2014 Santa Cruz Bantam

Date Aug 29, 2013

Santa Cruz sent us some info on their newest mid-wheeled steed. Here it is in their words, aside from captions. We’ll take the blame for those.

santa cruz bantam 2014, santa cruz 27.5, santa cruz 650b

Looks a lot like a Santa Cruz of yore – only a half size bigger.

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

  • 125mm of single-pivot suspension and a robust collet pivot axle system 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.
santa cruz bantam 2014, santa cruz 27.5, santa cruz 650b

Statistics show that if you purchase a Bantam you are more likely to move dirt around. For the camera. Check the video below for actual trail building by Henry O’Donnell (above), sweet landscapes and some nice riding.


Total frame weight: 6.87 lb (3.12 kg) M size with Fox Float CTD evolution shock.

2014 santa cruz bantam frame

• 5” (125mm) single-pivot travel.
• 27.5” wheels.
• Dual bottle cage mounts.
• New 142mm x 12mm rear axle spacing – easier wheel installation.
• Collet axle pivot – locks in place without pinch bolts.
• Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness.
• Standard or direct mount rear derailleur hanger.
• ISCG-05 chainguide compatibility.
• 73mm threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation.
• Two color options:
• Gloss green w/white decals
• Satin black w/white decals
• Please see your local dealer for bike and frame pricing options and availability.

2014 santa cruz bantam 650b 27.5

Is this the middle wheeler for you?


mattthemuppet  - Sept. 8, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

why does he need to move the rocks around, looks perfectly nice just as it is?

this is the sort of frame that would get me off my hardtail, if I was interested in getting off my hardtail that is 🙂


PinkRobe  - Aug. 30, 2013, 7:43 p.m.

Hey, the new Heckler is out! Cool paint job…


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