride. The term "quiver-killer" gets thrown around from time to time and we feel the SB5 truly lives up to it. It strikes a perfect balance of agility and pin the throttle speed. Scare yourself fast speed comes courteous of the 66. 5-degrees headtube angle for the steep stuff going down but you don't have to hold your tongue just right to prevent a wondering front wheel on steep climbs. The 73. 6-degrees seat tube angle puts you in a powerful pedaling position for improved climbing and cruising in a big gear. When it's time to drop in, the FOX Transfer post gets the WTB saddle out of the way for improved clearance and control. Boost spacing is pretty ubiquitous these days but essentially what it does is widen the hub flanges building a stiffer wheel and rear end. It also creates more room for bigger rubber to fit between the chainstays. Shorter chainstays, to the tune of 17. 2-inches, while still having room for a 2. 4-inch tire tucked in close to the seat tube, is a recipe for fun. While riding, you get a bike that goes exactly where you want and with no rear end wag. Up and down the mountain, boost spacing...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq LR X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq LR X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We love when bike brands spec a build that is the choice of what most of the riders of the company ride. In the case of the SB5 Turq LR X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike--whose LR appellation stands for Lunch Ride--that means bigger tires, a wee bit longer fork, and wider bars. The SB5 is known as one of Yeti's most versatile and popular bikes among the Tribe and it took that excellent frame and custom curated a build that satisfied their fastest in-house rippers. Lunch rides around Yeti are pretty renowned for being hammerfests and this SB5 is how many Yeti employees build up their own machines to get the job done. Every day at 11:30, Yeti shuts down the factory for lunch, letting their employees go for a ride on their favorite local trail, Apex. We think this is a rad policy as it lets the employees have a bit of a mid-day unwind and it's a great way to test new products. The folks at Yeti love tinkering with their bikes and through the process of riding, they find a hybrid spec that they all end up loving. We certainly like the changes and this bike is built to take a beating. The fork gets bumped from the usual FOX 34 to a burlier Factory Kashima-coated 36 and gains 10mm more travel while the rear shock gets a swapped for the DPX2 with a piggyback normally seen on the SB6. Tires get beefed up from the normal spec Maxxis Ardents to a Maxxis Minion 2. 5in up front and a 2. 3-inch Aggressor in the rear. SRAM Guide RSC brakes see 180mm rotors on both ends to handle the long descents Golden, CO is known for. The X01 spec is super dependable offering plenty of range for rides going into the 5 digit numbers. So what they have created is a bike that still climbs and pedals with the urgency of the original SB5, but with the downhill chops that would have you questioning if you really need an SB6. Yeti says that their EWS teams will chose a build like the SB5 LR on courses like Rotorua and Tasmania, proving the bike's range of capabilities. As the frame itself is ident...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
We don't dream of climbing long and tedious fire roads, and while we can't speak for everyone, we're pretty sure you don't either. Instead, we dream of the flowy or tech-filled descents, bouldery rock gardens, and tight root-laden treelines. That being said, unless you're shuttling every lap, or hitting up a resort for lift-access, you won't be so blessed to receive that downhill reward without earning it first. For this, you need a bike that is lightweight and nimble on the climbs, but dominates descents. Meet the Yeti Cycles 2018 SB5 Turq mountain bike frame, a bike that's just as happy sending chunky lines as it is laying down some cross-country laps at your local trail network, with lightweight carbon fiber, and a pedaling platform that's hard to beat. Like its predecessor from 2016, the SB5 is versatile, lightweight, and truly excels in all kinds of terrain, but it did see some tweaks last year to update the geometry, making it even more capable than before. Starting at the front, the head tube angle was slacked out about a half a degree, to a long and low 66. 5-degrees, allowing for confidence inspiring geometry on descents. With the shift of the head tube, the seat tube was pushed forward, upping the angle to 73. 6-degrees (medium), keeping you forward in the cockpit for improved control on descents, as well as laying the power down on climbs. The rear end saw a big makeover, with the previously used 142mm non-boost hub spacing being stretched to a generous 148mm boost hub spacing. By widening the hub, not only does boost spacing allow for a stiffer wheel to be built, but it also clears up space closer to your seat tube, enabling the shortening of chainstays to a stubby 17. 2-inches, to tuck your wheel in closer to the frame. Translating this to your ride, it means a snappier and more nimble rear end that's powerful under pedaling force. In front of the rear triangle you'll find Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension system. Different from the previously used...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Yeti Cycles' 2018 SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike gives you everything you want and need in a modern trail-slaying machine. This SB5 gets a no-nonsense build with a wheelset featuring lightweight DT Swiss XM421 rims that are just as wide as a downhill rim from a couple years ago. They spin on DT Swiss 350 hubs renowned for their reliability. SRAM's excellent X01 Eagle drivetrain provides exacting shifts and a 50t bailout gear. The range on offer with this cassette essentially puts extra chainrings and front derailleurs on the endangered species list. Yeti even specs the X01 Eagle crankset, which is the same crank that comes on the top-dog XX1 build. FOX's top-end Factory fork and shock bring super smooth, bump gobbling, terrain taming travel to both ends with the 34 fork and DPS shock. This SB5 carries Yeti's TURQ designation, which represents the most advanced frame the company can construct. This means a more precise carbon layup that's carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding any unnecessary bulk. This results in a frameset that has strength where you need it and much appreciated weight reductions where you don't, for a claimed weight savings of 350g compared to the standard SB5 Carbon. The key to the SB5's great balance lies in its geometry. A 66. 5-degree angle and a slightly longer wheelbase and reach team up for increased stability when mobbing down rocky and rooty trails at high speed. To make sure the bike isn't a sleeper, a steep seat tube angle and shorter chainstays keep handling agile and intuitive as you hop across ruts at speed and navigate up loose, steep terrain. A low bottom bracket inspires cornering confidence to let off the brakes and lean the bike over. The Switch Infinity suspension system is key in providing great quality travel that works with you in every conceivable trail situation. This system's linear path allows it to be much more sensitive to small bumps. Yeti can control the levera...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Big backcountry rides are our idea of a fun day out on a bike. Key to your amount of enjoyment on that ride, is the kind of bike you're on. No need to lug a heavy inefficient bike up long climbs but we also want a bike that lets up rip on the way back down. Of all the bikes we have in our lineup, the Yeti's SB5 TURQ Carbon XT Complete Mountain Bike one of our favorite tools for the job. The lightweight TURQ frame, quality Shimano build, and Switch Infinity suspension design builds a bike ready to tackle any trail and promise zero buyer's remorse. The SB5 is the mountain biker's mountain bike. Known for its versatility, the bike can handle a wide variety of trails and rarely would you ever have a bike capable enough to tackle an enduro and an XC race. Not only does it do both quite well, it even excels better then some machines built specifically for each discipline. The 66. 5-degrees headtube angle lets you pick a line for the steep stuff going down and will confidently guide you through some things you would second guess on other bikes. Climbing up rocky, ledge trails isn't a task, it's a treat. Put the power down and let the excellent suspension claw its way up while your buddies are off their bikes and walking. The 73. 6-degrees seat tube angle encourages a powerful pedaling position for cleaning impossible lines and puts your weight right where it needs to be. When all you have is a horizon line on the trail, drop the FOX Transfer post and trust this Yeti to get you out of the tightest of situations. Boost spacing helps stiffen up the rear end so the suspension is better able to do its job and no power is lost to a flexy rear end. It also allows the chainstays to be placed a little further apart so additional room for bigger tires and mud is available. Stays can be chopped to shorten lengths with the new found space and in combination with the longer reach a wheelbase, you get a bike that can handle high-speed chunder and still thread the needle through a g...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Yeti Cycles' 2017 SB5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike brings trail dreams into reality with top-tier carbon construction and a build kit that'll garner more than a little attention at every trailhead. This SB5 gets the A-list treatment: ENVE's M60 Forty HV carbon hoops roll smooth and fast on DT Swiss' renowned 240 hubs, and SRAM's superlative XX1 Eagle drivetrain offers up precise shifts and the ultimate 50t bailout gear. That mega cog is part of the storied XX1 cassette, a rare find on stock builds that boasts a Ti Nitride finish to reduce shift friction and increase longevity over non-coated cassettes. The only non-XX1 piece is the crankset, which Yeti smartly trades out for the more trail-ready X01 Eagle carbon. It's still exceptionally light and stiff, but it has a hint of added reinforcement to better match the SB5's all-mountain capabilities. This SB5 also carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which represents the most advanced frame the company can make. For the SB5, this means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding any unnecessary bulk. This results in a frameset that has strength where you need it and much appreciated weight reductions where you don't for a claimed weight saving of 350g compared to the standard SB5 Carbon. 2017 sees some tweaks to the SB5's geometry, which manifest as a slightly slacker head tube, dropping from last year's 66. 8 degrees down to a 66. 5-degree angle. This pairs with a slightly longer wheelbase and reach that combine for increased stability when blasting through steep rock gardens. Conversely, the longer, slacker front end is tempered by a steeper seat tube angle and stiff, stubby rear triangle that keep handling responsive and snappy as you deftly navigate tricky root systems and washed out trails. The Switch Infinity suspension system is the key to the SB5's versatility. Switch Infinity has a more linear travel arc than the Switch Link design i...
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Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Where the trail, cross-country, and enduro single-tracks all merge, you'll find the illusive Yeti SB5+ Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike 2018 patiently waiting for you to climb aboard and send it in every direction imaginable. With the versatility of the SB5 you'll find that the SB5+ is hungry to gobble up trails, but with geometry tweaks that enable it to ride as a true plus-bike, with ample tire clearance for supple support of up to a 3-inch tire to dominate loose banked corners and precarious rock gardens. While overall frame geometry stayed quite consistent between the SB5 and the Plus, it's notable that the rear triangle saw a major redesign with elevated chainstays that allows for increased rigidity and tire clearance. Still maintaining short and snappy a rear end, the elevation of the chainstays simply takes them up and out of the way with an arc that increases clearance space while keeping the stays at 17. 2-inches for quick power transfer and nimble handling. Staying close to the rear end, you'll find the switch infinity rear suspension design that effortlessly transitions through travel for a buttery-smooth ride. With a translating pivot it switches directions to move through your travel as you ride, maximizing anti-squat characteristics so you don't lose power in your pedal stroke. The linear path of the system moves with little resistance, allowing small bump sensitivity and pedaling efficiency in the beginning of the travel, but soaks deeper when further into the travel to take square edge hits and drops with ease. When paired with Fox's Performance DPS rear shock with 127mm of travel you'll find a capable trail bike with 5-inches of play-ready suspension hungry for techy tree lines and rock gardens. And for those gnarly and steep tree lines, Yeti's engineers set you up with a slacked out 67. 1-degree head tube angle that feels planted and bombproof, with confidence inspiring geometry that's eager to devour the descents. Because a versatile ...
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Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
At the crossroads of trail, XC, and light enduro comes Yeti's SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike. With its plus size tires, it's eager to lay down the traction making quick work of any technical climb and flotation over any and all trail furniture, for a composed and fun blast back down to the bottom. Unlike other trail bikes that can do double duty as both a 29er and a plus bike, The Yeti SB5 is purpose built around plus tires, so no sacrifices to geometry or suspension kinematics are lost along the way. The frame features clearance for up to 3-inch tires and the surefootedness is greatly appreciated on sketchy loose corners and rocky, ledge-filled climbs.The SB5+ is analogous to the non-plus SB5 with respects to the geometry and suspension travel, however the rear triangle sees redesigned elevated chainstays that allows for increased rigidity and tire clearance needed for wider tires. The raised stays allow Yeti to still build a short (17. 2-inches) and snappy rear end while adding additional clearance by getting them up and out of the way. On the trail this translates to snappy handling and increases the power transfer from the pedals to the rear wheel.Yeti's excellent Switch Infinity suspension platform finds a home on the frame and governs the 127mm of travel from the FOX DPS shock. The design helps the already traction hungry plus tires find grip when the trail is loose and rough, and seamlessly transitions to a bottomless feel when crushing it down the steeps in full plow mode. The key to the excellent ride lies in the translating pivot that automatically switches directions as the shock moves through its stroke. This maximizes anti-squat characteristics while pedaling for excellent climbing and an efficient ride, while the linear path of the system allows unparalleled small bump sensitivity and allows all of the travel to be utilized for soaking up massive square edge hits and drops with ease. The 5-inches feels like less on extended climbs and w...
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Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
If you're like us, you probably have fun riding just about any trail in front of you. This can be a blessing and a curse --banging out miles of smiles no matter the trail is great, but come shopping time it can be a total nightmare of weighing whether you want an enduro beast, and all-mountain conqueror, or a quick and nimble cross-country machine. A lot of bikes are great at one category, but rarely does a bike truly excel no matter the trail like the Yeti Cycles 2018 SB5+ Turq Mountain Bike Frame. With the versatility we've come to know and love from the traditional SB5, but geometry tweaks that enable plus-tires, this rock-gobbling steed is ready for any and every ride you embark on. We didn't see massive transitions in geometry from the SB5 to its plus-sized big brother, the front triangle remained largely the same, but in the back there was a transformation to allow more tire clearance without stretching out chainstays. Still maintaining short and snappy responsiveness, the 17. 2-inch stays are elevated and arced up out of the way, so they can maximize space for 3-inch tires caked in mud to clear with ease, without sacrificing the nimble playfulness of a stubby chainstay. Just in front of the chainstays you'll see the pivotal suspension design that is Switch Infinity. Effortlessly transitioning through travel for silky smooth suspension, Switch Infinity uses a linear path that moves with little resistance, allowing for small bump compliance with minimal squat, so your ride stays smooth while climbing, with little impact on your pedaling efficiency. When you're heading downhill, you'll soak deeper into the suspension, tackling bigger drops and square edge bumps with ease. Combining the Kashima-coated stanchions of Switch Infinity with Fox's Factory DPS, Kashima coated shock is only appropriate, offering you 127mm of ultra-capable travel that's hungry to eat up rock gardens, drops, and rooty tree lines. Yeti's engineers have an eye for perfection and downhil...
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Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The mountain bike market has certainly seen a growth of longer travel enduro machines as of late. The advantages of big wheels cannot be denied and components, wheels, and geometry have reached a point allowing more aggressive riders to exploit them. While the SB6 is typically the weapon of choice for enduro pilots Richie Rude and Cody Kelly, on some high speed courses or days when the transitions are far between, they will reach for the 5. 5. After spending some saddle time on this bike, it removes a lot of people's preconceived notions about 29ers, and we think bikes like this are at least part of the reason why the industry has finally embraced wagon wheels outside of cross country machines. If the idea of big wheels carrying speed everywhere on the trail and plush suspension soaking up the roughest lines appeals to you, Yeti's SB5. 5 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is the one to make all of your enduro dreams come true. With carefully selected components, you'll have enough left in the bank to put number plates on your handlebars all season. This version from Yeti utilizes the same suspension design and geometry of the higher end SB5. 5 TURQ series. And while the SB5. 5 Carbon offers the same stiffness and durability as the TURQ, a use of different materials incurs a 400g (0. 8lb) weight increase. The SB5. 5 Carbon's handling is so dialed and Switch Infinity climbs and pedals so well that the difference in weight, while riding at least, is negligible. Of course we'd all love to own the TURQ frame in a money-is-no-object world but, the value of the Carbon 5. 5 with GX Eagle is hard to refute. Yeti claims that the key to the bike's impressive handling is balanced geometry. Colorado, from where the brand hails, does offer diverse riding opportunities and we're sure that the feedback from the EWS squad from tracks around the world help distill the numbers we see on the 5. 5. It's also evident that Yeti isn't one to quickly jump on the "latest geometry" b...
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Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
Yeti Cycle's finger on the pulse of mountain biking is pressing down harder than ever and they have been in the game just about as long as anybody else. Trends come and go and designs advance to ultimately allow riders to push their limits and go faster on more difficult terrain. The 2018 SB5. 5 Turq is the culmination of everything Yeti has learned in over 3 decades of building frames. The suspension design on the SB5. 5 gives it the ability to happily pedal and climb with XC bikes but the geometry pushes its capabilities in gnarly terrain that Yeti's Enduro team will occasionally call into action for EWS races. This 5. 5 frame carries the Turq appointment, which is plenty burly enough to handle tail-gate shuttles and rugged trails, yet light and agile enough that you'll forget how durable the frame is. The SB5. 5 Turq construction contains the highest quality carbon fiber that Yeti uses allowing it to precisely layup the carbon where extra strength is needed, reinforce highly stressed areas, and reduce the weight by 240g versus the standard carbon version.Key to Yeti's get-up-and-go response is a firm pedaling platform and we can't get over just how great this 140mm 29er climbs. We don't perceive any turbo lag or inefficiency on this one. Maybe it is the Boost spacing or the Switch Infinity platform or something Yeti adds that is as mythical as an abominable snowman, whatever it is, we like it. The big wheels roll along picking up speed and momentum and always encourages us to push the pace to the next ridge knowing the shit-eating grin we will have on the way back down. Egging on the go-anywhere, crush-everything attitude is the bikes 66. 5-degree head tube. Picking a line through a creek bed that mostly resembles a minefield becomes an afterthought. Switch Infinity is Yeti's propriety suspension design and it really shines on the SB5. 5 since it has a knackering for conquering long ascents and steep descents. Keys to its success are its ability to stay com...
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Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Yeti had some pretty big shoes to fill after they discontinued the highly successful SB95. The 5 inches of travel and Switch Technology built a bike that pedaled well, felt better the faster you rode, and could be built up as an all-day trail bike or an enduro stage hunter. The first 29er back in Yeti's lineup, post SB95, was the 4. 5. It showcased refinements to the suspension linkage (Switch Infinity) and did a terrific job of filling in as a trail bike. However, those that still favored big wheels and wanted to build up an enduro machine silently hoped that Yeti still had something in the works. Yeti certainly delivered with the SB5. 5 and it's become the gold standard in which all long-travel 29ers are judged. The SB5. 5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike that we have here is one of our favorite builds from Yeti and packs exactly what we want and no additional fluff: TURQ Carbon frame, FOX Factory suspension, and SRAM's excellent X01 wide-range group. Bikes like the 5. 5 ushered in a movement that legitimized wagon wheels for big-hit trial bike use and Richie Rude has piloted a 5. 5 to an Enduro World Series race win. Modern geometry, materials, and suspension design build a frame that is an absolute demon when the trail heads down and the clock starts, but it never works against you when it is time to head back up and do it again or transfer to the next stage. This frame benefits from Yeti's TURQ Series carbon fiber which is the highest quality material that Yeti constructs frames from and it offers the perfect balance of stiffness and compliance. This results in a bike that feels smooth, solid, and aggressive yet gives up nothing in the durability and fatigue category. The higher modulus carbon allows Yeti to shave about 400 grams from the standard Carbon series bikes which should help some on grueling technical climbs. The heart of Yeti's suspension design is the Switch Infinity platform. What it yields is excellent deep travel support, sensitive smal...
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Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
It's a pleasure riding all the new bikes that come through our doors, but one bike that has really left a lasting impression is the Yeti SB5. 5. It's such a blast to ride at speed and considering that it's a bike that can handle such gnarly terrain, it isn't a pig to pedal all day or feel like a slug on the climbs. Taking this frame to its highest potential and lust-worthiness is the XX1 Eagle group. If you are looking for the paramount build on the ultimate enduro and trail rig, look no further than the SB5. 5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike.The frame construction on this bike utilizes TURQ Series carbon and Yeti denotes it as the highest quality carbon fiber available offering the perfect balance of stiffness and compliance. This results in a bike that feels smooth, solid, and aggressive, exactly what we want in a ride! EWS World Champion Richie Rude and Yeti's in-house testing team and ambassadors constantly put TURQ frames to the test on rugged terrain in remote locations and that leaves us never questioning frame durability or strength. Based on the feedback Yeti receives, they fine tune every detail down to the most minute component so the bike can perform best in the environment it was intended.At the heart of what allows Yeti bikes to ride as well as they do, is the Switch Infinity suspension platform. Switch Infinity utilizes a patented translating pivot that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This provides excellent anti-squat characteristics for superior pedaling performance and ideal suspension characteristics as it gets deeper into its travel. Yeti (and no one else for that matter) wouldn't be able to produce a suspension design that feels this linear and with this amount of anti-squat with a traditional link design. Working with FOX, this translating pivot uses the finest quality low-friction seals, bushings, and bearings and is super durable and dependable. Yeti has field tested the parts for over three years and the o...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
If you regularly find yourself racing enduros, ripping laps in the park, or attacking the biggest lines on the mountain, the Yeti SB6 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is your weapon of mass destruction. Its six inches of quality travel will have you blasting through rocky singletrack at scare-yourself warp speed and cornering with an alacrity that will leave other bikes in its wake. If you want a machine with the absolute best big hit capabilities that will get you down the mountain on shuttle and lift missions but that's not so single-minded that it couldn't pedal back up if you wanted to, the SB6 is among the leaders of a very small class. For a bike with such an appetite for aggressive terrain, the SB6's carbon frame pedals along with surprising proficiency while tackling big epics, no doubt helped along with the lightweight carbon frame and efficient Switch Infinity suspension platform. Yeti's standard Carbon frame is every bit as strong and stiff as its TURQ carbon, but with a slightly higher weight that rides just north of half a pound. Dollars to doughnuts, that is something we will gladly accept since we'll pocket the difference for post ride burritos, race entries, and beer. Always beer. This build is equal parts performance and value. The extraordinary GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain has us wondering why doubles even exist anymore since it's plentiful range saves grunting up the steepest climbs with a comically massive 50 tooth bail-out gear. Other components of note on this quality build include SRAM Guide R brakes that stop on a dime and the DT Swiss M1900 wheels, whose 30mm internal width plumps up the Maxxis tires to help pick apart technical lines at blurring speeds. Beyond its impressive build, the SB6 is a sure-footed steed that's a favorite of enduro racers and aggressive riders in need of a confident machine capable of tackling rough and rugged terrain with aplomb. Yeti's factory pilots, Richie Rude and Cody Kelley, constantly put the SB6 throug...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
Yeti's 2017 SB6 Turq Mountain Bike Frame brings back the boost axles and hard-charging awesomeness we loved in last year's version, trades up for a Fox Float X Factory shock, and sets a new standard for carbon construction to make this frame stand out as a flagship enduro sled that'll bring new meaning to grippy fun through ever gnarlier terrain. This frameset carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which it says represents the most advanced frames it can create at any given time. For the SB6 Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup, molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk and rumored to reduce weight by 265g from the regular version. This process results in strength where you need it, and lightness where you don't.The Switch Infinity suspension system is a key driver behind the SB6's versatility. Switch Infinity originally replaced the Switch Link design, which experiences a momentary harshness when rapidly successive hits kept it hovering above the 30% stroke point. The new design has a more linear travel arc, so the eccentric link changes direction without getting caught in that minute dead spot. Of course, 95% of all riders won't ever push the Switch Link hard enough to experience this dead spot, but Yeti (being Yeti) went ahead and fixed it anyway. For those of us who are our own mechanics, Yeti also simplified maintaining the Switch Infinity by including easily accessible grease ports, which do away with the need for time-consuming rebuilds.Aside from those changes, the two suspension systems are fairly similar. Like the Switch Link, the Switch Infinity slider travels upward under the first phase of compression, when the SB6 is settling into its sag point. As the rear end compresses deeper, the direction changes, and the DH-inspired slider travels down toward the bottom bracket shell to maintain a steady pedaling platform. This change of direction is smoother, without the above-mentioned dead space, but the effect is the...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018
The Yeti SB6 Turq frame is the exact frame that Yeti's EWS team rides to victory on the many varied tracks on the international circuit. Innovations in carbon technology allow Yeti to construct a frame that's tough enough to handle the burliest enduro stages and biggest lines in the park yet still light enough to pedal all day with your buds in the backcountry. Packed with six inches of Switch Infinity travel, the SB6 is engineered to excel at a World Championship level as well as your local KOM's. Yeti lab tests their frames to rigorous standards (the SB6 is subjected to downhill frame caliber testing) for stiffness and impacts and it claims their high modulus Turq carbon fiber to be every bit as strong and stiff as their traditional carbon, but with significant weight savings in the neighborhood of 9. 3 ounces. The SB6's hardware and parts are custom made and not just some off the shelf items. This ensures all the bits fit exceptionally well and interfaces stay that way to perform at a high level for a long time. The collet-style axle system on the pivots reduces bearing wear. Enduro Max sealed bearings have full-complement chromium steel balls and are ideally suited to the high-load, low rotation applications of suspension pivots. Integrated ISCG-05 mounts on the PF92 bottom bracket shell allow you to mount a chainguide, if needed, for when the going gets rough. Internal cable routing keeps the frame's lines clean and rattle-free. The integrated rear axle and derailleur hanger system simplifies the rear end and increases the rigidity of the hanger ensuring crisp shifting up and down the cassette. Molded rubber guards on the downtube and chainstay keeps things quiet and protects the carbon in these vulnerable areas. Clearance for 2. 5in tires allow for a healthy amount of rubber barreling down the trail. Simply set the FOX Factory DPX2 shock to 30% sag, dial in the compression and rebound to your liking and prepare to demolish everything in your path. The SB6...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq Team Replica Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq Team Replica Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
We have a thing for pro bikes. It's cool to see every detail that goes into a race winning ride each component is chosen specifically for the job. Yeti now gives you the chance to own a bike built to every last exacting detail as 2 time Enduro World Series winner Richie Rude. The SB6 Turq Team Replica Complete Mountain Bike may not give you Richie's incredible speed or Cody Kelly's impressive style but it won't give you an excuse either. This is a limited edition model and only 150 will be made.Starting with the frame, the SB6 TR only comes in the TURQ series, because when you're PRO, you only ride the best. On the EWS circuit the difference between winning and losing is measured in fractions of a second. The TURQ frames are built with the best possible frame materials available and is lighter and stiffer than the C-Series frame. The SB6 is tested under heightened frame requirements to withstand stiffness and impact levels of downhill bikes. Along with the testing in the lab the SB6 is ridden to victory on the toughest enduro race courses in the world. The TURQ frame gives you the best foundation for building up a bike that will be racing against the clock or if you just want the best performance out on the trail.Yeti's EWS team only races on the best equipment. Longtime Factory Team sponsors like Fox, Shimano, DT Swiss, Renthal, Chris King, Maxxis, One-Up and Ergon makeup the brands found on this ride. This bike gives you the goods to dominate any enduro you are likely to enter or if you just love to ride nasty, technical terrain regularly. Up front the FOX Factory fork gets extended to 170mm. You will appreciate this when mobbing through steep, fast, technical terrain. High-speed chutes and jumps are no problem and any line choice becomes rideable. The "team-only" orange perfectly matches the orange highlights on the frame. A DHX2 replaces the DPX2 shock bringing DPS XC efficiency and X2 DH performance. The Dual Piston Base Valve has dedicated compression and...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The current crop of all-mountain and enduro bikes are nothing short of amazing. We feel pretty safe saying that the newer bikes are every bit as capable of tackling terrain that was once territory of DH only bikes just a few short years ago. That is an impressive feat but even more astonishing when you consider that these bikes can climb on all day and they pedal as well as trail bikes from that same era. One bike that fits this bill very nicely and is the perfect take anywhere, no holds barred bike is the Yeti SB6. The TURQ frame that we have on this X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike build is the same frame that Yeti's Enduro World Series team trust to guide them on demanding tracks around the globe. Advancements in carbon materials and techniques allow Yeti to build a frame that's durable enough to handle the roughest enduro stages and double black diamond trails yet light enough to pedal back up to the top of mountain and do it all over again. Sporting six inches of Switch Infinity travel, the SB6 is engineered to excel at pro caliber EWS level racing as well as bragging rights with your riding pals. Yeti ensures that their frames are able to handle high stresses by testing their frames to rigorous standards ensuring stiffness and impacts meet their criteria. It claims their high modulus TURQ carbon fiber to be every bit as strong and stiff as their traditional carbon construction, but with significant weight savings in the neighborhood of 9. 3 ounces. Adding FOX suspension and SRAM's X01 group takes this frame to new heights and will have you testing your limits on every ride.Yeti doesn't leave hardware and parts to chance and each part is custom made and not some off the shelf items. In doing so, all the bits fit exceptionally well and interfaces stay true to perform at a high level for a long time. The collet-style axle system on the pivots reduce bearing wear, noise, and play. Yeti specs Enduro Max sealed bearings which have full-complement chromium steel ...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
What's pretty cool about bike racing is that, except for a few exceptions, we can ride the same equipment as our favorite riders. The SB6 is a favorite of Yeti's EWS team who rally enduro tracks around the world. Innovations in carbon technology build a frame tough enough to handle the rigors of enduro racing, lift days in the park, yet still light enough to slog out big miles in the backcountry. If you're looking to win a World Championship or your local KOM, grams count and the new TURQ material maintain stiffness and durability while cutting around 260 grams from the frame. The SB6 TURQ XT Complete Mountain Bike adds Shimano's exceptional XT brakes and drivetrain, building a bike that can day-in and day-out handle anything you and the trail can dish out. The increased gear range brings 1x to Shimano fans without resorting to hop-up cassette cogs or derailleur modifications and the FOX suspension and dropper, Race Face Turbine crank and stem, and DT Swiss wheels all contribute to the no-nonsense solid spec. The SB6 TURQ Series frame is a hair over 6 pounds and made with the highest quality carbon fiber available. An impressive feat for a bike sporting 6 inches of travel and stiff and durable enough to handle the abuse guys like Rude and company dish out regularly. The bike crushes the descents with the spirit of a DH bike but is very manageable pedaling between stages and on all all-day epics. Frames are lab tested and certified to handle the abuse and proven to perform on the trails and race courses. Lightweight, frame stiffness, and durability only gets you so far. Quality suspension is key to how balanced the bike will ride and its ability to gobble up terrain. Switch Infinity gives Yeti the characteristics it seeks with its patented translating pivot. The pivot switches direction as the bike moves through its travel providing a linear, plush feel off the top and manipulating the wheel path and leverage ratio throughout the travel offering great mid-rage s...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Burly enough to handle the rigors of competitive enduro racing, the Yeti SB6 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is bred to shred the gnarliest lines with six inches of travel soaking up seemingly impassable boulders and precipitous drops that render smaller trail bikes almost useless. For such a capable enduro rig, the SB6 Turq's feathery carbon frame lends a surprising amount of efficiency on longer days in the saddle, especially on backcountry epics where a lightweight build is crucial to conserving energy. Yeti claims their Turq carbon fiber to be every bit as strong and stiff as their traditional carbon, but with significant weight savings in the neighborhood of 9. 4 ounces. This particular build enjoys the rock-solid confidence of an ENVE M70 Thirty High Volume wheelset, which is a worthy upgrade if you're seeking precise tracking across the rough stuff. The truly exceptional XX1 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain arms you with swift shifts and plentiful low-end for conserving energy on the steepest of climbs, especially considering its massive 50 tooth bail-out. Other exceptional components on this top-flight build include SRAM Guide RSC brakes for brute stopping force, as well as DT Swiss 240 hubs for responsive engagement when you're picking apart technical lines. Beyond its impressive XX1 Eagle build, the SB6 is a confidence-inspiring bike that's a favorite of aggressive riders seeking a composed and confident machine, no matter how rough and rugged the terrain before you. Don't just take our word for it, look at Yeti's team riders putting it through the grueling paces of the EWS, such as Richie Rude and Cody Kelley. The secret to its aggressive demeanor and big-line competency lie within its long, slack geometry, which is a full degree slacker at 65. 5 degrees than Yeti's more trail-oriented SB5. It's substantially longer as well, with the SB6's wheelbase elongated by almost an inch over the SB5. This longer wheelbase gives the SB6 unflappable composure whe...
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