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Introducing the 2020 Santa Cruz Heckler

Introducing the 2020 Santa Cruz Heckler

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Yeah, it's an e-bike. And it's from Santa Cruz, the brand few people thought would ever make an e-mountain bike. We also never thought that Pluto would be considered anything but a planet but here we are. The 2020 Santa Cruz Heckler e-mountain bike that channels every bit of Santa...
Zane's Review of His 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Zane's Review of His 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Written by Zane Enders, on Mar 03, 2021

The Santa Cruz Tallboy is easily one of the most popular bikes in the shop, if not the mountain biking world. There's a good reason for it and in Zane's review of his new bike he goes over why he chose the Tallboy, why he chose it over his previous...
Presenting the 2020 Juliana Quincy & Santa Cruz Stigmata Gravel Bikes

Presenting the 2020 Juliana Quincy & Santa Cruz Stigmata Gravel Bikes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Quincy, California might just be the quintessential gold rush town of Northern California. The town may only have a population of 1,700 people, but Quincy is a hub for rock climbing, hiking, and the Grinduro gravel race. For Juliana, it is only on roads (and trails!) like these that a...
Contender Goes to NAHBS 2019

Contender Goes to NAHBS 2019

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Working at Contender Bicycles gives me immediate access to some of the best bicycles and accessories the bicycle industry has to offer. However, sometimes there are itches that can't really be scratched by anything other than a full-custom bicycle. NAHBS is made for these itches. NAHBS, or the North American...
Presenting the 2019 Santa Cruz Megatower

Presenting the 2019 Santa Cruz Megatower

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Take a look around on various mountain biking forums, and the name "Megatower" has been thrown around jokingly as a name for a supersized Hightower LT. And while Santa Cruz is using the name Megatower to describe their newest 29er mountain bike, it's quite a bit more than just a...
Presenting the New 2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon

Presenting the New 2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

A few years ago, 27.5+ hit us like a wave. We found it offered tons of grip in dry conditions, improved braking, and a minimal weight penalty when compared to a 29er wheelset. We found that, when paired to a quality hardtail mountain bike, that it never left us wanting...
Presenting the All-New 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson and Santa Cruz 5010

Presenting the All-New 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson and Santa Cruz 5010

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

From the moment we started stocking Santa Cruz Bikes this year, we’ve heard story after story about how great someone's old Santa Cruz was at... everything. The brand has nearly reached cult status, and they’ve managed to do so recently on the backs of two bikes: the Bronson and the...
Presenting the All-New Santa Cruz Blur and Santa Cruz Highball

Presenting the All-New Santa Cruz Blur and Santa Cruz Highball

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The cross country mountain bike world is changing, and fast. Courses have become sloppier, steeper, and rockier, and XC mountain bikes have become longer, lower, and lighter with geometry geared toward descending stability. As the lines between XC, XC marathon, and trail bikes become blurrier, the focus on well-balanced over...
Which Long Travel 29er is Best for You?

Which Long Travel 29er is Best for You?

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

 29er mountain bikes had a stuttering start when initially introduced. Critics knocked the bikes for their slow handling, long wheelbases, and lack of peppiness when trails were at their fastest. More than anything, this was related to needing to dial in the geometry than the actual wheel size. Thankfully,...
Introducing Santa Cruz

Introducing Santa Cruz

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Santa Cruz, CA may be better known as the eclectic backdrop for a number of 1980’s thrillers or as Surf City USA than for their mountain biking access. The Santa Cruz mountains are filled with gorgeous seaside trails, diverse micro climates, and riders to use them. With extensive trail networks...
Introducing Juliana Bicycles

Introducing Juliana Bicycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We’ve had our eye on Juliana Bicycles and their eye-popping pastel mountain bikes for quite some time. The bikes aren't flashy; nor are they painted to look like a Barbie under the pretense of meeting women's needs. Instead, the Juliana line is comprised of excellent mountain bikes optimized for smaller...