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Bike Review Category

8.3

Brilliant AM machine

Tested: Santa Cruz Bronson CC

Jun 17, 2019
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Five years after being unveiled in 2013, Santa Cruz Bicycles presents its latest vision for their original 27.5” trail bike, the Bronson. Now in its third design cycle, this rowdy all-mountain bike has been meticulously refined with little room for improvement. I’ve been fortunate enough to own all three versions of the Bronson, each with its own distinct personality. When

8.2

Amazing

Tested: Santa Cruz Stigmata CC Force AXS Reserve

May 14, 2019
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Santa Cruz Bicycles is a brand known for its cutting edge roster of full-suspension mountain bikes. They have produced industry-leading bikes in nearly every category they’ve set their sights on. Sitting at the fringe of that lineup is the Stigmata. The ‘Stig’ is a purebred cyclocross bike that, beyond its success within that circuit, has long been the choice of

First Ride Review – Santa Cruz Blur CC Carbon

Mar 20, 2018
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Today, Santa Cruz announced the return of one of its most iconic bikes, the Blur.  The mythical Blur has come in many forms over the years and this new Blur shares some DNA from each of them.  This is the lightest 100mm VPP suspension bike Santa Cruz has ever made. Now replace lightest with toughest and 100mm with flawless and

First Ride Review – Santa Cruz Highball CC Carbon 29

Mar 20, 2018
7,654 Views

Santa Cruz released today a completely reshaped version of its cross-country race bike, the Highball. The Highball has been in production since 2011 and alongside its wilder sibling, the Chameleon, represents only a few hardtails amidst Santa Cruz’s line of legendary full-suspension bikes. When designing the Highball 3, Santa Cruz sought to engineer a lighter frame while also improving the

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Tested: Santa Cruz Nomad 4 CC

Jan 29, 2018
36,411 Views

The Santa Cruz Nomad is a fabled bike that has shaped the all-mountain category since its debut in 2005. This roaming drifter could get you every place while never flinching any place. The Mk III rolled out on its tweener wheels in 2014 as one of the deeper, single-crown offerings in its class. Enduro racing was taking over the planet

8.5

Fast!

Tested: Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

May 26, 2017
17,831 Views
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On the surface, gravel grinding and cross racing don’t have much in common. The cross riders’ emphasis on fast and twitchy bikes runs antithetical to the more stable platform offered by a gravel-specific rig. Bikes are often an ‘either-or’ sort of thing and threading this fine needle is an oft-elusive task. The Santa Cruz Stigmata, however, accomplishes this task with

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