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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
Send those skinny-tired bikes into hibernation for the winter and get out in the snow with the 2016 Borealis Echo GX Complete Fat Bike. Borealis pairs a rigid carbon fiber fork and SRAM's one-by-eleven groupset to create a light, reliable, and versatile whip for the non-suspension fat bike traditionalists out there who still want all the benefits of carbon design. Your other bikes are going to get some time off this cold season. The seatstay profiling on the Echo enables a degree of forgiving bump absorption, while the oversized chainstays keep the pedaling responsive when you stomp on the gas. Like the original Yampa, the Echo clears massive 4. 8in tires on a 100mm wide rim. To achieve that degree of clearance, Borealis opts for a 197mm spaced rear hub, which is secured by a Maxle quick-release thru axle. The result is a dishless rear wheel, a surprisingly stiff rear end, and perfect drivetrain alignment with the 100mm threaded bottom bracket shell. The design also provides enough clearance for a one-by or double drivetrain, regardless of your tire choice. Naturally, there's plenty of extra clearance for mud, snow, or anything else you're likely to find yourself riding through. The head tube is tapered, which takes advantage of the incredible stiffness provided by Borealis' rigid carbon fork. The frame's finished with a bike-packing loadout of three bottle cage mounts to keep you hydrated for long hours in the saddle and, at 1,370 grams for a medium frame, it's far lighter than it appears.
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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
Whether you're contemplating a snowy landscape or a sandy bikepacking trip, keep the fat fun rolling with the 2016 Borealis Flume GX Complete Fat Bike. With its aluminum frame and a rockin' kit that includes Borealis' own rigid carbon fork, SRAM GX componentry, and beefy Husker Du tires, this rig is ready to shred snow, loose gravel, and sandy stretches with ease. Borealis built the Flume as an aluminum counterpart to its full-carbon Crestone for a nimble ride at a fraction of the carbon cost. It boasts burly four-inch tires on 80mm rims for a solid rolling platform that remains sprightly compared to the extra-fat 100mm rims found on Borealis' other models. As with the Crestone, a 197mm rear hub results in a surprisingly stiff rear end and perfect drivetrain alignment with the 100mm threaded bottom bracket shell. That massive rear axle also leaves clearance to handle all the mud, snow, sand, or anything else you're likely to find caked to your machine during those epic bikepacking adventures.
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Borealis Bikes Flume GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike - 2016 Borealis Bikes Flume GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike - 2016
Keep the fat tires rolling through any season on the 2016 Borealis Flume GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike. Pairing an aluminum frame, Rochshox's Bluto suspension fork, and SRAM's GX one-by drivetrain, this bike is a versatile bull whip just chomping at the bit to take on burly trail adventures. Borealis built the Flume as an aluminum counterpart to its full-carbon Crestone for a nimble ride at a fraction of the carbon cost. It boasts burly, four-inch tires on 80mm rims for a solid rolling platform that remains sprightly compared to the extra-fat 100mm rims found on other Borealis models. As with the Crestone, a 197mm spaced rear hub results in a surprisingly stiff rear end and perfect drivetrain alignment with the 100mm threaded bottom bracket shell. That massive rear axle also leaves clearance to handle all the mud, snow, sand, or anything else you're likely to find yourself riding through during those epic bikepacking 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 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 Karakoram Elite Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Karakoram Elite Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
There's no shortage of full-squish, over-engineered rigs on any given trail, but there's something to be said about the clean simplicity of a hardtail like GT's 2017 Karakoram Elite Complete Mountain Bike. 29in wheels, no suspension, and a lightweight alloy frame is about as pure a combination as mountain bikes get. Sure, the longer wheelbase, steep head tube, and big contact patch of wagon wheels can make dicing though techier terrain a little bit more difficult, but that's more than made up for with roll-over-anything speed when you're blazing across singletrack,The Karakoram Elite is built up with components as straight-forward as the frame itself, with Shimano's workhorse names scattered throughout the drivetrain and brakes, an FSA crankset, and Schwalbe Rapid Ron Tires. It's capped off with a 100mm travel fork, which just enough to smooth out the bumps without sapping speed.
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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 Elite Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 GT Verb Elite Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
We all know that full-suspension bikes are a bundle of plush trail fun, and it's an easy leap to think that more travel is always more fun. While eight inches of rear travel sounds impressive, toting the mammoth bike attached to that much suspension up any sort of incline without assistance will put a quick end to your positive thoughts. GT's 2017 Verb Elite Complete Mountain Bike strikes a balance between too-heavy, high-travel and jarring hardtail with 4. 7 inches of trail-worthy Independent Drivetrain (I-Drive) suspension that isolates rear axle movement from pedaling input and maintains chainstay length throughout its travel for a responsive ride whether you're climbing or bombing rocky trails. The Verb is made for everyday trail riding adventures, with aluminum construction that blends affordability with the durability to shred trails that you'd be hesitant to scratch a flashy plastic bike on. The rear axle orbits the bottom bracket in a steady arc through travel, letting the 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.
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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 Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
We like to conceptualize the 2017 Ibis Mojo 3 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as a sprightly younger sibling to the gravity leaning HD3. Drawing inspiration from its burly kin, the Mojo 3 lands with expanded versatility in a lighter, more playfully agile chassis that pushes its 130mm of travel to handle just about everything this side of gravity. Expanding its capability with the versatility to handle standard and plus-sized tires, as well as single or double chainrings, this Mojo 3 is set to be your next best friend on the trail. The Mojo 3's versatility is informed by the shock tune and DW-Link suspension. Ibis tunes 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. To cap it off, 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 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 undue 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." We think that's a wonderfully succinct way to describe the responsive aggression the Mojo 3 exhibits on climbs that would send ...
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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 Boost Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Ibis Mojo HD3 Carbon Boost Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
In late 2014, Ibis set the enduro world abuzz with its all new HD3, somewhat of a reincarnation of its much-loved HD but adapted to modern standards with an extra dose of versatility on 27. 5in hoops. After that well-received overhaul, Ibis decided to catch its breath and leave the Mojo HD3 Carbon Boost Mountain Bike Frame nearly in its current state for 2016. The one tweak is the addition of a Boost rear axle width for increased stiffness and compatibility with larger tires. The Mojo HD3's 27. 5in-specific DW-Link suspension platform continues to completely isolate rear wheel movement from pedaling and braking forces--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 confuses the issue further, taking 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 leads into climbs with an aggressive front end that doesn't sell you out 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 or goes down fast, defying the categorizations that limit so many other bikes. The frame accommodates external or internal cable routing and stealth routing for a dropper post of your choice--though Ibis suggests a KS LEV Integra. 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, dirt-simple 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 sense of control.
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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 Carbon XT 2x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Ibis Mojo HD3 Carbon XT 2x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Finding an enduro sled outfitted with a double chainring can feel a bit like questing in search of an ancient chalice housed under the protection of immortal knights from medieval times. Thankfully, the 2017 Ibis Mojo HD3 Carbon XT 2x Complete Mountain Bike brings all the rowdy HD3 capability you're looking for with the gear range of Shimano's double XT M8000 drivetrain to your next day at the park. Add in hydraulic brakes, a dropper post, and the versatility to run anywhere from 2. 3 to 2. 8in tires, and this bike is practically chomping at the bit to drop in right out of the box. By isolating the rear wheel movement from pealing and braking forces, the Mojo HD3's DW-Link suspension platform boasts a plush and linear suspension motion that feels like an even bigger bike, yet covers the flats and climbs with an XC-inspired attitude. The tapered head tube's 66. 6-degree angle takes advantage of DW-Link's soundness and the chassis' stability to hit a steeper angle than most six-inch bikes. That means the Mojo HD3 lunges into climbs with an aggressive front end that doesn't leave you stranded when you're dropping in for the descent. The bike's low, 13. 5in bottom bracket and stubby, 16. 9in chainstays pair with the front end to create an uncommonly agile enduro sled that drops in fast on the down side but gets up and goes when the trail turns skyward, defying the categorizations that limit so many other bikes. As an added touch, the shock tune and suspension keep the bottom bracket height at the sag point the same, regardless of tire size. Ibis stands by threaded bottom brackets with the Mojo, a move that kindly dismisses any proprietary press-fit systems in favor of a rock-solid, proven standard. 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 boosting the bike's lateral stability and your own sense of control.
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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 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 Tranny 29 Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Ibis Tranny 29 Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
Ibis is never one to shy away from controversy, and the Tranny 29 Mountain Bike Frame is obviously no exception. By controversy, we of course mean the controversial way the frame is built, which allows for a bike that can transition between full cassettes and singlespeed. The heart of the Tranny is a feature called the Slot Machine, which governs chainstay length, adjusting it by up to 15mm in order to accommodate the differences between a singlespeed and a fully geared machine. No matter what your gearing needs are, the Tranny is never more than a single step away from meeting them. Both triangles are made from monocoque carbon, so regardless of how you run it, the Tranny takes advantage of its 29er pedigree by embracing speed without wasting watts due to high weight or low stiffness. It can also be split into two discrete pieces for ease of storage and transport.
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Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Juliana Furtado 2. 0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike carries over 2016's geometry changes with a longer, lower, and slacker profile than the 1. 0 Furtado that pushes the boundaries of its trail bike categorization. This Furtado gets dressed up in SRAM's revolutionary X01 Eagle one-by 12-speed drivetrain and huge accompanying gear range, a dropper post, and smooth-spinning Easton ARC 24 wheels to take on almost any terrain. The X01 Eagle drivetrain jumps ahead of industry tradition with its revolutionary 12-speed cassette. In a nutshell, Eagle lets you have the standard 10-42t 11-cog cassette you've grown to love in your old one-by 11-speed setup and introduces a massive 50t bailout cog that'll save your legs on steep, lung-crushing climbs that normally would have you pleading for an extra gear or two to magically fall from the sky. Like that superlative bailout cog, the Furtado 2. 0's geometry marks a distinct shift from its predecessors, with the key changes apparent in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Roubion model. As you can imagine, the change is noticeable when the tires hit dirt, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much terrain a "trail" bike is equipped to handle. The steepened seat tube is equally impressive, though in a different way. The forward-oriented position of the saddle makes for better leverage on the pedals while slogging up climbs or cranking out speed on long stretches of singletrack. The Furtado 2. 0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider dropper range for aggressively tackling double-digit grades on either side of zero. The latest VPP suspension also sees some changes. The ...
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Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon CC XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon CC XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
It's tempting to think you need a long-travel mountain bike, especially if your local trails are strewn with chunky rock impediments and gnarled root sections often causing you to dismount and circumnavigate these sections on foot. The thing is, most riders don't push their bike to the extremes demanded by a six-inch travel bike and instead would benefit from the snappier acceleration and climbing efficiency of a bit less travel, somewhere in the range of five inches. Realizing this, Juliana created the Furtado 2. 0 Carbon CC XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike with nimble handling and playful disposition over monster truck-like force in mind. Ultimately, it's a bike that begs for fast and flowing trails with massive berms, tight turns around trees, and long climbs back to the top of the forest. As the smaller trail sibling to Juliana's enduro-bred Roubion, the Furtado 2. 0 emphasizes surgical precision and playful handling, especially on tighter trail networks where trees often pose clearance issues. That being said, the Furtado 2. 0 is reinvigorated for added confidence and comfort on high-speed descents with its 66 degree head tube angle and longer front end. It retains one of the lowest bottom brackets in Juliana's line at 13. 1 inches, keeping you glued to the trail when you're charging at higher speeds and slaloming around tight corners. Another notable geometry figure, 16. 7-inch chainstays retain a nimble feel for cleaning the tightest sections of trail. 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 gnarled sections of 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 trail networks. And because Juliana gives it a custom shock tune for lighter female riders, you'll find it's more ...
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Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Building on the gold standard for trail bikes was an ambitious endeavor, and Santa Cruz succeeded with flying colors in the 2016 the launch of the Furtado 2. 0. So much so, that it's carrying over that new 2. 0 geometry into the new model year with the 2017 Juliana Furtado 2. 0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike. Kitted out with SRAM's NX one-by drivetrain, WTB wheels, and smooth FOX suspension, this bike arrives longer, lower, and slacker than its predecessor with an aggressive pedaling platform and nimble back end to extend the limits of possibility on the trail.The changes in geometry are most apparent in the slacker head tube and steeper seat tube in comparison to the Furtado 1. 0. The head tube loses a whole degree, dropping from 68 to 67, which brings it more in line with the previous Roubion model and expands the Furtado's capability when things get steep and gnarly. The steepened seat tube is equally impactful, with the forward-oriented position of the saddle providing better leverage on the pedals while grinding up steep inclines or cranking out speed over long stretches of singletrack. In addition to the updated tube angles, the Furtado 2. 0 features a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle than its 1. 0 predecessor. That pile of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider seat height range for aggressively tackling double-digit grades on either side of zero.The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) suspension also gets some updates in the Furtado 2. 0. The most immediately obvious is the extra 5mm of travel, but the tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," VPP3's curve more closely resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the travel arc.These changes mean that VPP3 provides increased small bump compliance during the initial stroke to keep the tires ...
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Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Drawing inspiration from its race-rocket predecessor and learning from the Santa Cruz Tallboy, its genre-defining sibling, the 2017 Juliana Joplin 2. 0 Carbon 27. 5+ S Complete Mountain Bike gets updated with plus compatibility and some modern touches like Boost spacing, enduro-inspired suspension links, and Santa Cruz's versatile flip chip. The key difference that sets the Joplin apart from 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 on average 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, hard-rocking musicians; however, like any good story, it has a 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. Repositioning the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in wheel/tire systems, 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 SC's Hightower. If that model was its testing ground, then the flip chip has moved one step closer to perfection with the Joplin because hanging the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle; however, the Joplin's head tube stays the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. 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 a 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27. 5+ with 130mm. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the mo...
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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 Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Joplin Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Juliana Joplin Carbon 27. 5+ X01 Carbon CC Complete Mountain Bike is the product of two strains of DNA. The most prominent is, of course, the model's immediate predecessors. The first leg of this history is the Joplin line itself, which has become a wagon-wheel staple because of its ability to clean climbs as fast as the goddess of rock for which it's named lived her mercurial life. The longer story is a bit more complicated. It involves the developmental curve of the genre-defining Tallboy, which culminates today in some modern touches like Boost spacing, enduro-inspired suspension links, and Santa Cruz's 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 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 perfect with the Joplin. Changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle; the Joplin's head tube stays the same for 27. 5+ and 29in wheels. 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 sta...
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Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Juliana Bicycles Roubion 2. 0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike lives for the chase of adrenaline over big drops and rowdy terrain. Designed to be the ultimate enduro race sled, this Roubion is kitted out with SRAM's groundbreaking X01 Eagle drivetrain, a dropper post, and fast-rolling Race Face ARC 27 wheels. Whether you're heading out for a short lunch lap or packing up the car for a weekend on the whole enchilada, you can clip in assured that this bike is up for the challenge. It's no secret that we love the Roubion, and it's fairly easy to see why. First, responsive handling and fast rolling speed have made 27. 5in wheels the default choice for riders who push it. The Roubion's six inches of rear wheel travel is primed to melt harsh trails, while the VPP suspension platform lends efficient pedaling on the climbs and produces imperceptibly smooth travel across multiple successive hits that other, over-engineered suspension designs still haven't been able to match. The X01 Eagle drivetrain pushes the industry forward with its revolutionary 12-speed cassette. In a nutshell, Eagle lets you have the standard 10-42t cassette you've grown to love in your old one-by setup but introduces a massive 50t bailout cog that'll save your knees on steep, leg-searing climbs that normally would have you praying for the cycling deities to drop an extra gear out of the clouds. For 2017, Juliana carries over the myriad updates seen in the mid-2016 2. 0 geometry release. With 2. 0, the top suspension link directly mounts on the top tube while the lower link tucks neatly out of the way to increase stiffness and durability while also smoothing the ride. The head angle drops from 67 to 66 degrees, which sounds like a tiny change, but it provides even more high-speed stability than the previous version. At 17. 05in, the chainstays are long enough to keep you centered on the bike, yet short enough to allow the Roubion to carve up turns with ease. Both the front and...
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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 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Juliana Roubion 2. 0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike lives for the adrenaline rush of big drops and rowdy terrain with six inches of plush, responsive VPP suspension that just begs to push the limits of what you thought possible. On the other side of the coin, the Roubion's carefully dialed geometry and lightweight construction lend it the versatility to revel on climbs with a nimbleness that defies its enduro sled roots. Add in SRAM's workhorse NX one-by drivetrain and smooth rolling WTB hoops, and this bike is ready to rocket right out of the box. 2017 sees Juliana carry over the myriad updates seen in the mid-2016 2. 0 geometry release. With 2. 0, the top suspension link directly mounts on the top tube while the lower link tucks neatly out of the way to increase stiffness and durability while also smoothing the ride. The head angle drops from 67 to 66 degrees, which sounds like a tiny change, but it provides even more high-speed stability than the previous version. At 17. 05in, the chainstays are long enough to keep you centered on the bike, yet short enough to allow the Roubion to carve into turns with ease. Juliana's industry-leading carbon fiber construction makes its way into Roubion 2. 0 Carbon S, although this version uses a slightly lower grade of carbon fiber than the super high end Carbon CC frame. This requires more material be used to achieve the same strength, so it does carry a bit more weight, but in every other aspect it's held to the same astoundingly high standards as Juliana's Carbon CC level frames. The upshot is that you get a frame that's every bit as stiff and strong, at much more palatable price point. Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which contributes to additional weight savings by allowing the carbon fiber to wrap continuously through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and requires less overall material in the process. While it's being cured, ...
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Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
It's no secret that we're fans of the 2017 Juliana Roubion 2. 0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike, and it's also not difficult to see why. Its 27. 5-in wheels deliver a perfect blend of 26in speed and 29er versatility, pairing with 150mm of plush, responsive VPP suspension that encourages you to push the limits over big drops and rowdy terrain. On the flip side, the Roubion's lightweight construction and carefully chosen geometry let it revel on climbs with a nimbleness that defies its enduro sled roots. Add in SRAM's workhorse GX one-by drivetrain and smooth rolling Race Face hoops, and this bike is ready to rock right out of the box.For 2017, Juliana carries over the myriad updates seen in the mid-2016 2. 0 geometry release. With 2. 0, the top suspension link directly mounts on the top tube while the lower link tucks neatly out of the way to increase stiffness and durability while also smoothing the ride. The head angle drops from 67 to 66 degrees, which sounds like a tiny change, but it provides even more high-speed stability than the previous version. At 17. 05in, the chainstays are long enough to keep you centered on the bike, yet short enough to allow the Roubion to carve up turns with ease.Juliana's industry-leading carbon fiber construction makes its way into Roubion 2. 0 Carbon S, although this version uses a slightly lower grade of carbon fiber than the super high end Carbon CC frame. This requires more material be used to achieve the same strength, so it does carry a bit more weight, but in every other aspect it's held to the same astoundingly high standards as Juliana's Carbon CC level frames. The upshot is that you get a frame that's every bit as stiff and strong, at much more palatable price point.Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which contributes to additional weight savings by allowing the carbon fiber to wrap continuously through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames an...
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Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
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 2017 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 ...
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Niner Jet 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2015 Niner Jet 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2015
The biggest change Niner made to the 2015 Jet 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is that the lightweight, stiff alloy used only in the previous iteration's rear suspension links is now used throughout the back end. This mixed-media design uses a carbon front triangle to put the race-proven geometry of the Jet 9 in the hands of more cyclists while keeping the focus on stiffness, an attribute further boosted by its 12 x 142mm thru axle. The cumulatively stiffer ride maintains carbon's efficiency, tracks more precisely over terrain, and protects the oversized cartridge bearings of the suspension. Pivot points aren't designed to handle torsional and lateral flex, and a stiffer overall system keeps things moving as they should. Other than that back end boost, much of the Jet 9 Carbon resembles the previous model. It shares a carbon monocoque main triangle and many of the RDO's features, including the PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, cleanly routed internal cables, and relatively stubby chainstays. Most importantly though, they share the same eager 29er geometry. While the industry-wide love of 29ers has sent some manufacturers into R&D purgatory in order to find a solution to full suspension/29er compatibility issues, Niner has been sitting pretty for some time with its 100 millimeters of CVA travel. The CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. When you press on the pedals, nothing's lost to compressing the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth when taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push on through rock gardens. Adding to CVA's trail appeal is a low ratio of shock stroke to suspension movement. This decreases the amount of preload needed, which translates to smooth, effective damping and less drag on the shock seals. For 2015, Niner trusts its CVA design to RockShox with the Monarch RT3 rear...
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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+ 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 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 - 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
Niner's engineers have been busy, going back to the drawing board and revamping almost every frameset for 2017. It was worth the effort though, and the 2017 Niner Jet 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame is back with a massive facelift, 20 additional millimeters of Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) travel, compatibility with both 29er and 27. 5+ wheels, and even more versatility than its predecessor. It's slacker up front, steeper out back, longer across the top, and flat out better at all the things that made us love the original Jet 9. 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 a recommended front travel pairing of 130mm for 29in wheels and 140mm with 27. 5+, it's got a similar seat tube angle as the 2016 Jet 9 with a 100mm fork. Adding that much travel 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 for stable handling and efficient power transfer. 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 it drops to 67. 5 degrees when paired with a 130mm fork and 29in wheels and down to 67 degrees with a 140mm fork and 27. 5+ wheels. 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. Despite the geometry changes, Niner's Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction process remains relatively unchanged. This is a good thing, as Niner's compaction metho...
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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 - 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
It may have the same name as its predecessor, but the 2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame went in for some serious upgrades before stepping into the limelight. Dropping with a slacker head tube, steeper seat tube, longer top tube, stubbier chainstays, and a deeper suspension, the new RIP 9 RDO bridges the gap between its trail heritage and enduro aspirations to settle firmly into all-mountain territory. And surprisingly, given Niner's historic dedication to the eponymous 29er, the frame now boasts compatibility with both 29in and 27. 5+ wheels so you can choose the size that best fits your riding style. In addition to the geometry tweaks, the new RIP 9 gains a heap of versatility with the introduction of Boost axle spacing. Boost spacing makes for stiffer wheels, which wagon wheels are uniquely qualified to benefit from, but it also opens up a world of options throughout the rear triangle. By pushing the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to finagle enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays by 11mm and sharpen the seat tube angle by two degrees. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the bike's engine (read: you) up over the pedals. The stubby stays keep the bike agile, but the slack-ish head tube means the RIP 9 RDO also revels in attempts to flatten everything in its path--or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. Depending on the fork and wheels you pair it with, the Rip 9's front end can hit as low as 66. 5 degrees. Its longer top tube pairs well with a short stem and wide bar to keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those short stays to navigate stretches of especially technical terrain. There's obviously oodles of new radness with the RIP 9 RDO, but two things remain pleasantly unchanged: The Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspens...
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Niner RKT 9 RDO 3-Star XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO 3-Star XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
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 - 2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
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 - 2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
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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Pivot Mach 4 Carbon XT/XTR Pro DT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Pivot Mach 4 Carbon XT/XTR Pro DT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Blurring the line between lightning-fast XC rocket and nimble trail bike, the Pivot Mach 4 Carbon XT/XTR Pro DT Complete Mountain Bike is unlike anything else we've feasted our eyes on in the lightweight XC category. Tipping the scales at a svelte 5. 1 pounds (size medium), the Mach 4 Carbon is the lightest full-suspension frame ever produced by Pivot. This equates to blistering acceleration the minute you step on the gas, as well as an extremely flickable feel around tight corners, which is further aided by its incredibly short 16. 85-inch chainstays. Reading about its lightweight figures, you'd be inclined to think of the Mach 4 Carbon as a purebred XC machine bred exclusively for competitive racing. And though it's sure to help you climb the rankings of your local race series, the Mach 4 Carbon is surprisingly confident and composed across technical sections of trail usually reserved for longer-travel bikes. Looking at its geometry, you'll note the 67. 8-degree head tube angle (with provided 130mm fork) is a touch slacker than many XC bikes, yet decidedly steeper than its burlier trail brethren. Ultimately, this moderate geometry retains the goat-like climbing prowess you've come to love from XC bikes, but without being too steep for ripping steep descents. Responsible for its balance between XC efficiency and trail composure, the engineers at Pivot designed the Mach 4 Carbon with 115 millimeters of DW-Link travel, which is renowned for its anti-squat characteristics while pedaling and plush, bump-absorbing feel on rock-littered descents. This particular build comes with a FOX 34 Factory fork up front that packs 130 millimeters of travel for bump-gobbling compliance across the rough stuff. On the rear, you'll find the FOX Float DPS Kashima shock comes with two sag indicators for fine-tuning its use to either XC or trail settings. This is a great feature to have if you're constantly switching between a race and trail riding set-up. Seeing it's made to be lig...
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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Pro X01 Eagle Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Pro X01 Eagle Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Building on the legacy of Pivot's iconic Mach 5. 7 Carbon, the Mach 5. 5 Carbon Pro X01 Eagle Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike pushes the design envelope with progressive geometry that's longer, slacker, and lower than ever. It handles everything the trail throws your way, from chunky, rock-littered climbs to blistering descents with square-edge hits, sudden drops, and rock rolls just begging for action. Pivot places it firmly into the trail category, with a secondary focus on all-mountain exploration. To be blunt, we just call it "damn capable" and "stupid fun," making it a worthy rig for the aggressive rider demanding their bike to climb like a goat and descend with unflappable composure. The Mach 5. 5 Carbon retains the sought-after benefits of the DW-Link suspension platform, 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, 5. 5 inches of rear travel gobbles up loose rocks and smooths out square-edges at high speeds. It's all party up front, with 6 inches of travel providing the confidence to rally across anything in sight, including sections usually reserved for longer-travel rigs. This 20-millimeter disparity between front and rear travel gives you a bit more efficiency for pedaling, but with extra plushness up front for cleaning notoriously technical sections of trail. Seeing the industry is constantly evolving, it makes perfect sense to see the Mach 5. 5 Carbon with a slacker, longer, and lower geometry for riders seeking a progressive trail bike that stays glued to the trail and retains stability at high speeds. The 66. 5-degree head tube angle offers composure on high-speed descents, without being overly slack or wandering excessively on sustained climbs with steep, punchy sections. Just a tick shorter in the front than the notoriously long and slack Firebird, the Mach 5. 5 Carbon's long top tube gives you ample cockpit room, which is especia...
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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Team XTR 1X Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Team XTR 1X Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
Pushing the envelope with progressive geometry that's longer, slacker, and lower for increased composure at high speeds over aggressive terrain, the Mach 5. 5 Carbon Team XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike represents a new-school reincarnation of Pivot's legendary Mach 5. 7 Carbon. Its reinvigorated design handles anything the trail throws your way, from chunky, rock-strewn climbs to blistering descents with square-edge hits, steep rock rolls, and root-latticed singletrack just begging for action. Pivot places it firmly into the trail category, with a secondary focus on all-mountain exploration. To be frank, we just call it "damn capable" and "stupid fun," making it a worthy rig for aggressive riders demanding their bike climb like a goat and descend with remarkable composure across the rough stuff. The Mach 5. 5 Carbon retains the sought-after attributes of the DW-Link suspension platform, namely the ability to claw up the steepest, chunkiest climbs and soak up square-edge hits with unbelievable composure on the way down. Once you've reached the summit after a lengthy climb, 5. 5 inches of rear travel gobbles up loose rocks and smooths out successive square-edge hits when you're bombing downhill at high speeds. It's all party up front, with 6 inches of travel instilling confidence for rallying over rough sections littered with boulders, loose rocks, and speed-impeding root sections. This 20-millimeter disparity between front and rear travel gives you a bit more efficiency for pedaling, but with extra plushness up front for cleaning notoriously technical stretches of trail. Realizing the industry is ever-shifting, it makes perfect sense to see the Mach 5. 5 Carbon with a slacker, longer, and lower geometry for riders seeking unflappable composure at high speeds. The 66. 5-degree head tube angle offers stability on descents, without being overly slack or wandering excessively on sustained climbs with steep, punchy sections. Just a tick shorter in the front than the n...
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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
With the explosion of plus-size tires on the market, it was only a matter of time before the boundary-pushing designers at Pivot designed their very own trail machine with voluminous rubber for steamrolling every line in sight. For 2017, Pivot takes the plus-sized tires and BOOST axle standards to entirely new realms with the Switchblade Carbon 27. 5+ Pro XO1 Complete Mountain Bike. This beastly bike blurs the line between trail weapon and all-mountain destroyer with its 135 millimeters of rock-gobbling DW-Link suspension mated to a long, slacked-out front end for high-speed composure down steeps and rowdy sections of trail. The longer 150-millimeter fork also lends a bit more margin for error when you've bitten off a bit more than you can chew, in terms of line choice and descending speed. Not content with merely rocking the BOOST standards now ubiquitous with plus-sized rigs and aggressive 29ers, Pivot invented their own Super BOOST Plus 157 axle for the rear end. This new axle standard adds an additional 9 millimeters of room to the rear axle, which results in 12 millimeters of additional tire clearance. Essentially, it combines a DH chainline with a typical 5-inch bike's Q-factor and heel clearance. The introduction of a gravity-sized rear axle has serious implications for an aggressive all-mountain rig, and these implications travel far beyond the dramatic increase in wheel stiffness afforded by its spoke bracing angle. The biggest effect of the Super Boost rear hub is that the Switchblade enjoys the clearance to run traditional 29-inch hoops, or in this case, add an additional element of bump compliance and traction with 27. 5+ wheels and tires. Either way, the extra-wide spacing allows Pivot to go freaky-short with chainstay lengths on the Switchblade, chopping them down to an astonishing 16. 85 inches by moving the rear wheel up towards the seat tube. That's a dimension that embarrasses bikes with standard BOOST rear axles, and it pairs well with a Phoe...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Alloy Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Alloy Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
If you've been dreaming of a versatile trail bike that goes beyond its classification in capability, style, and overall radness but have been stopped in your tracks by the carbon 5010's steep entry price tag, 2017 looks to be a breakout year for your time on the bike. For 2017, Santa Cruz unveils its 5010 2. 0 Alloy Mountain Bike Frame, which features the same geometry as its carbon twin and brings the 5010's 2. 0 geometry updates into a more affordable reality. In comparison to the previous 5010 geometry, the 2. 0 updates touch on almost every important dimension of the frame. 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 sled. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former gaining an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that the previous 5010 would balk at. While the 5010 2. 0's front end and bottom bracket recline, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits 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. On steep descents, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when gravity dictates your speed. 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 the pedals and more nimble dexterity when gnarly terrain turns the tables. The frame's rear trian...
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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 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
2016's 2. 0 revamp saw some big changes for the 5010, and Santa Cruz is happy to continue with that lauded 2. 0 geometry in the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike. Building on its much-loved heritage, this 5010 shows up to the party longer, lower, and slacker than the 1. 0 version for a more aggressive position that just begs to carry more speed over big, technical lines.On the component side of things, SRAM's new X01 Eagle drivetrain breaks free of traditional industry norms with its revolutionary 12-speed cassette. Essentially, Eagle lets you have the standard 10-42 11-cog cassette you've grown to love in your old one-by 11-speed drivetrain and tacks on a massive 50-tooth bailout cog that'll save your legs on steep, grindy climbs that normally would have you praying for extra gears to apparate out of the sky. Add in a dropper post, SRAM hydraulic brakes, 130mm of front and rear travel, and you have a fast, responsive bike ready for almost any terrain.The 5010 2. 0's geometry represents a departure from the original 5010, which Santa Cruz 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 things off with a short stem helps preserve steering while taking advantage of that slack aggression.The rear triangle tightens up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility with a steeper, longer, and wider seat tube, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grinding over the crux of a climb or crushing speed on singletrack, the steeper angle nets a more ef...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Our office isn't one to throw the phrase "dream build" around lightly, and while the 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike stops just short of the top-tier, top-dollar, gold-encrusted unicorn status it might achieve with XX1 Eagle, this build lands firmly in glittery cloud territory. Kitted out with SRAM's groundbreaking X01 Eagle one-by 12-speed drivetrain, powerful Guide RSC hydraulic disc brakes, a dropper post, and drool-worthy ENVE M60 Forty carbon fiber hoops, this 5010 carries over the changes we saw with the mid-2016 2. 0 geometry launch to rock steeper runs and bigger lines with gleeful abandon. The 2. 0 redesign encompasses virtually every important aspect of frame geometry. The biggest change is to the head tube, which drops one pip on the protractor 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 sled. 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 has 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 torquing 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, r...
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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 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Though it's got a made-for-abuse NX and Aeffect drivetrain, Santa Cruz's 5010 2. 0 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike's real story is the completely overhauled geometry and extra 5mm of travel. The changes distinguishing the 5010 2. 0 from the previous 5010 model translate to a longer, lower, and slacker geometry combined with a more aggressive pedaling posture. The bike exhibits better handling and more speed over everything from root-latticed descents to rocky cruxes and any amount of XC hardpack in between. If the drivetrain is spec'd to absorb trail racing abuse, then the new frame is built to dish it out. The big geometry changes accounting for the 2. 0 series are in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Bronson model. As you can imagine, the change is a drastic one, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a "trail" bike is equipped to handle. The steepened seat tube is equally drastic, though in a different way, since it puts the rider's hips closer to the bottom bracket and makes it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke while climbing or burning worms across fast flats. The 5010 2. 0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations mean that itpedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider range of saddle up/saddle down dropper goodness for aggressively tackling grades in both directions. The VPP suspension also got hit by the redesign hammer. In addition to an extra 5mm of travel, the new VPP's two, counter-rotating links both sit higher in the chassis. The tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either side of the sag point. The results are that, during th...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz Bicycles' 5010 has long been a favorite an all-mountain favorite, bridging the gap between enduro and trail with a versatility not often found in the wild. For 2017, the 5010 2. 0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike carries 2016's celebrated updates into a new year with new, typically imaginative colorways and kit. This particular build gets a double chainring and Shimano's workhorse SLX componentry--itself the beneficiary of a recent re-working--for a wide range of precise gearing. 2016's 2. 0 updates touch on almost every important aspect of frame geometry. The biggest change is to the head tube, which drops one degree from 68 to 67. 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 recline, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits 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. On steep descents, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when gravity dictates your speed and unruly trail furniture impedes you. 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 increased power transfer when dropping watts into the pedals and nimbler dexte...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz's mid-2016 revamp of its much-loved 5010 saw it come back longer, lower, and slacker than its 1. 0 predecessor for confident handling on bigger lines than you thought possible. The 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2. 0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike sees those updates extended into this model year with an outfit of SRAM GX componentry, hydraulic brakes, and 130mm of smooth front and rear travel to carry big speed through gnarly terrain.The redesign that unveiled the 5010 2. 0 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 things off with a short stem helps preserve steering while taking advantage of that slack aggression.The rear triangle tightens up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility with a steeper, longer, and wider seat tube, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grinding over the crux of a climb or crushing 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, giving more freedom for saddle height on descents. While climbing, stubbier chainstays contribute to transferring power more efficiently, and Boost axle spacing maintains a stiffer wheelset.The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) also got hit by the redesign hammer. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping at either end of the travel arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trail and ro...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
For 2017, Santa Cruz brings its eye-catching colorways and lauded design to the masses with the 5010 2. 0 D Complete Mountain Bike. Made from aluminum, this 5010 features the same 2. 0 geometry that graces its more expensive carbon counterparts' frames, so it defies easy classification as a "trail" bike with capabilities that push into all-mountain territory. This particular build drops at a price well below what just a 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC frameset will set you back and gets dressed up with SRAM's reliable NX one-by drivetrain, Level hydraulic brakes, and WTB STP i23 TCS wheels to revitalize your trail experience without breaking the bank. In comparison to the 5010 1. 0 geometry, 2016's 2. 0 updates touch on almost 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 sled. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former gaining an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that the previous 5010 would balk at. While the 5010 2. 0's front end and bottom bracket recline, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits 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. On steep descents, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when gravity dictates your speed. The 5010 2. 0's chainstays are stubbier, reduced from the previous 5010's already impressive 17. 12in to an even stiffer, more agi...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Seeing how the mountain bike industry is constantly evolving with new technologies pushing costs into budget-busting realms, it's refreshing that Santa Cruz is offering their flagship trail bike at an attractive price that leaves room for trips to your favorite riding locales. Offering affordability without sacrificing its spirited riding persona, the Santa Cruz 5010 2. 0 R1 Complete Mountain Bike provides a responsive pedaling platform with 130 millimeters of VPP suspension paired with a tried-and-true aluminum frame that keeps costs from soaring to stratospheric levels. The aluminum frame's geometry remains the same as its pricier carbon siblings, giving you a longer reach and short stem combo for 2017, whereas the older models were a bit shorter along the top tube. This lengthened front end not only keeps you comfortable with a roomier cockpit, but it also inspires confidence on steep descents by keeping weight over the back wheel. Another significant geometry figure is the 5010 2. 0's 67-degree head tube angle, which drops a full degree from its previous model year to inspire confidence on steeper downhill sections where the previous bike was a bit unnerving. Other notable geometry figures are its snappy-short 16. 7-inch chainstays and low-slung 13. 1-inch bottom bracket, both of which contribute to its nimble handling and lively persona when you're railing corners and negotiating tight sections of trail. Looking to the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll find it gets a subtle redesign for 2017, with the lower links neatly tucked above the bottom bracket to prevent damage from flinging rocks and trail debris. The upper links are now connected with a stiffer box-section upper link that's inspired by the Nomad's linkages. Another subtle upgrade, the 5010's rear travel grows to 130 millimeters over the previous version's 125 millimeters of travel. This reconfigured VPP suspension keeps it riding higher than the previous iteration, giving you a bit more small-bump co...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 R2 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
When confronted with the necessity of renaming its new trail bike, Santa Cruz Bicycles opted for the NumLock equivalent of the name it had originally chosen, converting "Solo" to "5010." But given the 5010 2. 0 R2 Complete Mountain Bike's virtually limitless capabilities, SC could just as easily have named it the all-mountain-enduro-trail-machine-bot-XC. Of death. We're glad they didn't, though, because that would be... well, it'd be silly. And with a build kit comprising Shimano's newly reworked SLX M7000 drivetrain and SRAM brakes, the only room for silliness here is the comical abandon with which the 5010 2. 0 can clean climbs and drop-in. Despite the shared model name, 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, giving more freedom for saddle height on descents. While climbing, stubbier chainstays contribute to transferring power more efficiently, and Boo...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz has long held court in the top tier of off-road bike builds, with dream kits abounding and a price tag that starts well outside the limits of most of our bank accounts. 2017 is bringing about some welcome changes with the new aluminum 5010 2. 0 S Complete Mountain Bike. Boasting the same renowned geometry as its higher-priced carbon siblings, the aluminum 5010 brings Santa Cruz prestige, functionality, and eye-catching aesthetics to a much more attainable price point. Kitted out with SRAM's workhorse GX one-by drivetrain, powerful Guide R hydraulic brakes, a dropper post, and WTB STP i23 TCS hoops, this bike boasts versatile capability that pushes the boundaries of its trail bike classification. In comparison to the previous 5010, the 2. 0 updates touch on almost 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 sled. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former gaining an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that the previous 5010 would balk at. While the 5010 2. 0's front end and bottom bracket recline, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits 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. On steep descents, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when gravity dictates your speed. The 5010 2. 0's chainstays are stubbier, reduced from the previous 501...
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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 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 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
2016's 2. 0 reboot saw the Bronson get a slacker head tube angle, longer chassis measurement, and a more power-oriented seat tube tilt, which all contribute to make Santa Cruz's do-it-all rig even more competent across a huge range of terrain and gradients. For 2017, the Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike brings back all those changes for another year of trail shredding fun and gets kitted out with a complement of SRAM's groundbreaking X01 Eagle drivetrain, a dropper post, and Race Face ARC 27 hoops. Of the build kit, the new 12-speed Eagle drivetrain is the clear highlight; however, Santa Cruz's 2. 0 geometry changes remains the star of the bike as a whole. Of those 2. 0 updates, arguably the most impressive alteration 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 pa...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Santa Cruz's 2017 Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike pairs top-tier CC carbon construction with Shimano's XT double drivetrain and boasts the slacker, longer, and effortlessly versatile geometry updates first seen with 2016's 2. 0 release. Of those updates, arguably the most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all-mountain pedigree is the head tube, which slacks out from 67 to 66 degrees. This change is complemented by an increase in top tube length, a lower bottom bracket, and a raised lower link, which all combine to allow for strike-free, point-and-click confidence while traversing lines and dropping steps that would make even the previous Bronson hesitate. Compared to the 1. 0 version, the Bronson 2. 0's seat tube also changed, getting 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 Bronson 2. 0 also has the latest VPP suspension system represents the latest update to Santa Cruz's classic VPP. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new VPP's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, the Bronson 2. 0 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction while climbing across lumpy trails and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. The ramp-up arc ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
After the frame, the most important element of a bike's build kit is the wheelset. Period. And no wheelset punctuates that point more effectively than the ENVE M60 Forty hoops on Santa Cruz Bicycles' Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike. The rest of the kit's not too shabby, either, with Shimano's updated XT M8000 drivetrain enjoying a great deal of trickledown from the line-topping XTR label. Build kit aside, though, we stand by the assertion that a bike's most important element is the frame, and Santa Cruz's Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC has a host of benefits recommending it as the king of Mt. Enduro. In 2016, the frame's geometry was hit with the update hammer just as hard as Shimano hit XT, and the 2017 model returns with those changes intact. The 2. 0's most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all-mountain geometry 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. Conversely, the Bronson 2. 0's seat tube gets steeper by almost a full degree in order to better position the engine (read: your hips) up over the Race Face 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 further stiffened with the new 12 x 148mm 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...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Continuously refined for all-mountain mastery, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson 2. 0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain bike competently charges down technical trails with menacing rocks and no-fall lines. However, instead of being relegated to lift-accessed downhills and shuttle runs like many of its longer-travel brethren, the Bronson easily powers itself up steep hillsides with a well-balanced geometry taking cues from the Nomad. Realizing this, it's really no surprise to see the Bronson 2. 0 excelling at enduro events where downhill confidence is of utmost importance, yet uphill efficiency is certainly meaningful. This particular version sports Santa Cruz's C-level carbon for an exceptionally stiff bike with snappy acceleration and efficient climbing prowess. The 2017 Bronson 2. 0 retains a 66 degree head tube angle, roomy cockpit, and short chainstays for conquering descents and railing around berms. 150mm of VPP3 suspension soaks up the biggest, baddest hits without wallowing under acceleration needed for quick uphill bursts and out-of-saddle sprints. The 74-degree seat tube angle lends a well-balanced feel for long climbs by efficiently placing power to the pedals. New for 2017, the addition of a 110mm Boost thru-axle reinforces the front wheel for improved tracking across rock gardens and root-latticed singletrack. The big story with the Bronson 2. 0 is the revised VPP3 suspension, which features a stiffer box-section upper link and cleanly tucked away lower link that prevents damaging rock strikes. This revised suspension platform benefits from increased small-bump sensitivity for better traction over roots and rocks. Mid-stroke progressiveness is enhanced, preventing you from unnecessarily blowing through travel. And to ensure longevity, double-sealed pivots prevent dirt and trail debris from compromising the suspension. This well-equipped R1 kit includes reliable components that keep you riding confidently with minimal hassle. Overhauling the front fork, Santa ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Pushing the design envelope with a more aggressive stance, the Santa Cruz Bronson 2. 0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike offers unflappable confidence when you're rallying across technical trails in a blur of gravity-assisted speed. Revised with an updated geometry and 150mm of VPP3 suspension, the Bronson 2. 0 follows a progressive trajectory towards slacker head tube angles, lower bottom brackets, longer top tubes, and stiffer rear ends. More relaxed than ever, the head tube angle slackens to 66 degrees for high-speed composure. The longer top tube/shorter stem combo equates to stability on descents and a roomier cockpit, with shorter chainstays for quicker handling. Dropping the bike for a low-slung feel, the lowered bottom bracket is immediately noticeable when you're negotiating turns at speed. Add in a 148mm Boost thru-axle at the rear for uncompromising stiffness when you're holding a line through dicey rock gardens and accelerating out of corners. The Bronson 2. 0 retains 150mm of travel for a well-balanced feel that's ready to attack widely varying terrain--from rolling singletrack in the foothills to slabby desert plateaus, no dirt is safe. The big story is the revised VPP3 suspension, which features a stiffer box-section upper link and a cleanly hidden lower link that reduces the likelihood of damage from rock strikes. The revised suspension also benefits from increased small-bump sensitivity for extra traction across rocks and roots. Santa Cruz's C-level carbon frame provides burly stiffness and uncompromising durability for riders pushing their bikes to the absolute limit. In fact, it's every bit as stiff and strong as the top-flight CC-level carbon, albeit with a claimed weight penalty of around 280g. The payoff comes in the parts spec equipped on this S build. Instead of tossing all your hard-earned cash into the lightest possible carbon frame, you get a nice blend of components that complement the bike's aggressive nature. Up front, the 150mm Pik...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
From chunky, rock-strewn singletrack to gravel backroads and flowing cross-country loops, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 27. 5+ R1 upholds its adaptable namesake with versatility that's practically impossible to match in the realm of aluminum hardtails. Keeping up with the ever-evolving standards of modern trail bikes, the 2017 Chameleon sports a longer front end, low-slung bottom bracket of 12. 4 inches, snappy-short 16. 3-inch chainstays, and a relaxed 67. 5-degree head tube angle. These geometry figures equate to a well-balanced bike that's confident ripping steep descents, yet one that's always eager to climb back up to do it all again. Although the Chameleon has always been renowned for its adaptability to a wide variety of terrain, it's really outdone itself with the newest version boasting the ability to swap between 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels, courtesy of its interchangeable dropouts. These interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap out the gears for singlespeed use, should you desire a no-nonsense drivetrain that excels in topographically-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 build enjoys the bump-gobbling plushness and glue-like traction afforded by its 27. 5+ wheels with plus-sized tires. The spec'd 2. 8-inch tubeless tires allow you to drastically reduce pressure for smoother tracking across the rough stuff, as well as unrelenting grip when you're railing berms and riding on trails with loose, sandy soil. Because of its plus-sized tires, you'll find the Chameleon not only to be an excellent choice for trails with loose chunder and rock gardens, but also for lengthy bikepacking adventures where the added shock absorption equates to less fatigue. Seeing it boasts the highest spec'd R1 kit available on the Chameleon 27. 5+, we'd be amiss to not mention its excellent Fox Rhythm 120mm fork. The Rhythm 120 takes full advantage ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 27.5 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 27.5 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
If the squeaky wheel gets the grease, then the lack of a 2017 redesign for the Highball 27. 5 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame indicates Santa Cruz Bicycles couldn't find a single squeak to grease. A big part of this is that, in an industry replete with complicated suspension widgets, the Highball's hardtail rear triangle is a refreshingly simple mechanism: just add power and go. And with the peerless efficiency of SC's Carbon CC lay-up and the nimble dexterity of the mid-sized wheel standard, you'll be going very, very fast. 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-weight that makes any full-suspension bike look like a bloated downhill-only machine. 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. Finally, Santa Cruz's approach to the carbon lay-up process deserves a quick ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
Beginning in model year 2016, newly re-imagined suspension designs have been ushering wagon wheels into the all-mountain category, but there's still no substitute for the speed and agility of a steep-angled 29er. Santa Cruz Bicycles has done its own work on the 29er suspension front, but the Highball 29 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame remains a pure cross-country speed machine. Riding a hardtail means no squish and no weight penalty, so the bike is more efficient and easier to propel uphill. Santa Cruz's Carbon CC construction also maximizes weight loss and stiffness, further contributing to the worm-burning qualities that made us first fall in love with 29ers all those years ago. 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 ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Highball 29 D Complete Mountain Bike represents Santa Cruz's commitment to the kind of riding that first put mountain bikes on our radar: pure fun. The industry is awash with models that feature killer apps and microgram weight savings, but the Highball 29's D build eschews all of that pomp in favor of the hardnose circumstance of trail riding. It's built-up with names that have long dominated the discipline, and the bike's high-speed capabilities are informed by a geometry that, to quote Santa Cruz, is a "race bike [...] not a wheelie machine." This speed-centric mentality aligns neatly with our knobby-tire philosophy: riding is fun and riding fast is more fun. In order to accommodate its wagon 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 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 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 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
While your friends unwrap their shiny new, full-squish, enduro sled tanks with plans to wantonly plow over obstacles, you're left wondering what happened to the days of snappy acceleration, artful handling skills, and a lightweight ride that just flies on the climbs and flats. The 2017 Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 27. 5 S Complete Mountain Bike is that ride, with an aggressive stance that'll see you leaving the big-travel tanks sniffling in the dust on all but the burliest terrain. The S build gets dressed up with SRAM's GX one-by drivetrain, Level TL hydraulic disc brakes, and Race Face hoops to carve the trail with knife-like accuracy. The latest frame is the same defiant challenge to the slacked out all-mountain trend dominating most bike-related news feeds as of late, just with a new coat of paint to ring in a new model year. Santa Cruz uses a lower modulus carbon for the Highball Carbon C frame than it uses in the top-end Carbon CC models, so more material is required to achieve the same stiffness and durability. That small sacrifice in grams pays dividends with a much-reduced price tag. The whole frame is constructed as a single-piece 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 more efficiently channels pedal input so the Highball will jump like a rocket when you stomp on the pedals. The Highball uses a 27. 2mm seatpost to soften the ride just a touch. 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 cont...
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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 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
We'll admit that having full squish on certain trails is a blast, but on all but the gnarliest runs it's hard to beat the sprightly responsiveness, precise lines, and effortless speed of a hardtail like the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike. Breaking the tradition mold, the Highball takes an aggressive stance with an elongated top tube and stable wheelbase that lets it tackle terrain that would make other hardtails stop in their tracks. The S build is finished with SRAM's GX one-by drivetrain, Level TL hydraulic disc brakes, and Race Face hoops to deftly conquer the trail. Despite a new paint job, the latest frame is still the same rebellious answer to the super cushy, slacked out enduro trend dominating the industry news feeds as of late. Santa Cruz uses a lower modulus carbon for the 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 additional grams also come with a big decrease in cost. The whole frame is also 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 reinforcing vulnerable joints, dissipating the force from impacts, and more efficiently channels pedal input. 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 pick through trail furniture and dance through berms, but it still shines brightest when cranking up the watts to full throttle. Toward that end, the 12 x 142mm rear axle keeps the rear triangle's stiffness on point to ensure that every possible watt goes straight into the trail, and the slimmed-down 27. 2mm seatpost helps allev...
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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 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 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+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon 27. 5+ S Complete Mountain Bike inherits the same long, low geometry and unique flip chip shock mount found in its more expensive Carbon CC sibling to bring rowdy versatility at a less shocking price point. Boost axles bump up the stiffness, which means it climbs like a trail bike and blasts through all manner of terrain like an all-mountain shredder. That flip chip adds the versatility to be converted to run as a 29er with minimal impact to the geometry, but the combination of Boost axles, SRAM componentry, plush yet grippy 2. 8in tires, aggressively stubby chainstays, a long reach, and a decidedly slack head tube is a stellar combination that you may never be tempted to change.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 a piggyback shock and a bottle cage -- yet one more indication that the Hightower isn't just for XC hardpack or enduro shuttle loops. The Hightower's two triangles are joined by the latest generation of VPP suspension. SC refers to it in-house as VPP3, but it's essentially the same VPP we know and love with the Nomad-inspired updates mentioned above. A repositioned lower link now shelters ab...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Recent trends have seen the 29er platform break free of its cross country pidgeonhole and move confidently into all-mountain territory, adding all manner of burly terrain to its trail conquering resume. The 2017 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike leads that trend with inspiration from its big-travel cousins. Dressed up in SRAM componentry and powerful hydraulic brakes, the Hightower 29er boasts 135mm of responsive suspension and 140mm of plush front squish to smooth out the trail. The Hightower's 29er mode and a pair of chainstays that are 15mm shorter than the Tallboy LT mean it's faster over light terrain and rocky climbs than bikes like the Bronson; however, its 67-degree head tube angle, Boost axles, and third gen Virtual Pivot Point suspension all mean that it's just as capable of engaging that speed on enduro descents that would make the steep-angled Tallboy befoul its long-legged pants. Whether you're into taking the direct route over the crux or the big line when dropping in, the Hightower can handle it.Santa Cruz is so intent on proving the Hightower's outsized merit over rock gardens that it actually bypassed the Bronson and went straight to the 6. 5in Nomad for suspension inspiration. The result is that the link stays out of the way, which may be why the Hightower can accommodate a piggyback shock and a bottle cage -- yet one more indication that the Hightower isn't just for XC hardpack or enduro shuttle loops. Instead, it's designed to be the engine on the way up and the sled on the way down.In the end, the Hightower is still a Santa Cruz, so it features the same lauded construction process that's set the bar exceedingly high for how carbon should feel. The Hightower Carbon features a full carbon fiber frame boasting the same stiffness, durability, and strength as Santa Cruz's top-line Carbon CC frame. It's just made with a less costly carbon fiber that carries a tiny bit more weight and brings a big reduction in overall price....
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Some people may dismiss SRAM's GX one-by group as so much start line slop. Some may believe that anything under six inches of travel is an XC bike. Who are these people' Certainly not us. Or Santa Cruz. And it's obvious that the Hightower Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike doesn't care. It's a bike for people who ride, not people who read catalogues. Of course, those catalogue readers will be aware of the industry's recent forays into the world of low-travel 29ers that ride more like trail bikes. Those people will be surprised by the Hightower's ability to push that trend into the all-mountain world, adding rock gardens and heavily latticed root systems to the wagon wheel menu. The Hightower's mid-range 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 shorter than the Tallboy LT mean it's a helluva lot faster over light terrain and rocky climbs than bikes like the Bronson; however, its 67-degree head tube angle, Boost axles, and reworked Virtual Pivot Point suspension all mean that it's just as capable of engaging that speed on enduro descents that would make the steep-angled Tallboy befoul its long-legged pants. Whether you're into taking the direct route over the crux or the big line when dropping in, the Hightower can handle it. SC is so intent on proving the Hightower's outsized merit over rock gardens that it actually bypassed the Bronson and went straight to the 6. 5in Nomad for suspension inspiration. Th...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
We've got to hand it to Santa Cruz. Somehow, as the now-legendary California brand continuously alters its lineup, it manages to do so without the slightest hint of redundancy. Though every Santa Cruz bike excels on a colossal range of terrain, each new frame the brand creates sits confidently in its own individual niche. In the case of the Hightower, Santa Cruz filled a geometry void created when the Tallboy was redesigned, then added new tech that riders hadn't even realized they needed. The 2017 Hightower Carbon CC 27. 5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike arrives with all-mountain versatility that's enhanced by its ability to switch between a 27. 5+ or 29er geometry and the added advantage of SRAM's Eagle drivetrain. When carving out a space for the Hightower, Santa Cruz turned to the most versatile enduro steed in its stable. The Bronson's redefinition of the all-mountain/enduro category is the subject of trailhead bonding with strangers to this day, and Santa Cruz wanted to bring the same versatility to the Hightower's frame. On this Hightower's 27. 5+ platform, you'll enjoy a plusher, more stable ride than 29ers provide, so it's more approachable for beginners and more versatile for seasoned veterans. It also still has the same ravenous appetite as the Bronson for spiny rock gardens, rugged slickrock, and root-laced singletrack. If you want to switch to the firmer, faster feel of a 29er, you can; Santa Cruz's addition of a flip chip in the upper link now gives you the revolutionary choice to switch between wheel sizes without altering geometry. Santa Cruz's beloved VPP suspension connects the Hightower's two triangles, and the third generation of the revered suspension platform delivers the same responsive, glued-to-the-trail feel that's earned it such a devoted following. In yet another nod to enduro roots, Santa Cruz took inspiration from the Nomad when positioning the suspension, keeping the link out of the way so that the Hightower's frame can accommod...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Let's face it, there aren't a lot of riders that prefer loose, rock-strewn trails that consistently rob your speed with chunky impediments and soft spots. Alleviating this traction and speed-carrying problem, the Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC 27. 5+ XO1 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike is equipped with the voluminous support and plush shock-absorption afforded by 27. 5+ wheels. This plus-sized option is gaining momentum with riders encountering jarring rocks and loose soil on their local trails, as you can drastically lower tire pressure for a smooth, planted ride with gobs of traction. 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 slackened, confidence-inspiring geometry. This is a great feature if you're seeking a bit more versatility for enduro racing and trail riding alike. In its 27. 5+ form, the Hightower accommodates 2. 8-inch tires for ample traction and plushness across the rough stuff. We recommend sticking with this tire size, as larger 3. 0-inch rubber may present clearance issues with certain tire manufacturers. If the Hightower's ability to swap between wheel sizes gives you a taste of its versatility, then the bike's aggressively long, slackened geometry solidifies its status as a dreamy trail machine. It represents the evolution of Santa Cruz's earlier and much loved Tallboy LT, updated with greater stand-over clearance and shortened chainstays for snappier handling. Further consider its 150/135 millimeters of travel at the front and rear for one that's impressively capable on rowdy descents, yet never unwieldy when you're riding across tamer trail networks. Borrowing its suspension from the big-hit brawling Nomad, the Hightower uses the third generation of Santa Cruz's VPP suspension. It's referred to by Santa Cruz as VPP3, serving up increased mid-stroke support and greater traction at the top of its travel range. It features a re-po...
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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 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 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 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 Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
For several years now, the name Santa Cruz has been synonymous with the latest, sexiest tech trends in the enduro world. The 2017 Tallboy D Complete Mountain Bike demonstrates that the tech isn't just about six-inch bikes, though, importing SC's revolutionary flip chip to the full-suspension XC world. Santa Cruz has long touted the original Tallboy as its best seller, and it describes the bike as the ideal 29er: "fast and fun." The 2017 model is the third iteration of this platform, and SC equips it with a host of features imported from its all-mountain bikes. These include Boost axles, re-designed linkages, 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. 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; flipping the Hightower's chip 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 the wagon wheels and 120mm fork ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 R1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 R1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
2016 saw some well-received changes to Santa Cruz's much loved Tallboy, including a few geometry tweaks, an updated linkage, and the third generation of VPP suspension. We're happy to report that those updates are back for 2017 with some new colorways and build kits to boost your time on the trail. The 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 29 R1x Complete Mountain Bike harnesses the XC spirit of the original Tallboy and adds a bit of all-mountain flair to dig into bigger terrain with ease. Santa Cruz specs this particular build with SRAM's NX drivetrain, Level T hydraulic brakes, and smooth-spinning WTB wheels wrapped in versatile Maxxis tires. 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 from the previous model's 70. 2 degrees down to a trail-ready 68 degrees and shortened the chainstays by 13mm 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 and grinding through spiraling climbs. This complements a stable, confident front end that's prepared to charge through rock gardens and unpredictable descents alongside your enduro rig-driving cohort. Tallboy 3 also benefits from 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 results in slight changes to head tube angle, but on the Tallboy 3, you can ride either wheel size without adapting to any alterations to frame geometry. Whether you enjoy the plush, cushy ride of 27. 5+ or were an early and loyal supporter of bombproof 29er stability, you w...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
A glance through any glossy-covered cycling magazine might have you convinced that beefy all-mountain and enduro bikes are the only trend to watch this season, but diving into the details shows that it isn't just the super-slack, long and low sleds that are redefining expectations out on the trail. The 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike pushes past the edge of traditional XC distinctions with spacious geometry and versatility to revel in the rough and rocky just as much as buttery smooth singletrack loops. This particular build gets kitted up to hit the dirt with SRAM's workhorse GX 1x11 drivetrain, Level TL hydraulic brakes, a dropper post, and a set of silky Race Face AR24 hoops. In addition to all of that, the Tallboy also has a flip chip now, which toggles to maintain the same geometry whether you're running 29 or 27. 5in hoops. This isn't the same Tallboy we've been abusing since 2009, though--it was hit with the SC update hammer in 2016. Considering its revered status among 29er enthusiasts, the Tallboy's updates were a big deal, but before we get into the changes it's worth dwelling briefly on the flip chip included in this model. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Re-positioning 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 whethe...
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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 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
When it first arrived on the scene, many touted the original Tallboy as the perfect 29er, and two generations later, it continues to define what the wagon wheel platform can do. The 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike brings a series of updates and draws inspiration from enduro and trail bikes with its stiff Boost rear spacing, re-designed linkages, and Santa Cruz's flip chip that adjusts the frame dimension for consistent geometry whether you're rocking 29in wheels or going plush with 27. 5+. This Tallboy rounds out the build with SRAM's X01 Eagle drivetrain and Race Face ARC 24 wheels for a ride that's just as ready for epic weekend adventures as it is lining up with a number plate in anxious anticipation of a start command. Compared to the previous Tallboy, the new version 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 a 130 fork. 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. All told, the geometry tweaks add up to a chassis that's far more capable in virtually every trail situation than its predecessor. The Virtual Pivot Point travel also takes a turn for the crunchier, gaining an additional 10mm, which aligns the Tallboy perfectly with the emerging crop of 4. 5in, do-it-all trail 29ers. That's not to say it's just rolling off the press as a faceless frame in a sea of similar models, as the inclusion of Santa Cruz's Flip Chip means the Tallboy can also revel in loose conditions with 27. 5+. The Tallboy is essentially two frames: a race rocket 29er with a long, stable geometry and a plus-size barge for floaty traction on surfaces ranging from off...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Whereas the original Tallboy was a cross-country rocket that moonlighted as a competent trail rig, the newest version sports a lower, longer, and slackened geometry with a bit more travel for added confidence across rough trails and high-speed descents. Considering these modern design tweaks, the Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 Eagle ENVE Complete Mountain Bike is more trail-oriented than ever, yet it never strays far from its cross-country roots with 29-inch wheels carrying momentum with ease. Taking inspiration from Santa Cruz's burlier siblings of enduro and all-mountain lineage, the updated Tallboy slackens its head tube angle to a trail-worthy 68 degrees. This inspires confidence on rowdy sections of trail where purebred cross-country machines would normally feel twitchy and unnerving. The bottom bracket height is dropped to 13 inches for low-slung handling that keeps you glued to the trail. Another design overhaul is the lengthened reach, which creates a more comfortable cockpit, especially for riders with longer arms. Since the bike's front end is longer than before, the chainstays are reduced to 17 inches to retain the snappy cornering you've grown to love from the original Tallboy. Another unique feature with the newest Tallboy is the flip chip technology. This ingenious bit of engineering allows you to swap out the provided 29-inch wheels for the supple feel and greater traction of 27. 5+ wheels. This is a great feature for the dedicated cross-country racer seeking a bit more versatility for enjoying their local trail network. 27. 5+ wheels allow you to drop tire pressure significantly for plushness and grip across chunky rocks and loose dirt. If you choose to run the Tallboy in a 27. 5+ configuration, we recommend sticking with 2. 8-inch rubber, as certain manufacturer's 3-inch tires may present clearance issues. Seeing that geometry is only half of the story, you'll be pleased to know that the updated Tallboy employs the latest VPP suspension, ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
When it was first introduced, the 29er platform varied so greatly from the then-standard 26 that it was immediately pigeonholed as a hardtail, XC-only brute. Since then, it has continuously defied a series of limiting assumptions -- too ungainly, too heavy, unsuited for anything but very short travel -- before Santa Cruz Bicycles' made what we thought was the perfect 29er, the original Tallboy. The Tallboy has now undergone two transformations, and the new Tallboy Carbon CC 29 X01 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike adds a series of new wrinkles. These include a set of ENVE M60 Forty wheels, obviously, and 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 ...
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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 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC 29 XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike blurs the lines between aggressive XC whip and terrain-eating trail bike with its reinvigorated geometry that's slacker and more confident on aggressive terrain, yet still fast and efficient for XC racing. It's the go-to choice for Santa Cruz Factory Team Riders when they're racing across technical courses with thousands of feet of brutal climbing with incredibly steep, rocky descents, as backed by its first place finish at Downieville. We chalk this balanced feel 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 configuration, you'll find it absolutely steamrolls anything standing in your path by carrying momentum and increasing the 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 than ever when the going gets rough, 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 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 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 ...
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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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Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Fluoro is back and the 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike goes all-in with a nearly neon colorway that'll stand out as you zoom by riders weighed down by too much travel on the climbs. Mirroring the geometry and construction of the regular ASR Carbon, the ASR Beti Carbon takes advantage of technology trickling down from the top-tier, super-light Turq frames to bring race-worthy construction and high-end componentry into a price range that feels a little more attainable. The naming convention may couch the ASR Beti as a women's bike, but its lighter tune and slightly tweaked touchpoints make it a flashy and ideal choice for smaller statured riders of any sex looking for a cross-country bike that's ready to shred some serious terrain. It utilizes a single-pivot suspension system over the heftier Switch Infinity, which lowers weight and gives it nearly limitless acceleration potential on smooth, serpentine climbs without leaving you in a pickle on root lattices and brake-rutted descents. The exceptionally stiff high modulus carbon frame and swing arm complement the lightweight suspension platform, translating into uncompromising acceleration needed for tearing the competition to shreds. Despite its cross country designation, the ASR Beti doesn't shy away when grueling climbs flow into jarring descents. It shines across chunky terrain and white-knuckle descents that would have other cross-country bikes quaking in their thru-axles. 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 clear 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 won't chuck you over the bars like other cross-country bikes when the going gets steep, allowing you to c...
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Your friends told you that it was crazy to want an excitable cross-country chassis like Yeti Cycles' Beti ASRc Mountain Bike Frame over a line-bruising enduro beast. They swore you wouldn't be able to keep up anywhere but in your weekly XC race series, and that you'd be saving for a second bike before summer's end. You smirked and nodded at their advice as you sat sipping post-ride trailhead beers, realizing that what your well-meaning compatriots didn't know actually could hurt them. To prove your point, show up for next week's ride with the Beti ASRc and, well, leave them in the dirt. Part purebred racing beast and part hungry trail animal, the Beti ASRc is the ideal mutt. It blends the best qualities of each of its parents, pushing the plusses and minimizing the classic pitfalls and shortcomings of each breed. Typical XC frames falter when the trail turns chunky, while burlier trail/all-mountain frames tend to lose steam on climbs, but neither is the case for the Beti ASRc. Weighing just 4. 2lb, this feathery high-modulus carbon frame shaves weight with single-pivot suspension system, giving it nearly limitless acceleration potential on smooth, serpentine climbs without compromising on its ability to take on root lattices and brake-rutted descents. While riding lifts may not be what your ride crew expects of your new companion, the Beti ASRc's gravity-friendly 69-degree head tube angle orients you in an ideal position when you head for the resort. Surprise them, once again, as you sit back and blast your way through chubby rock gardens on four inches of suspension without sailing over the bars. In addition, Yeti shaped the extra-small and small sizes of the frame to accommodate 27. 5in wheels, giving shorter riders similar stability to a bigger 29er, with a nimbler feel and tighter stays that complement the smaller frame. If you're buying a medium or large, you'll gain the stability of 29in wheels, which are better suited to the geometry of the larger frame.
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Yeti Cycles ASR Beti SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2016 Yeti Cycles ASR Beti SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2016
In this brave new world of enduro excess, it's easy to shrug off four-inch travel bikes as limited XC machines for hardpack and locked forks only, but Yeti Cycles' ASR Beti SLX Complete Mountain Bike exposes that as a specious assumption. At best. Sure it's a got relatively low travel compared to bikes like the SB6, but the fact that it's a Yeti means the ASR Beti is never ready to call it a day until it's been to the ragged edge and back. The biggest difference between it and the SB4. 5 is that it's got a few millimeters less travel, a steeper head tube, and a single pivot suspension rather than the heftier Switch Infinity. This suits it for smaller riders who benefit from a lighter shock tune. It also suits it for the rider who wants to get to the top first and then skillfully dissect terrain that enduro sled bruisers would just roll through. If Yeti's Super Bike line comprises enduro hatchets, then the ASR is the surgeon's scalpel. That's not to say that the ASR Beti gets timid when grueling climbs let onto jarring descents littered with boulders, loose shale, and twisty roots. This is where other cross-country bikes would be begging for mercy, yet the ASR Beti shines across abusive terrain and white-knuckle descents. Big or bigger wheels (sizes small and below ship with 27. 5in wheels; sizes medium and larger ship as 29ers) steamroll anything lying in the bike's path, allowing you to ride over trail impediments with effortless composure. And because it's distinctly Yeti at heart, the frame proudly retains a gravity-friendly persona with a head tube ranging from 68 to 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 suspension where other riders are packing longer-travel bikes. As noted above, the ASR Beti eschews Yeti's applauded Switch Infinity for a significantly lighter single-pivot suspension....
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Yeti Cycles ASR Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Yeti Cycles' ASR Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is back for 2017 with a new tier designation that opens up the price range and accessibility to Yeti's lightweight XC-leaning rig. Benefitting from trickle-down technology alongside the top-tier Turq frames, this ASR brings race-ready construction and SRAM's industry-leading one-by 12-speed drivetrain into a slightly more affordable domain. While the standard ASR Carbon gains a few grams over its Turq counterpart, it still boasts top-notch construction that's more than ready to hit the race course. The main differences between the ASR and the burlier SB4. 5 are 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 plow through. If Yeti's Super Bike line is made of enduro chainsaws, 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. 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 suspension where other riders are packing longer-travel bikes. The ASR eschews Yeti's applauded Switch Infinity in favor of a significantly lighter single-pivot su...
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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 ASR Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Some of us want a purebred XC rocket that prizes climbing speed over everything else, while others want a bit of enduro heritage and descending acumen in the ride. For the latter, Yeti Cycles offers its 2017 ASR Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. Carrying Yeti's new Turq designation, this ASR's frame represents the company's most advanced construction and boasts durable strength where you need it and light weight throughout. Outfitted with SRAM's superlative one-by 12-speed X01 Eagle drivetrain for light, precise, and confident gear shifts, this ASR is ready to rocket off the line. The biggest differences between the ASR and the SB4. 5 are 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 plow through. If Yeti's Super Bike line is made of enduro chainsaws, 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 boulders, 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. 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 suspension where other riders are packing longer-travel bikes. The ASR eschews Yeti's applauded Switch Infinity in favor of a signific...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
This year, Yeti Cycles joins the crowd of companies offering multiple frame tiers to open up a wider range of pricing for those of us who can't imagine dropping close to five figures on a bicycle. As such, the 2017 SB4. 5 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike benefits from trickle-down technology to bring a fast, race ready frame with top-tier components into slightly more attainable territory. The carbon construction is still top notch, and is a shining example of just how advanced carbon construction methods have become. It's just a little bit heavier than the high-grade Turq model, which drops the price considerably for the sacrifice of 300 claimed grams of added weight, which, in real world terms, is roughly equivalent to a small mug of hot cocoa. Yeti 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 grindy, and the inclusion of a Boost 148mm rear axle and the surprisingly climb-happy X01 Eagle drivetrain is certainly 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 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 70-71 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 harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. Of course, most r...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
Yeti Cycles is well known for its big hit, big travel enduro sleds, so it should be no surprise that its shorter travel bikes bring a bit of that heritage along for the ride. The 2017 SB4. 5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame blends a focus on XC speed with geometry that pushes its capabilities into much larger terrain. This particular frame also carries the new Turq designation, which provides strength where you need it, and lightness where you don't. For the SB4. 5 Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk and claimed to reduce weight by 300g compared to the regular version. Yeti claims 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 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 70-71 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 harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. Of course, most riders will never experience that dead spot on the Switch Link, but the SB4. 5 isn't for most riders. It's for the all-mountain racer who demands that th...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
If you're looking for a whip-fast bike that can handle some bigger terrain on occasion, look no further than the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB4. 5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. It blends XC speed with geometry to handle the bigger stuff, and now carries Yeti's new Turq designation for an even lighter footprint than its predecessor. Turq manifests as 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 light weight where you don't. In the end, Yeti claims that Turq construction nets a savings of 300g compared to the regular SB4. 5 Carbon--a stat that lends the SB4. 5 Turq more climbing pedigree and complements the bike's surprisingly climb-happy 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 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 harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. Of course, most riders didn't experience that dead spot on the ...
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Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB4.5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Aggressively sculpted and striking in aesthetic form, the Yeti SB4. 5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is certainly one of the most alluring mountain bikes we've feasted our eyes upon. Yet, we'd be amiss to purely focus on its beautiful lines, which turn your attention away from its dazzling trail chops and genre-blurring versatility. Further consider its stunningly light Turq carbon frame, which makes it all too easy to forget just how trail capable the SB4. 5 is--and that's before you factor in the truly exceptional XX1 build kit. The SB4. 5 enjoys the steam-rolling benefits of 29-inch wheels, which make easy work of getting up and over trail impediments, such as loose rocks and gnarled roots. However, you'd be mistaken to think of the SB4. 5 as some lumbering 29er, as Yeti dialed it with the flickable precision of 17. 2-inch chainstays paired with a low-slung 13. 1-inch bottom bracket. These numbers mean that despite its bigger wheels, it never feels unwieldy or like too much bike, even when you're slaloming around corners and dodging trail obstacles. Paired with "only" 4. 5-inches of smooth Switch Infinity suspension, your first impression would be to categorize the SB 4. 5 as a big-wheeled XC machine. However, you'd be dead wrong. Its aggressively long front end with 5. 5-inches of travel and 67. 4-degree head tube angle fall squarely into the trail category. By relaxing the front end, it's more than eager to eat up jarring stretches of rocky terrain and conquer descents normally reserved for bikes packing another inch or so of rear travel. Despite all this, it's still efficient at pedaling and surprisingly nimble, making it one of the most versatile bikes in the shorter-travel 29er category. Packing Yeti's famed Switch Infinity Suspension, the SB4. 5 lends itself to adventurous rides with its efficient pedaling platform, yet it's never abusive when the trail turns rugged or plunges downhill. Yeti achieves this balance through a patented translating p...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Beti Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Yeti Cycles SB5 Beti Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
Whether you've reached the logical conclusion of what your single-pivot bike can handle or stubbornly refuse to let your old trail frame retire, look to the Yeti SB5 Beti Carbon Mountain Bike Frame to answer your long list of demands for a new trail companion. Four years of tinkering, tweaking, and small changes have added up, resulting in a seriously impressive enduro-minded trail frame. With Switch Infinity suspension's efficiency on your side, take the Beti SB5 onto classic desert slickrock, cleaning burly drops and big hits with prowess, then return home and dance along your favorite tacky singletrack with speed and precision. Then do it all again the next day. The only differences you'll see between the Beti and its male counterpart are lower standover height and a different colorway; Yeti knows better than to shrink-and-pink its hard-charging SB5 line, and instead strategically adapts it to smaller riders without compromising trail functionality. Lighter than most trail frames, the five pound, high-modulus carbon fiber SB5 Beti comes with an eager attitude and nearly limitless potential to accelerate up climbs. With thoughtful tube forming, a tapered head tube, and a 142mm rear thru-axle, claiming that it tracks true through rough terrain would be something of an understatement. Bikes like the SB6 may get more attention from the glossies, but for those of us who get our news straight from the trail itself, the SB5 is a proven all-mountain competitor that doesn't compromise on any terrain or gradient. In terms of suspension, Switch Infinity's linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs and relentless small bumps. Deep in the stroke, the Switch Infinity slider works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. It also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolut...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016
Striking the sweet spot between trail efficiency and all-mountain bad-assery, the 2016 Yeti SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame uses a Switch Infinity suspension platform for speed junkies desiring to clean the steepest, chunkiest climbs and blast down like a bonafide rocketship. Five inches of rear travel (127mm) is handled by a Fox Float Factory DPS Shock, which gives riders the ability to choose between Open, Medium, and Firm settings on-the-fly as well as additional sub-settings of low-speed compression adjustment in Open mode. Developed in conjunction with the suspension wizards at Fox, Switch Infinity is the result of Yeti's engineers desiring a firm pedaling platform with distinctive anti-squat characteristics and an almost bottomless feel across big, square-edged hits. This is achieved through a patented translating pivot that switches its direction as the bike progresses through its travel, hence its Switch Infinity namesake. Ultimately, this innovative suspension lends the SB5 Carbon the pedaling efficiency desired for unrelenting climbs, yet it feels unflappable and poised dissecting formidable downhill stretches usually reserved for six-inch travel bikes. The SB5 Carbon represents the evolution of Yeti's proven carbon fiber chassis, weighing just a tick over five pounds with shock (depending on size), placing it on the lighter end of the trail bike spectrum. The SB5 Carbon's lightweight yet incredibly strong high-modulus carbon translates into uncompromising acceleration for cleaning technical uphills and bursting out of corners. Custom chain and rock guard protectors keep flying debris and chunky rocks at bay during rowdy descents. Stealth dropper routing cleans up its overall aesthetic.
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Plus Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Plus Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Sitting at the confluence of the nimble XC world and burly enduro sledding hill, the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is a responsive trail bike that defies its category to push the boundaries on fun. Its geometry closely mirrors the standard SB5, with slight tweaks to embrace up to three-inch tires for smooth, stable traction across loose terrain while SRAM's groundbreaking 12-speed X01 Eagle drivetrain lets you fly to the day's finish line. Of particular note is the SB5+'s elevated chainstays, which curve upward from the shock and create a sharply pointed triangle that increases stiffness and opens up tire clearance. This curved design keeps the chainstays at a svelte 17. 2in for snappy, confident handling when whipping through switchbacks and rocketing over dusty trails. Furthering this bike's handling prowess, Boost rear spacing allows for those stubby, quick-thinking chainstays that take successive bumps in stride while finessing a tough line. Up front, the 67. 1-degree head tube can't wait to dive into steep, loose rock gardens that leave little room for indecision. It's also tapered and, which stiffens the front end and helps the bike track lines like a grizzled barn cat after a farmyard varmint. This frameset is Yeti's standard carbon model, which uses a slightly lower grade carbon than the top-tier Turq frame. This requires a bit more material to meet the same rigorous standards for strength and rigidity as the Turq, but also comes at a more attainable price point. For most of us, a claimed 250g extra is a miniscule trade off if it means putting an SB5+ within our budget. Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension is the lynchpin of the SB5+'s versatile capability. Its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs, and it also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. Riding with the shock open won't condemn ...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
For 2017, Yeti's SB5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame channels its trail heritage and expands its versatility with a longer, slacker profile that adds an infusion of all-mountain sass to rip bigger lines and push the limits of your capabilities. Carrying Yeti's new Turq designation, this frame represents the most advanced construction the company can create to provide strength where you need it and reduce weight where you don't. For the SB5 Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk for a claimed weight reduction of 350g compared to the regular version. Yeti's carbon fiber ethos maintains a focus on increased efficiency and decreased weight while dialing the geometry. For the SB5, this manifests as a slightly slacker head tube, dropping from last year's 66. 8 degrees down to a 66. 5-degree angle, 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 a the catalyst behind the SB5'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 tho...
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Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Eleven speed is so last year, and you're finally flipping the switch on a new trail bike now that 12-speed is mainstream. That wait brought about more good things than just an extra gear with the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike, as the flagship trail bike gets updated with a dose of all-mountain attitude. This SB5 also gets the new Turq designation, calling attention to the most advanced construction Yeti is able to create. Turq means strength where it's needed and less weight where it isn't courtesy of a more precise carbon layup that's carefully molded to reinforce key stress points without adding bulk. This weight savings plays to the tune of a claimed reduction of 350g compared to the regular SB5 Carbon. The geometry changes for this year's SB5 manifest as a slightly slacker head tube, dropping from last year's 66. 8 degrees down to a 66. 5-degree angle, 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 stiff, stubby rear triangle that keep handling responsive and snappy as you deftly navigate tricky root systems and washed out trails. The seat tube is also steeper, which keeps you on top of the pedal stroke. The Switch Infinity suspension system is the figurative backbone of the SB5'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 ...
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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 XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Anyone who's spent time on a bike built around Yeti's Switch suspension family knows that it has always excelled on the climbs. With the introduction of plus-sized tires on the SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike, that climbing is only improved. The overall effect keeps pedaling floaty and weightless, adjectives we wouldn't typically attach to a bike with such capably deep travel. But that apparent incongruity has long been a hallmark of Yeti's Switch designs, and the SB5+ carries the torch into the brave new world of Boost hub spacing and plus-sized tires. The bike is kitted with a blend of Shimano components that privilege function over bling, and though it does climb well, a dropper post and plush, 2. 8in tires make its enduro intentions clear. The SB5+ owes its expanded tire clearance (which tops out at 3in) to its Boost rear axle spacing, which is matched with a suitably Boosted 34 Float fork. The gains in traction and cushion from running plus-sized tires are immediately noticeable both on climbs and root lattices and rock gardens. The SB5+ can definitely be pushed harder than its non-plus siblings, and we've found that it thrives in terrain typically reserved for six-inch bikes. The 67. 1-degree head tube contributes to that impression by straddling the line between slacked-out enduro and trail-bike moderation. It keeps things stable on the descents but doesn't wander off-line while climbing or during low-speed maneuvers. Despite the plus-sized tire clearance, Yeti manages to keep the stays at a reasonably stubby 17. 2in, contributing further to the bike's clean pedaling and ability to dice terrain that outmatches its impressively capable five inches of Switch Infinity travel. And this being a Yeti, that's where the bike really shines. Riding with the shock open won't condemn you to wallowing in squish when you have to transition quickly into a short climb on the other side of a long descent. Even when fully open, the bike still claws up anything w...
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Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
If you created a venn diagram outlining the domains of XC, trail, and enduro, you'd find the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq Mountain Bike Frame chilling in that tiny space where all three combine. Its geometry stays true to the SB5 standard, but it features a tweak here and there to embrace plus-sized tires for smooth, stable traction across loose, chunky terrain. The most notable difference is the SB5+'s elevated chainstays, which curve upward from the shock and create a sharply pointed triangle that, combined with the wide Boost hub spacing, opens up tire clearance while keeping the chainstays at a svelte 17. 2in. This makes for plush tires and snappy, responsive handling when whipping through switchbacks and rocketing over dusty trails. This frameset also carries the new Turq designation, which represents the most advanced frames Yeti can create at any given time. For the SB5+ Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup that reinforces key stress points without adding bulk. This process results in strength where you need it, and low weight where you don't, shedding almost 300 claimed grams compared to the regular version without compromising stiffness and structural integrity. The SB5+ Turq features a 67. 1-degree head tube angle that can't wait to bomb its way aggressively through steep rock gardens that leave little room for indecision. Out back, the short, snappy rear triangle tracks lines like a hound dog on a fox trail. Furthering this bike's handling prowess, Boost rear spacing allows for stubby, quick-thinking chainstays that take successive bumps in stride while finessing a tough line. Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension is the lynchpin of the SB5+'s versatile capability. Its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs, and it also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. Riding with the shock open won't condemn you to bot...
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Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
The 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike hits the sweet spot at the convergence of trail, cross-country, and enduro, blending speed and agility to fly over rolling climbs and dicey root lattices with five inches of plush travel and beefy plus-sized tires to handle burly drops and screaming descents. Yeti kits this build out with SRAM's next level, 12-speed X01 Eagle drivetrain, powerful Guide RS brakes, and smooth rolling DT Swiss wheels--not the brand's blingiest build kit but certainly more capable than anything we were riding as recently as three years ago. This bike's geometry closely mirrors its SB5 sibling with slight tweaks to embrace three-inch tires for smooth, stable traction across loose terrain. Of particular note is the SB5+'s elevated chainstays, which curve upward from the shock and create a sharply pointed triangle that increased stiffness and opens up tire clearance. This curved design keeps the chainstays at a svelte 17. 2in for snappy, confident handling when whipping through switchbacks and rocketing over dusty trails. The frameset carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which it says represents the most advanced frames it can create at any given time. For the SB5+ Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup, molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk. Yeti claims it reduces weight by almost 300g from the regular version. This process results in strength where you need it and weight reduction where you don't. The SB5+ Turq features a 67. 1-degree head tube angle that can't wait to bomb its way aggressively through steep, loose rock gardens that leave little room for indecision while the short, snappy rear triangle tracks lines like a hound dog after a fox trail. Furthering this bike's handling prowess, Boost rear spacing allows for those stubby, quick-thinking chainstays that take successive bumps in stride while finessing a tough line. Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension is the lynchpin of...
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Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Drawing inspiration from light, nimble XC rigs and burly enduro sleds alike, the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike lands in the sweet spot as a snappy, responsive, trail bike that whips up to speed and handles burly terrain like the champ that it is. Its plus-sized tires add much appreciated grip through loose ground and dicey terrain, and its Shimano XT build kit and DT Swiss hoops mean it's ready to shred whether you're pinning on a number or heading out for a day of spontaneous adventuring. The SB5+ Turq's geometry closely mirrors its smaller-tire SB5 sibling, with slight tweaks to embrace up to three-inch tires for smooth, stable traction across loose terrain. Of particular note is the SB5+'s elevated chainstays, which curve upward from the shock and create a sharply pointed triangle that increased stiffness and opens up tire clearance. This curved design keeps the chainstays at a svelte 17. 2 inches for snappy, confident handling when whipping through switchbacks and rocketing over dusty trails. The frameset carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which represents the brand's most advanced frame construction method. For the SB5+ Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup that's molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk. Yeti also claims it reduces weight by almost 300g compared to the regular version. This process results in strength where you need reinforcement, and lightness where you don't. With a 67. 1-degree head tube angle, the SB5+ Turq is itching to bomb its way aggressively through steep rock gardens that leave little room for indecision while the short, snappy rear triangle tracks lines on a dime. Amplifying this bike's handling prowess, Boost rear spacing allows for stubby, quick-thinking chainstays that take successive bumps in stride while finessing a tough line. Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension is the lynchpin of the SB5+'s versatile capability. Its linear travel hits the sweet spot of ant...
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Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
If more than a few creaks, new dents, and a wandering eye throughout last season have signified the arrival of upgrade season for you, well done. You couldn't have picked a better time. We've reached a point in mountain bike tech where compromise has become a nearly nonexistent concept, and nothing illustrates that better than the advent of the 2017 Yeti SB5. 5 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. In the yawning gap between nimble trail bike and DH bruiser that the SB5 and SB6 sat on either side of, Yeti created a new machine that took its siblings' best characteristics and turned them into something original. From the start, Yeti knew the SB5. 5 needed rock-solid downhill stability, so it started with a slacked-out 66. 5-degree head tube angle and went from there. Of course, it didn't just want to release another unruly monster that riders wouldn't be able to control on anything but wide open, straight-line descents. To avoid this, it pushed back against barreling 29er stereotypes and completely eliminated a front derailleur mount. This freed up enough space to shorten the chainstays into a compact, swooping design complete with responsive Boost spacing. The smooth curves of the rear triangle sit in direct contrast to the longer, straighter front end, and serve to temper the bike's brutish nature on techier rock gardens and serpentine climbs. When you don't want to rein it in, of course, the FOX 36 fork--complete with 29er-appropriate 51mm offset--and a 140mm FOX Performance shock answer the call. Serving up 160mm of squish up front, the SB5. 5 practically begs you to take the scarier line every time, not just because it wants to, but because it knows it can back you up. Send white-knuckle lines in the style of your favorite enduro heroes, and watch Yeti's famed Switch Infinity suspension devour them in quick succession, never wallowing after deep rollovers or bottomless slickrock drops. And as much as this bike and its suspension love to descend, Yeti made sure...
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Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
With its 2017 SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike, Yeti takes advantage of trickle-down technology in its choice to split its frame lines into standard Carbon and advanced Turq models this year, with the SB6 Carbon falling into the former category. Don't be mistaken though--this SB6's carbon construction is still top notch, and is a testament to just how far the industry has come with carbon. It's just a little bit heavier than the highest of high grade Turq, which means you're getting a bomber bike at a more attainable price point for the sacrifice of a mere claimed 260g, which is about the weight of a small cup of coffee if we put it in real world terms. Yeti pairs the SB6 frame with SRAM's new X01 Eagle drivetrain, which gives the surprisingly capable chassis an ultimate bailout gear in the form of a 50t cog. The Switch Infinity suspension system is a key element behind the SB6's versatility. Switch Infinity originally replaced the Switch Link design, which experienced 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 these updates, 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 sm...
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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 X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
Carrying over the boost axles and burly rowdiness of last year's SB6, the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike ups the ante with an even higher standard for carbon construction and SRAM's unmatched 12-speed X01 Eagle drivetrain. The Turq designation represents what Yeti claims is its most advanced frame construction, which for this bike means a more precise carbon layup molded to reinforce key stress points without adding bulk. Turq is claimed to reduce weight by 265g over the regular SB6, imbued with strength where you need it and an all-around weight reduction. The Switch Infinity suspension system is the 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. Outside of 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 same. Deep in the stroke, it works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. Yeti'...
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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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