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Santa Cruz Launches New Carbon Frames, Bars, and Grips

More Affordable Carbon

Words by Morgan Taylor.
June 24th, 2014

You can now get into a carbon-framed Santa Cruz for less money, and it might even come with a Pike. With use of a different, slightly heavier grade of carbon, the Bronson, 5010, and Tallboy models now come in Carbon R or Carbon S models at a weight penalty of about 0.6 lbs. Top end models will now be designated Carbon C. In addition, Santa Cruz is also launching a line of carbon handlebars in both 35mm and 31.8 bar clamps, and a new set of grips to accompany. Check out photos of the new colours and details from Santa Cruz below.

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Bronson Carbon S with Pike RC and SLX/XT for $4699 USD.

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Bronson Carbon R with Sektor Gold, Deore, and XT for $3599 USD.

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5010 Carbon S with Pike RC 130 and SLX for $4699 USD.

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5010 Carbon R with Sektor Gold and Deore / SLX for $3599 USD.

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Tallboy Carbon S with 32 Float and SLX / XT for $3899 USD.

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Tallboy Carbon R with Recon Gold and Deore / XT for $3399 USD.

From Santa Cruz:

For 2015, we’ve managed to dramatically reduce the price on carbon Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy models, and increased our build options to create the kind of industry-crushing performance that now comes as standard from Santa Cruz.

“We’re well aware that bikes have been going up in price the last few years” says Joe Graney, who headed-up the project at Santa Cruz. “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).”

These new carbon frames will only be available as part of the new R and S builds.

The S build represents a whole new tier of performance for Santa Cruz in 2015 and includes components such as the Rockshox Pike RC Solo Air and Reverb Stealth as standard on Bronson or 5010 builds.

We’ve again refrained from conjuring up carbon acronyms to bash you over the head with. The new lower cost frames are simply referred to as “Carbon”, while our existing carbon frames are known as “Carbon C”. Carbon C frames now feature on XT/X01 level builds and up, and remain available as frame only.


 

Santa Cruz Carbon Bars and Palmdale Grips

Initially available as OEM parts on Santa Cruz’s top end builds, their new bars are both light and wide. The 800mm bar, which will come on XT/X01 and up V10s and Nomads, weights 200 grams, while the 760mm bar on Bronsons and 5010s weighs 185 grams.

Santa Cruz Carbon 800 Bar

The 800mm carbon bar sports a 9º backsweep and weighs a scant 200 grams.

Santa Cruz Carbon 760 Flat Bar

The 760mm flat bar is also a 9º unit and weighs 182 grams.

Santa Cruz Palmdale Grip

Santa Cruz Palmdale grips with a single clamp and a diamond pattern dialed in by Josh Kissner himself.

Find all the new goods on a refreshed Santa Cruz website HERE.


At $400-500 more than an aluminum frame, the Carbon R and S bikes are looking mighty tempting…

  • boomforeal

    i wonder if the seemingly better prices of juliana bikes, that looked like “pink’ed” santa cruz bikes, means that these budget carbon frames have actually been around for a while under the radar as part of the women’s lineup…

  • Cr4w

    So these bikes are functionally identical except they weigh a bit more?

  • http://invokelabs.com Duncan Blair

    Any indication of when these might be available in our local stores? Does 2015 mean 2015, or does it mean July 2014?

    • http://invokelabs.com Duncan Blair

      Just in case anyone was wondering, spoke with a US dealer and they are expecting them to start shipping on the 1st of July.

      Frustratingly the prices quoted in this article seem to incur a ~10-15% Canadian upsize as they cross the border, at least as far as I can tell from the SC website.

  • Drinky Crow

    What? What? My head hurts! Where’s the freaking XO equiped model?????

  • notaduc

    Those grips sure look like the Specialized grips.