Santa Cruz Bicycles at Stif
Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in a space the size of a single car garage in the Seabright Cannery, in Santa Cruz, California. Their first bike, the Tazmon, was a single-pivot dual suspension bike that rattled established sensibilities. At the time full-suspension bikes were far from the norm, and a do-it-all bike (what we’d refer to as ‘trail’ or ‘all-mountain’ now) with rear suspension was considered highly irregular. But Santa Cruz's founder, skateboarding legend, Rob Roskopp, wasn’t hog tied to following trends or being told how to think. Instead he could see that full-suspension was an innovation whose time had come. And ever since Santa Cruz have built bikes that allow riders to go further, faster, and higher, for longer.
Santa Cruz now manufacture a wide range of high-performance bicycles for true cycling enthusiasts. Made from either carbon fiber or aluminum, the 2020 range covers everything from hardtails to 215mm travel downhill machines. Santa Cruz's carbon bikes are produced in their exclusive manufacturing facility, and they utilize their advanced VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) technology on all full-suspension models. Santa Cruz bikes are available with a wide range of component and suspension options to choose from, check out the latest range below.
Santa Cruz 2020 Bikes
The Highball is Santz Cruz's flagship carbon hardtail race thoroughbred, and a dark horse in XC versatility.
More capable than a pure endurance bike, more composed than most XC race-rigs, the Highball has evolved to be easier to ride harder for longer. Built around a 27. 2mm diameter seat post, the whole package combines to take the “hard” out of hardtail riding. It has the mindset of a race bike but it’s prepared for more, it’s the kind of bike that’ll go far. . . really far.
The Blur is Santa Cruz's ride fast, ride far, ride-harder-than-your-heart-can-take XC race bike.
Light enough to scorch hot laps and tough enough to endure a long-distance beating, the Blur does it all without compromise. No matter how demanding your next XC endeavor, the Blur is ready to go full gas, 24/7
The Chameleon changes to suit its environment.
Twenty-niner or 27-plus, geared or single-speed, this adaptable hardtail utilizes a suite of simple, swappable dropouts to convert it from aggro trail charger to single-speed racer to husky bikepacking mule, or anything in between.
Depending on setup and skill level, the Chameleon is capable on a wide range of terrain—aggressive trail riding to jump lines to all-around use. Going for maximum speed and rollability? Go 29er. Riding mostly loose terrain? Get some Plus tires that provide traction for days.
The 5010 is the most fun you can have on two off-road wheels, and Danny MacAskill’s wee bike of choice.
Turning trails into pumptracks and logs into launches this bike begs to spend as much time above the ground as on it.
A laser sharp, agile trail whip that turns on a dime and loves to pop and play. The upper-link driven shock VPP suspension is configured to be sharp and responsive. A firm beginning stroke makes for a responsive, snappy pedaling and provides support for small bump, bump-jump playfulness, while the progressive curve offers the bottom-out resistance to make it feel like there’s a lot more travel than there actually is.
The Downhillers XC Bike
The new 120mm Tallboy takes a leap further into what short-travel bikes really are capable of. With kick-ass lower-link VPP suspension, a streamlined design, the typical Santa Cruz refinement, and rather radical geometry, the Tallboy is back to being a genre bending folk hero.
Sure, 10mm more travel might only seem like one small step—but coupled with a lower link-driven VPP suspension design this is one giant leap for the Tallboy.
Ridden by Ratboy since the day it was born, the Bronson has the biggest personality in the Santa Cruz range.
From flat out on the trail to fully flat over a table, each new generation redefines expectations of what a 150mm bike can do.
The new lower-link mounted shock configuration opens up greater possibilities for maximum bump performance, a supportive mid-stroke, and a barely detectable bottom out. It’s like the most capable all-around bike just had a set of afterburners bolted on.
The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope on how lawless a single-crown bike can get while still remaining a capable daily driver.
The latest iteration nudged the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and surprised everyone at just how well-rounded it turned out..
The Hightower gives you the extra bit of confidence to let off the brakes and let 'er rip through the rough stuff. It feels well-balanced in the air and corners like a champ. At the same time, it is has impeccable trail manners and pedals efficiently, so you won’t get that ‘too much bike’ feeling if you end up doing an extra lap or pushing your ride further into the hills.
Famous for its versatility, the Hightower is the ideal all-rounder. This new generation benefits from lower-link driven VPP for increased support and traction. Modern geometry and a slight bump in travel increase its capability to take you anywhere and everywhere..
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 the Santa Cruz line-up.
At the 2017 World Cup season opener in Lourdes, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw, and Greg Minnaar qualified 1, 3, and 6 aboard the ‘controversy machine’—a V10 with a new swingarm rolling on 29-inch wheels.
Fast forward to 2020, the most successful bike in downhill history shows no signs of slowing down. Available with 27. 5" wheels for freeride lunacy or 29" for balls-to-the-wall downhill speed.
The Jackal is a no BS dirt jump, pump track, and urban assault weapon bike.
Sold as a frame-only, it runs on old-timey 26-inch wheels.
Overbuilt to last forever, these frames will take more abuse than you can dish out, yet still weigh in at under 5lbs.
New for 2020 is a 142x12 Through Axle Dropout with V-10 style collet axle> More strength for more flips, more spins, more speed and more fun. .
When the Stigmata was resurrected in 2015, Santa Cruz fused a number of MTB standards and design features to create their spin on the modern CX bike.
Something must have clicked, because within months of launch it raced to victory at the legendary Three Peaks, and has continued to contend at elite cyclocross races around the world.
When revising the Stigmata for 2020, Santa Cruz took a fresh look at which standards the riders of tomorrow wanted access to today. Now super versatile, the Stigmata is designed to let you decide whatever the heck you want it's category to be.
Demo The Santa Cruz Range at Stif
With so many great bikes to choose from, we know it's hard to choose just one Santa Cruz. Our sales staff are always available to help you with your decision, pop into our Summerbridge store for a chat and a cuppa, drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01423 780 738 and we'll be happy to help.
We know that there's really no substitute for throwing a leg over a bike and hitting the trail so we keep a demo fleet of Santa Cruz Bicycles in a range of sizes for you to take out for the day and hit our local trails. Hit the button below for everything you need to know about our demo bikes.