Just as we were being asked if Santa Cruz Bicycles was only making carbon bikes from here-on, we get word of the reintroduction of many of its popular alloy framesets.
Santa Cruz 5010
Base spec of the 5010 will start at £2599 for a complete bike (black, below). This includes a RockShox Sector fork, SRAM NX 1×11 setup, SRAM Level brakes and Race Face Aeffect cranks. The top end (of three bikes) 5010 alloy will cost £3799 and comes with a Fox 34, SRAM GX 1×11, SRAM Guide R brakes and Race Face Aeffect cranks.
In terms of other differences with the carbon models – there are no ISCG tabs and the alloy 5010 comes with an integrated headset to save weight. Price for the aluminium frame and Fox Float Performance will be £1599.
Santa Cruz Bronson
The enduro and big-mountain-friendly Bronson gets an alloy makeover (makeunder?) too. There are two build kits – an R1x build with a Fox Rhythm 150 Fork, SRAM NX mech, SRAM Level T brakes and that RaceFace Aeffect crank again. Price is £2999. The frame only (with Monarch RT shock) is all of £1599.
There’s an ‘S’ build too, which includes a Pike RC 150 Solo Air, SRAM GX 1×11 and Guide R brakes.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 3
The Tallboy 3 is Santa Cruz Bikes’ 110mm 29er (or 27.5+ if you fancy that too). 120mm forks as a 29er, or 130 if you’re going 27.5+. The ‘D’ spec goes for £2699 with a RockShox Recon 120, SRAM NX mech and Level brakes. There’s a D+ spec with the Plus wheels for the same money, or an R1x build at £2999.
With this relaunch of alloy multi-pivot bikes, Santa Cruz has quietly started phasing out its single-pivot bikes like the Heckler as the price difference for all those extra pivots was minimal.