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Santa Cruz's New Butcher

Santa Cruz's New Butcher

While Santa Cruz’s Nomad Carbon was no secret to, well, anybody, the Nickel and Butcher were.

The two new bikes use a linkage Santa Cruz dubs the APP (Actual Pivot Point). APP revolves around a single pivot design, but use a series of links to emulate the the spring rate of a VPP bike. This allows Santa Cruz to create bikes that ride like its flagship VPP rigs, but keep the wallet a bit thicker. The price point of these bikes will be close to $2,000 complete.

The Nickel is a trail-oriented rig with 5 inches of travel, while the Butcher takes on more all-mountain duties with 6 inches of squish.

Santa Cruz's APP linkage puts the spring rate of a VPP on a single-pivot bike.

Santa Cruz's APP linkage puts the spring rate of a VPP on a single-pivot bike.

APP linkage closeup

APP Linkage

ISCG05 tabs for chainguide compatibility.

ISCG05 tabs for chainguide compatibility.

Santa Cruz Nickel

Santa Cruz Nickel

Santa Cruz Nickel APP detail

Santa Cruz Nickel's APP Linkage

Both the Nickel and Butcher use a 1.5 headtube to accomidate all common steerer configurations.

Both the Nickel and Butcher use a 1.5 headtube to accommodate all common steerer configurations.

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