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The Nomad

With features like an aggressive 65 degree head angle and 165mm of VPP™ travel delivered via a V10 style upper link and a neatly recessed lower link design, the Nomad has been updated to stay one step ahead of enduro racing’s ever more DH trajectory.

Don't let its downhill-oriented features deter you though, the Nomad sticks to its roots as an all-around mountain traveler and climbs surprisingly well, making it ideal for enduro's uphill pursuits too.

The New V10

The arrival of 27.5” wheels marks a sea change in the V10’s evolution.

In development with the Syndicate since early 2013, Santa Cruz wrung full potential out of the new wheel standard before unveiling it at the races. The restraint paid off, and the new V10 hoovered up a 2014 World Cup title and a World Champs medal within weeks of being released.

The 5010

Designed using what Santa Cruz had learned from the Bronson, the Santa Cruz 5010 is an all-mountain machine thanks to its 27.5 wheelsize and 125mm of VPP rear travel. It is available in several build kit options and two different carbon layups, the Carbon and the Carbon R, to get you on the trails regardless of your budget.

Watch Santa Cruz Syndicate Rider Steve Peat as he rips the 5010 in Scotland's backcountry.
About Santa Cruz Bicycles

It was 1993 when Santa Cruz was founded in a tiny space in Santa Cruz, California by Rob Roskopp and Rich Novak. It’s first bike, the Tazmon, was a single pivot dual suspension ride that challenged established norms and set the tone for what would be a brand on a hunt for perfection and bent on shaking things up. Over the next two decades Santa Cruz would grow to include a selection of 20 models of mountain bikes. You’ll find everything from cross country hardtails to the long travel downhill weapons of Santa Cruz’s Syndicate race team.

Few brands have captivated their audience like Santa Cruz Bicycles. From painters to engineers to builders and even the owner, Santa Cruz employees share a passion for the trail as fiery as their customers’. When it re-invented the Blur LT, it announced it to the world with a press release titled "Messing with Success." After three years of riding it, Santa Cruz knew it could better the design, so it scrapped the best-selling bike, and restarted--reinventing from the ground up. The goal wasn’t just to tinker, it was to rework every last detail—the VPP link, the bearing system, the hardware, the standover clearance, even the derailleur hanger. And that's its approach to some of its most successful models, including bikes like the Nomad. And while its not afraid to reimagine, staple models like the all-mountain Heckler and Chameleon have changed little since their introduction, testament to the staying power of Santa Cruz’s designs.

The brand is stubborn about more than just design work. It understands that blue sky thinking amounts to little if there isn't outstanding execution.Since the beginning its worked closely with suppliers to establish and continually improve quality control measures -- frames go through rigorous tolerance, alignment, critical dimension and weld checks throughout production, only to do it again before each process at their warehouse in Santa Cruz—quality control, powdercoat, decal and assembly. You're not going to see a Santa Cruz frame that's 5mm out of alignment out of the box. It'd never make it out the door.

What other company has the cojones to "mess with success"? Who would even recommend it? Owner Rob Roskopp (yep, the Roskopp you once knew as a professional skateboarder) admits it's a somewhat selfish interest. He wants to ride the best bike. Period. This commitment has lead to a unique vision and a unique product appreciated around the world by casual riders, dedicated riders, and professional athletes the world over.

The Jackal

The Bronson

The Heckler

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