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650b Nomad Chronicles: Part One

Ermygawd, I have the new 650b Nomad.  Since I’ve built it up, I’ve received more than a few Facebook queries about it, asking how it rides. My first answer? This bike puts a smile on my face. Yes— it is awesome. I was in that boat a few weeks ago; once I decided I was about to […]

08.12.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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Ashland Spring Thaw: Pro Rider Bike Checks

To be crowned the King of the Mountain, riders at the Ashland Spring Thaw needed to compete in Saturday’s cross country event, as well as Sunday’s downhill run, all on the same bike. Marco Osborne of Novato ended up taking the KOM, flanked by Nathan Riddle and Jason Moeschler. Choosing the ideal setup was a balance […]

06.26.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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Bike Check: Noel’s Foundry Cycles Ratchet

The Ratchet is a carbon road frame by offered the folks at Foundry Cycles.  Those unfamiliar with the brand are more likely to have heard of QBP, the powerhouse bicycle parts distributor that powers many of the independent bike shops across the country. QBP created the in house brand as a high performance, understated no-nonsense line to […]

05.30.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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Santa Cruz Nomad Update: 650b wheels, shorter stays, lower and slacker

We’ve guessed it was coming for sometime; the question was, would it live up to our expectations? Our wishlist had consisted of the following: shorter chainstays, lower bottom bracket height, steeper seat angle, slacker head angle, and a water bottle cage. On our bikes, an AngleSet had fixed two of the above: slacked out head […]

04.01.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon All Mountain Shred Sled

The original Tracer VP from Intense Cycles was always kind of a Nomad-lite— it wanted to compete with the Santa Cruz Nomad for the king of the all mountain crown, but in reality, the ride quality had more in common with the Blur LT. We spent several seasons on the original VPP bike, and while […]

03.17.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: Diamondback Haanjo Comp

We’re often asked advice on what types of bikes to buy. This is never an easy question to answer, and my first response is ask more questions in order to formulate a proper recommendation. Road or dirt? Trail riding? Pavement? A commuter? Who are you planning to ride with? And of course, “how much are […]

03.08.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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All Around Trail Crusher: Santa Cruz Bronson Build Video Edit

We’re getting closer and closer to the holy grail of mountain bikes every year— the one that descends like a downhill bike, and climbs like an XC bike. A few years ago this class of bike was typically referred to as an all mountain bike or long travel trail bike, but now marketing departments have […]

01.03.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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Santa Cruz Blur TRc Review Part 3

If you’ve read the two previous posts detailing my experiences with the Santa Cruz Blur TRc, you already know the TRc to be one of my favorite trail bikes to date. In fact, the only nagging issue I had with the TRc was due to sizing. It seems to be somewhat inline with what I’ve […]

12.22.2013 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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Upgrade your ride: Offset Bushings

The Santa Cruz Driver 8 was created to be a freeride specific park bike, and it does that kind of stuff really well. Big jumps and drops? Nailed it. But if you were hoping to rail the turns, the high bottom bracket and steep head angle will take a bit of wind from your sails. […]

08.16.2013 Gear Read the full story →
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Santa Cruz TRc Review: Part 2

After a season on the Santa Cruz TRc it remains my favorite trail bike to date. It’s light, flickable, tears up climbs and descends well; even on terrain that would challenge other short travel machines. For a bike with a minimal amount of rear suspension travel it’s surprisingly capable. I love how light it is, […]

06.30.2013 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →