Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon CC 275 X01 Eagle Reserve. 5-inch wheel size back in 2013, seeing just how damn capable the bike was everywhere from epics in the mountains to enduro race courses and even blasting a few laps at the bike park. So when Santa Cruz announced they completely redesigned the Bronson Carbon CC 27. 5+ XO1 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike with their “new” plus-sized tires, a longer, more aggressive geometry for the ever-increasing capabilities demanded by riders, and a lower-link driven shock inspired by the latest Nomad, we gladly listened and took note, seeing their expertise and foresight in designing mountain bikes far surpasses the skeptical attitudes prevalent in much of the mountain bike world.
CamelBak Sequoia 22L Backpack. Load up the CamelBak Seqjoia 22L Backpack for women and toss it into your trunk before work so you can charge into adventures as soon as the clock strikes 5. This roomy hydration pack keeps you loaded up with 3-liters of water as you hike, bike, and adventure into the wilderness, plus room for an extra layer or two when the temperatures start to dip along with the sun. The updated Crux hydration bladder is easier to fill than before, with an ergonomically designed handle, and a wide-mouth opening.
CamelBak TORO Protector 14L Pack. Reinforce the sensitive regions of your back from nasty spills and trail mishaps with the CE Level II back protector of the CamelBak T. O. R.
DAKINE Seeker 15L Backpack. A full afternoon ride’s worth of water is available hands-free for your drinking pleasure thanks to the high-flow Blaster bite valve, and the reservoir sits at the bottom of the pack so as not to throw your weight off when you’re ripping turns on your favorite trail.
Hardtail Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Highball Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete. We’re here to say you can have your cake and eat it too, at least when you’re racing on the Santa Cruz Highball Carbon CC XO1 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not going to tell you this newest generation of Highball is going to be a worthy replacement for your trail bike, but it will radically shift your preconceived notions of what a stupidly lightweight cross-country bike is capable of as you fly past slow climbers and lap race courses with higher levels of speed than you ever thought possible. As we’ve seen year after year, Santa Cruz always manages to push the envelope in the design of their bikes and this third-generation Highball Carbon 29er is no different, weighing a half pound lighter than previous versions in their high-end Carbon CC lay-up.
Hardtail Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon 275 Plus SE Reserve Complete. Originally conceived as a do-it-all bike that spanned the gap between freeride hardtail and XC race rig, over time the Chameleon has evolved into a more trail-focused machine. The versatility has not been lost though, as the aluminum-framed Chameleon released by Santa Cruz in 2017 expanded the bike’s capabilities into the realm of bikepacking adventures. Now, much to our liking, Santa Cruz bestows us with a carbon fiber version of the Chameleon that delivers a snappier, more responsive ride while shedding 250-grams of weight compared to the aluminum version.
Hardtail Niner AIR 9 29 2 Star Complete. If you’re looking for a worthy racing partner or your trails are a bit more on the mellow side, Niner’s AIR 9 29 2-Star Complete Mountain Bike is worth a look. It provides the excellent rollover of 29-inch wheels and modern geometry so you can spend time riding your bike instead of wrenching on shocks, pivots, and the like. Built up with a dependable kit, this bike is chock full of value and makes for an exceptional first bike or if you’re looking to step up your ride or add another one to the stable.
Mountain Bike Pivot Trail 429 Carbon 275 Race XT 1x Complete. 5+ Race XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike checks off all the major boxes for contemporary race machines. Slacker? Yep. Longer? Mm-hmm.
Hardtail Santa Cruz Highball Carbon S Complete. This purebred XC bike proves its worth when you’re racing against the clock and every split-second is absolutely crucial, shaving time from your climbs, which is ultimately where cross-country races are won and lost. However, it’s been revised to deliver higher levels of compliance, so it won’t beat you to a pulp when you’re settling into a strong and steady cadence during long-distance efforts and endurance races alike. As we’ve seen year after year, Santa Cruz always manages to push the envelope in the design of their bikes and this third-generation Highball Carbon 29er is no different, weighing a half pound lighter than previous versions in their high-end Carbon CC lay-up.
Mountain Bike Pivot Trail 429 Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Complete. Then came moto-inspired gravity sleds with dual-crown forks that dropped in like demons but pedaled like deflated balloons. Now, we’re in something of a golden age, with bikes like the Pivot Trail 429 Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike, which doesn’t pedal like a road bike or descend like a DH sled, but it does both well enough that we’ve yet to find its limits this side of a full-on gravity run. Though it has X01 in the title, this build is kitted out with a curated blend of X01, GX1, and even Shimano at the brakes.
Mountain Bike Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon 275 S Complete. 5 S Complete Mountain Bike into slacker and longer realms for increased competency at higher speeds demanded by modern trail bikes, yet made sure to retain the original bike’s agile handling and pedaling efficiency. The features that cemented it as a highly versatile rig for all-day epics in the mountains and spirited rides winding across the local forest network. Slacker than ever, this version of the 5010 drops to a 66.
Cane Creek 110 Series Headset. So we’re happy to sell the Cane Creek 110-Series Headset. After all, it has a 110 year no-questions-asked warranty. You want a dependable, great looking headset to add style and performance to your bike? Look no further.
Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Hightower LT Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete. Of course, you can never have too much of a good thing and owners were already tweaking away at their HT’s in an attempt to eke out a little more travel, making them a bit more composed in enduro arenas. Around that same time, images started circulating showing Santa Cruz enduro racers on special Hightower machines that certainly had different linkages and rear ends. And before we knew it, Santa Cruz had production ready Hightower LT’s and enduro racers and aggressive trail riders had a new bike to aspire to own.
Shimano Unzen 14L Hydration Backpack. Its hydration-compatible construction helps ensure that a drink of water is always close at hand, while the roomy internal compartment provides space for extra layers, tools, gloves, and gear to handle changing conditions. The Rider Fit X-Harness is specially designed to adjust the fit quickly and easily on the move, such as to relax when you’re climbing, and then tighten up when you’re descending. An integrated rain cover helps protect all of your gear when you get stuck in a passing storm, and stashes away easily in a pocket when you’re not using it.
Shimano Unzen 6L Hydration Backpack. The Unzen comes with a tool organizer pocket, a fleece-lined pouch to protect the surfaces of electronics and sunglasses, and plenty of room to store lightweight body armor or extra layers on the outside, making it ideal for everything from winding singletrack days to traveling further on cross-country adventures. The external helmet holder makes packing up and out to the trailhead easier, while the removable waist belt helps keep the ache out of your shoulders on longer days through a stabilizing design, even when the pack is laden with supplies. And the bag’s breathable straps and back panel are designed to ensure you stay comfortable during hot days and more exposed rides.
Ultimate Direction Adventure Vesta 40. 0 to get you there and back with everything you need to adapt to the unexpected. Ultimate Direction took what worked with its original Adventure Vesta–front water bottle pocket, burrito pocket, and a large storage area in the back for additional layers and safety gear–and added its Comfort Cinch system to give the vest a secure, comfortable fit that can be adjusted on-the-fly while you’re running or resting. In addition to the vest’s adjustable fit system and myriad pockets, the Adventure Vesta also includes a rear bungee strap and trekking pole loops to keep your hands free when you’re scrambling up a steep ridge en route to your objective.
Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Coil Complete Bike. One way to take it up another level is throwing a coil rear shock on it and that’s exactly what Santa Cruz does with the Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Coil Complete Bike. Its lower link driven VPP platform is practically begging for a coil shock, and if this was our own bike, we’d probably go ahead and invest in an air shock too. Drop some weight or add a little more bottom out prevention with some more progression in the park afforded with an air spring and enjoy the extra plushness and traction that only comes from a coil that’s spec’d here for enduro racing and maybe even a few DH runs.
Travel Ortlieb Big Zip 140L Duffel. With the waterproof TIZIP zipper completely closed, the Big-Zip achieves a phenomenal IP67 waterproof rating, which means it’ll prevent whatever’s inside from getting wet under a meter of water for a little over thirty minutes. The PD620 fabric beads all the water off the duffel the moment you pull the bag out of the water, and it’s ruggedly abrasion- and tear-resistant for long-lasting durability.
Travel Ortlieb Rack Pack 49L. With a waterproof closure and stiffening bar, the Rack-Pack achieves an IP64 waterproof rating when rolled 3-4 times meaning it’ll prevent water splashes from reaching whatever’s inside. The PD620 fabric beads all the water off the duffel and the removable, padded shoulder strap with a snap hook makes carrying it a breeze. Its variable packing volume is achieved through its compression straps and roll closure and it’s easily accessed with a wide opening that makes it easy to fill and clean inside.
Travel Ultimate Direction Crew Bag 40L Duffel. This handy duffel is just the right size for a weekend trip to Yosepmite, or a week at the cabin if you’re a light packer. It unzips fully to reveal ample storage space and pockets for stashing your essentials, with a large main compartment to load up with all the gear you need. Each end features a zippered pocket for accessories, with a designated compartment for wet shoes and swimsuits if you don’t have time for things to dry after a day on the river.
Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Nomad S. Gaps, shuttle laps, and lift passes are the Nomad’s preferred business, and since it retains all the pedal-ability of Santa Cruz’s VPP suspension, it does you a favor when you have to pedal out. The build kit and aluminum frame extend ensure durability, as well as affordability, bringing the price to ride down to a more palatable level for self-sponsored flow artists. The previous Nomad was aimed squarely at enduro domination, but the newest generation is less of a dedicated race bike and more of a gravity rig that you can actually pedal uphill without struggling like other long-travel sleds.
Mens Clothing Race Face Ambush Knee Pad. Keep these personal propulsion machines intact while rocketing down trails with bumpy roots and sharp rock outcroppings with the Race Face Ambush Knee Pad. This set of knee pads features D30 padding, which remains soft and pliable while you’re pedaling, then firms up once it’s subjected to a crushing blow on the trail. Ultimately, this means the pad remains flexible and easy to pedal in, yet it offers heightened protection over soft knee pads on the market.
Mens Clothing SealSkinz Dragon Eye MTB Glove. The Sealskinz Dragon Eye MTB Glove takes a less-is-more approach with a sleek, padding-free design aimed at giving you grip and dexterity on the bars without boxing-glove bulk. The synthetic suede palm is responsible for grip, and it’s backed up by an anti-slip liner to hold your hands in-place inside the glove. Added touches like articulated knuckles, Lycra fingers, and an improved thumb design work to give you the same freedom of movement you’d have without gloves, while the completely waterproof outer liner protects your hands from weather and wind.
Mens Clothing Shred Optics Flexi Knee Pads Lite. You’d prefer something lighter, a little more breathable, and a hell of a lot more pedalbale, so toss on the Shred Optics Flexi Knee Pads Lite and get your shred on. These breathable sleeves offer flexible knee protection, thanks to SLYTECH foam that molds to your body and moves with you when you’re hammering up the trail. They are topped with anatomically-shaped spandex that stretches, and holds the pads in place, while an Armortex fabric covers the padding to protect against abrasion.
Boost Wheelset Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29in i9 set. In fact, Santa Cruz designed these carbon wheels to be the strongest on the market, going so far as to redesign the impact testing protocol used on traditional carbon rims in the development and engineering of their Reserve Wheelset. Instead of replicating the pothole-like impact test used on traditional carbon wheels, Santa Cruz developed their very own testing procedure that simulates one-sided impacts that normally occur when a rider lands on a square, protruding rock after getting airborne. As they began testing leading manufacturer’s carbon wheels, it became readily apparent that most carbon wheels not only broke along the expected bead, but they also failed along the spoke nipple interface, due to the drastic increase in spoke tension as the wheel flexed upon impact.
Boost Wheelset Santa Cruz Reserve 30 275in DT 350 set. 5in DT 350 Boost Wheelset is designed to take a serious beating out on the trail with its reinforced bead and spoke nipple interface. In fact, Santa Cruz designed their Reserve Wheels to be the strongest carbon hoops on the market through extensive research of critical failure points, going so far as to redesign the impact testing protocol used on traditional carbon rims. Instead of replicating the pothole-like impact test used on traditional carbon wheels, Santa Cruz developed their very own testing procedure that simulates one-sided impacts that normally occur when a rider lands on a square, protruding rock after getting airborne.
Drivetrain Rotor 1x Direct Mount Round Rings. Its direct-mount design allows it to be mounted straight onto the axle of its 2INpower DM Road, ALDHU, or VEGAST crankset. By reducing the number of individual parts, it’s possible to shave grams off the component weight and ease its assembly and maintenance down the road. The integrated configuration means a simplified lightweight solution without compromising durability.
Boost Wheelset Crank Brothers Synthesis XCT set 29in. Crank Brothers aims to change that with the Synthesis XCT Boost Wheelset. These new-age hoops are specifically tuned for XC racing, putting both stiffness and compliance together in a single wheelset by crafting one rear-specific wheel, with elevated stiffness for exceptional tracking, and the other front-specific, tuned for compliance, grip, handling, and a bit more vibration damping.