SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — For the 2015 model year, Santa Cruz Bicycles is offering lower-priced carbon bikes for select models — the 5010 and Bronson = 27.5-inch bikes and Tallboy 29er — and has introduced its own grips and carbon handlebars.
"We're well aware that bikes have been going up in price the last few years, so we made it a priority to get the radness of our carbon technology to trickle down within reach of more riders," Santa Cruz engineering/quality director Joe Graney said in a release.
"Working with our exclusive manufacturing partner, we used the same proprietary processes to create lower-cost carbon frames that retained the same legendary strength and stiffness Santa Cruz are known for. We achieved this by using a different grade of carbon material that results in a minimal weight gain of approximately 250-280 grams."
The new lower-cost frames are simply referred to as "Carbon," while Santa Cruz's existing higher-end carbon frames are now known as "Carbon C." The new Carbon bikes are available as completes with two new build kits starting at $3,399 for the Tallboy and $3,599 for the Bronson and 5010.
Santa Cruz's new carbon bars will be spec'd exclusively on the company's 2015 models at the XT/X01 level and up. They come in 35-millimeter-clamp riser at 760 and 800 millimeters wide and 31.8-millimeter-clamp flat bar at 720 and 760 millimeters. Weights range from 176 to 200 grams.
The new Palmdale grip has a single-lock-ring design with a taper-lock core, a closed end with flared edge, and is 125 millimeters long. The grip will be spec'd on 2015 Santa Cruz bikes and will also be available for aftermarket purchase.
More information: SantaCruzBicycles.com.