A new manufacturing partnership has allowed Santa Cruz Bicycles to drop the prices on the carbon frames of some of its most-popular models: the Bronson, the 5010 and the Tallboy.
“We’re well aware that bikes have been going up in price the last few years," says Santa Cruz's Joe Graney. "So we made it a priority to get the radness of our carbon technology to 'trickle down' within reach of more riders. Working with our exclusive manufacturing partner, we used the same proprietary processes to create lower cost carbon frames that retained the same legendary strength and stiffness Santa Cruz are known for. We achieved this by using a different grade of carbon material that results in a minimal weight gain of approximately 250-280 grams (0.6 lbs)."
Santa Cruz is offering two new builds, the 'R' and 'S,' while the existing carbon frames will be labeled 'Carbon C.'
The R builds are priced at $3,600 for the Bronson and 5010 and $3,300 for the Tallboy. The S comes in at $4,700 for the 27.5-inch-wheeled bikes and $4,000 for the Tallboy. The very price-competitive Bronson and 5010 S builds come with the RockShox Pike fork, XT derailleur, SLX brakes and a Reverb dropper post. Carbon C frames are featured on XT/X01 level builds and up, and are still available to be purchased as frame-only.
Go to the SantaCruzBicycles.com to explore all the customizable options of the range.
Santa Cruz also announced on Tuesday its new range of carbon handlebars and the Palmdale grip. The bars were initially designed for the DH discipline in an 800-millimeter-wide, 35-millimeter-clamp version, but Santa Cruz engineers decided to offer a wider range of widths.
The 800- and 760-millimeter bars both come with a 9-degree sweep, 20-millimeter rise and 35-millimeter clamp. The wider version weighs 200 grams while the 760 weighs 185 grams. There are also 760-mil and 720-mil flat options with 7-millimeter rise, 9-degree sweep and a 31.8-millimeter clamp. The 760-mil weighs 182 grams and the narrower version comes in at 176 grams.
The bars will be spec'd on all 2015 Santa Cruz models with an XT/X01 build or higher, and is expected to also be sold aftermarket soon.
The Palmdale grip has a single lock-ring design with a taper-lock core that uses an internal sleeve that narrows toward the last 1.5-inch of the grip in order to clamp on to the end of the bar to eliminate twisting. The 125-millimeter (4.9-inch) length is designed to allow plenty of room for riders to reposition their hands depending on terrain and ride length. The Palmdale grips will show up on all 2015 Santa Cruz bikes and will be available in a rainbow of colors soon.