New Santa Cruz Bikes Released

March 28, 2011

We snuck out a story back in February of an as-then-unnamed, early sample carbon 29er.

Well, now the cat is officially out of the bag as Santa Cruz announces the Carbon Highball 29er hardtail.
With a 2.45lb frame weight and a full bike build of 21lbs (with chi-chi components) it might be the bike that’ll topple some people from their ’29ers are heavy’ viewpoints.

And also being announced are other three new bikes: an aluminium Tallboy 29er, the ‘surely made for the UK’ Blur Trail Carbon – with 5in of travel and slacker than the XC angles, plus one more bike that we’re not going to be told about until the Sea Otter Classic in the middle of next month.

The official story is here on the Santa Cruz website.


As a taster, here is the new Tallboy 29er in aluminium. More pics here:


And the Blur Trail Carbon! Made for the UK with 5in of travel, but with the more trail-friendly head angle of the Blur LT-c rather than the ‘steer with your eyebrows’ responsiveness of the Blur C

A great looking frame. (although we can't help thinking that that paintjob makes it look a little like an old GT I-Drive.)

A load more photos here:


It looks like being a very interesting time at this year’s Sea Otter, with major new ‘radical’ announcements from a number of bike companies. Stay tuned for Chipps’ coverage in a couple of weeks…

Here are the photos from Santa Cruz.

And add your voice to the Singletrack forum thread here:


Not bad for a big wheeler, eh?


Black and red paintjob dubbed the '49er' scheme after the San Francisco team.


Regular, threaded BB shell


Black and white paint job known as the 'raider nation' colourscheme


Flared headtube. Natch.


Rear corner uses a proprietary one-piece layup


Skinny back end with plenty of mud clearance


Everyone loves wishbone stays

Here’s some geometry for you:

We’ll get you the UK prices as soon as Dickon has finished with his calculator…


Slightly curved seat tube for shorter chainstays.

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