Santa Cruz has been churning out new and updated bikes at an impressive pace over the past year. Last fall they updated the Bronson and 5010, making them lower, slacker, and longer. Next, they launched the long-ish travel 29/27.5+ Hightower in February. And most recently came the Tallboy 3, in April. The issue for those of us with shallow pockets–or just a preference for metal–was that the updated bikes were only available in carbon. For 2017, Santa Cruz has announced that the 5010, Tallboy, and Bronson will all be available with aluminum frames. (If you were hoping for an aluminum Hightower, sorry.)
Along with the metal frames come updated build kits across the line. The high end builds that previously had SRAM’s X01 and XX1 groups get bumped up to the new 12-speed Eagle groups. Entry-level bikes are getting some 11-speed love thanks to SRAM’s NX group and Shimano’s new SLX drivetrain.
It’s good to see mid-sized companies like Santa Cruz offering their bikes at a variety of price points. There are too many builds and specs to include in one post, so I’ll just touch on some of the highlights below. For more information on geometry or build kits, visit Santa Cruz’s website, which has been updated with 2017 info.
The new 5010 comes in one of two colors: gloss red with mint decals and matte black with yellow decals. It can be had as a frame-only in aluminum for $1,899 with shock, or CC carbon frame for $2,999. There are 10 complete options available starting with the $2,599 “D” build on the aluminum frame. The top aluminum build is the “S,” which gets you a Fox 34 Performance fork, SRAM GX drivetrain and Guide brakes, and a Reverb dropper, all for $3,899.
Above the aluminum bikes, Santa Cruz offers their mid range “C” carbon frames and at the top of the heap, the “CC” carbon frames. The XX1 build on a CC frame will run you $7,999.
Just like the new 5010, the Tallboy starts at $2,599 for the D build, and Santa Cruz is offering a D+ build for $100 more. The D+ build gets you 40mm-wide rims and 2.80″-wide tires from Maxxis. Color choices for 2017 are yellow with emerald decals or grey with rust decals.
The Bronson has slightly fewer build options, but still starts at a reasonable $2,999. That gets you a Fox fork, SRAM NX drivetrain, and Level brakes, but sadly, no dropper. Stepping up to the S build gets you substantially better components for an additional $900. Highlights include: Pike fork, beefier Guide brakes, 27mm-wide Race Face rims, and a Reverb dropper.
2017 colors for the Bronson are the slate blue and orange shown above, or matte black with slate blue decals.