California Dreamin’ – Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes Now At evo Seattle
When it comes to legendary brands in mountain biking, Santa Cruz sits at the top of the list. Based in their namesake city in California, Santa Cruz has been creating podium-winning mountain bikes since 1993. Although they continuously pioneer some of the most advanced frames and suspension in the industry, their lineup has something for everyone. Their offering of two distinct carbon layups or durable aluminum frames paired with signature VPP suspension, innovative bike designs and super clean aesthetics has made them a force in the mountain bike world.
VPP stands for Virtual Pivot Point, and is renown across the mountain bike world for maximum pedaling efficacy and bump-absorption. All VPP systems feature grease fittings for easy maintenance and a lifetime warranty on the bearings. Buying a VPP bike isn’t a purchase, it’s an investment.
CC, C and Aluminum Frames
Santa Cruz uses three different frame materials. Buyers can choose from 2 grades of carbon or an aluminum frame. Durability is holy at Santa Cruz, so they ensure their regular ‘C’ carbon frames are just as durable as the premium ‘CC’ frames. The main difference? A slight weight decrease of between 250 and 280 grams for the pricier CC grade frames. And if carbon frames remain a bit rich for your blood, Santa Cruz also offers their legendary geometry and suspension designs in aluminum builds that are arguably even more durable than carbon bikes.
Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Josh Bryceland, Nathan Rennie, Kirt Voreis, Jamie Goldman, Cedric Gracia, Josh Lewis, Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier have all thrown a leg over frames in their years riding and racing bikes under the Santa Cruz flag. It’s the input from these legendary riders that make Santa Cruz’s bikes the high-performance machines they are.
Now in its 2nd iteration and sporting the updated VPP3, the 150mm travel Bronson is now 1° slacker than version 1.0, further blurring the lines between Trail and Enduro riding.
Whether it’s the fast rolling of a 29er or the limitless grip of 27.5+ that you’re after, the Hightower and its 130mm of travel can meet the needs of any trail rider’s dreams.
All day adventures or quick after work laps. Modern mountain bikes are increasingly capable with smaller amounts of travel. The 5010 carries enough travel to ride Vancouver Island’s North Shore and the efficiency for full missions in the Arizona desert.
All Mountain or Enduro, whatever you call it, the Nomad is the original. This 170mm monster eats up EWS Enduro races for breakfast and makes DH bikes obsolete for many.