Sunday, January 12, 2014

Santa Cruz Jackal

Jackal gets a new look and Logan Peat & Josh Bryceland take them for a spin around Santa Cruz....also features a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner.

Santa Cruz Jackal from Santa Cruz Bicycles on Vimeo.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The new Santa Cruz Bantam

Santa Cruz Bantam from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

Sharing the same mega-agile geometry as the Solo, the Bantam punches way above its weight for a trail bike in this category.

27.5" wheels and 125mm of single-pivot suspension combine with a robust collet pivot axle system to create a rock-solid trail tool that's as awesomely simple as it is tough.

27.5" wheels deliver those fabled rolling benefits without compromising maneuverability, leaving the Bantam fired-up to go the distance if you are.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013


So, Spoke, the venerated online rag, recently posted a wee dig at the reasons why people are getting all excited about these bigger wheels. And I thought 'touche'. Maybe they've got a point. but then again, since I changed up from the 26" wheels on my faithful Blur TRc to these new inbetweener wheels on the Bronson, I've been feeling like a super hero. Ands lets be honest, who doesn't want to feel like a super hero on their bike?

When I first jumped on, I was struggling to tell if the wheels were any bigger then usual, but they definitely felt smaller than 29. It corners precisely and responsively but it's still rolling over everything I point it at without protest. 

It's stable at speed and plush on descents but still firm when climbing and doesn't bob. The build on this bike is Sram XX1set up without a chain guide (rumor has it people still throw the chain despite the chainring's fancy tooth design) and it's been bomber so far.

So, maybe it's because its been bone dry in Dunedin or maybe it's the extra bit of travel, or maybe it really is the bigger wheels, but the Bronson is definitely making me feel like a superhero.