29-Inch Wheel (29ers)
Nothing beats the acceleration of a hardtail mountain bike and the Santa Cruz Highball C is purpose-built for high-intensity XC pursuits. On this iteration, Santa Cruz shaved half a pound from the weight of the frame and redesigned the seat stay/top tube junction to give you more comfort over the long haul without sacrificing speed. With three water bottle mounts, threaded BB reliability, and internally routed cables, the only thing you'll be concerned about is when to make the turn back home. The Highball S/C build ups the ante with SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain and level TL brakes to give you a great mix of performance and value. A remote-actuated Fox 32 Rhythm fork guides you through rough terrain while the Race Face/DT Swiss wheelset and Maxxis Aspen tires do their part when it's time to grip and rip. Saddle up and experience the rocket-like feel only a carbon hardtail can deliver.
The ultimate power-wheeling, bump-chewing sidekick. The Megatower is the fusion of big wheels and the biggest-hitting suspension system. It’s a modern day brawler, as suited to diehard racers as it is to riders wanting to conquer their hometown trails. Tracing its roots to the Hightower, and now featuring the lower link-driven VPP suspension derived from the V10, the Megatower is the most capable, confidence-inspiring 29er trail bike in Santa Cruz's line-up. The lower-link mounted shock configuration — designed for compatibility with both air and coil shocks — provides a progressive shock rate that has unmatched traction and bottom-out resistance, making it ideal for taming the longest descents and rowdiest hits. In order to make the Megatower stride confidently across the globe, it has an enormous amount of clever adjustability hidden in its bones. A tidy and concealed flip chip in the lower-link adjusts bottom bracket height and changes progressivity of the rear suspension. A second modular point in the rear dropouts allows for a 10mm fore-aft adjustment in chainstay length to dial in the rider’s rearward weight distribution — either set for play or for stability. The flip chips are a robust mechanism for riders looking to tune their ride according to their needs without compromising reliability and durability. No wackadoo mousetraps and frail proprietary shocks here. The Megatower isn’t all fight and fury, it’s smart and savvy too. It has a sharp, 76-degree seat tube angle for winching to the top of the kinds of descents where having a roomier cockpit and a 65-degree head tube angle will come in handy. And you can still carry around a full water bottle inside the frame (even with a piggyback shock), and the frame is well protected with a shock fender, shuttle guard, downtube protector, and ribbed chainstay protector. The Megatower 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Reserve features an upgraded wheelset built with Santa Cruz Reserve 30 carbon rims, for superior stiffness and weight savings.
Today's XC courses are more technical than ever and the Santa Cruz Blur is built to excel from start to finish. The Blur combines 100mm of predictable and responsive VPP rear travel with a 100mm fork and 69-degree headtube angle to give you punchy acceleration and confidence to make your move when others balk at sketchy terrain. SRAM's GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain has a huge gear range for producing max power, and Level TL brakes paired with 160mm rotors let you carry more speed into turns thanks to precise lever feel and powerful grip. Ground control comes from a sensitive Fox 32 Performance Step-cast fork with remote lockout and Float Performance DPS shock, which harmonize with the ultra-efficient suspension design to ensure your effort translates to podium-worthy times no matter what the course brings. Finishing this Blur S/C build is a Race Face/DT Swiss wheelset wrapped in race-ready Maxxis Aspen tires, giving you second-nature control on your all-out push to the finish.
As the name implies, the Santa Cruz Chameleon is a bike that can change to match its environment. Twenty-niner or 27-plus, geared or single-speed, this adaptable hardtail utilizes a suite of swappable dropouts to convert it from aggro trail charger to husky bikepacking mule to anything in between. The Chameleon is capable on a wide range of terrain—aggressive trail riding to jump lines to all-around mountain bike use. Choose your Chameleon wisely. The Chameleon D grants you the go-anywhere rollover and high speed of 29-inch Maxxis tires, wrapped around WTB rims with the strength to let you get rowdy, as Chameleon riders are apt to do. To help keep your trajectory on track, a 120mm RockShox Revelation fork soaks up the chop and precisely steers where you point it, thanks to rigid Torque Cap fork-hub interface. SRAM’s NX Eagle drivetrain and Level brakes perfectly complement one another, providing a wide 11-speed gear range to get you anywhere on the mountain, with the braking power to make sure you get back in one piece. Race Face and WTB outfit your control points, with lightweight control that opens terrain and encourages adventure.
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