The tin lizard has ascended the evolutionary ladder and is now a fully-imagined carbon fiber creature. It’s Darwinism in action. Santa Cruz took the fun-loving, shreddy spirit and adjustability of the beloved aluminum Chameleon and added a lighter, faster, more advanced version of the species. It’s a do-it-all hardtail that is as happy making the most of backyard booter (mis)adventures as it is fully-loaded with camp gear and a color-matched dangle mug. The Chameleon changes to suit its environment. Twenty-niner or 27.5-plus, geared or single-speed, this adaptable hardtail utilizes a suite of simple, swappable dropouts to convert it from aggro trail charger to single-speed racer to husky bikepacking mule, or anything in between. Two bottle cage mounts, including a triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube mean you can escape from the crowds, too. Depending on setup and skill level, the Chameleon is capable on a wide range of terrain—aggressive trail riding to jump lines to all-around use. Going for maximum speed and rollability? Go 29er. Riding mostly loose terrain? Get some Plus tires that provide traction for days.
The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape. The Santa Cruz Tallboy muddles the line between XC and trail with 110mm of rear wheel travel paired with a 120mm Fox Rhythm 34 fork. Fast-rolling WTB ST i29 29er rims are wrapped in front- and rear-specific Maxxis tires selected to maximize speed and control. The Tallboy climbs almost as well as a straight-up cross-country bike, due in part to the 12 wide-ranging gears from SRAM’s NX Eagle drivetrain. But it shows its true colors when the trail turns downward, where SRAM Level T hydraulic brakes put precise control and reliable power at your fingertips and the brilliantly simple yet effective suspension design keeps you glued to your line without weighing you down. The Tallboy’s short-travel chassis gives it scalpel-like handling while maintaining tremendous trail capability. At first glance, 110mm of travel might seem like it’ll get overwhelmed on technical trails, but 110mm of travel designed and tuned by the experts at Santa Cruz will usher you through some pretty fast, hairy terrain long before waving the white flag, delivering the descending goods for a fraction of the climbing costs.
The Santa Cruz Hightower brings versatility and brawn to the game while hitting a sweet spot for aggressive trail riding. It sports 135mm of rear travel, fast-rolling 29er wheels, and a 67-degree head angle. The Hightower gives you the extra bit of confidence to let off the brakes and let 'er rip through the rough stuff. It feels well-balanced in the air and corners like a champ. At the same time, it has impeccable trail manners and pedals efficiently, so you won’t get that ‘too much bike’ feeling if you end up doing an extra lap or pushing your ride further into the hills. The C R build opens the door to high-performance, all-mountain riding. Its carbon C frame is of the same pedigree that proved carbon’s place in the world of mountain biking, offering unmatched durability and reliability. The R build rolls on trustworthy WTB ST i25 rims wrapped in Maxxis tires that offer precision handling and responsive traction. A 140mm RockShox Revelation fork and a Fox DPS shock pair well with Santa Cruz's VPP suspension. You’ll appreciate the SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain’s huge 12-gear range and crisp shifts that allow you to explore the steepest, most technical terrain out there. The Hightower’s SRAM Guide T brakes deliver high-power and precise control without any fluff, so your learning curve steepens with the trail.
$4,099.00 - $4,444.00
Forget wheel size debates, Pivot's Mach 429 Trail blurs lines just as much as it blurs the scenery. With 116mm of rear travel, short chainstays, and a slack head angle, the 429 Trail takes to technical descents like a true trail bike should. Hollow core, internal, high compression carbon molding and all the obsessive detailing you expect from Pivot, combined with dw-link suspension controlled by Fox, offers incredible pedaling efficiency and small bump compliance in a fast, nimble, and energy-efficient ride. The Mach 429 Trail RACE XT 1x build features a 130mm Fox 34 Performance fork, Shimano's dependable 1x11 XT drivetrain paired with Race Face Aeffect SL cranks, Sun Ringle Charger Comp wheels, and powerful Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes. Boost hub spacing provides increased rigidity as well as compatibility for a switch to 27.5+ for the increased traction and flotation plus-size tires provide. Add it all up, and the Mach 429 Trail is the perfect choice the next time you want to get rowdy on two wheels.
$4,699.00 - $5,119.00
Pivot’s Mach 429 SL is the 100mm 29er you want for ultimate power transfer efficiency and technical trail mastery. On climbs, you'll benefit from the latest in dw-link suspension design with a Fox Float DPS Kashima Factory shock that's performance-tuned specifically for the Mach 429SL. On the trip back down, the 100mm dw-link suspension performs like a longer travel bike, especially when combined with a Fox 34 Factory 120mm fork. Add the precision of a 12x148mm rear end and the rollover qualities of 29-inch wheels, and you’ve got the advantage in technical terrain and breakneck-speed descents. The Mach 429SL Pro X01 Eagle features the svelte Shimano XT 1x drivetrain, delivering a highly capable gear range with the smoothness that XT delivers every time. This race-ready drivetrain is paired with Shimano's legendary XT hydraulic disc brakes for maximum speed control when you need it most.
Pivot’s Mach 5.5 is truly a jack of all trades and master of every single one. Built on a high-modulus carbon frame, the 140mm of dw-link suspension unites concepts learned from both the XC and downhill domains. The result is a trail bike that claws its way up just about anything with unparalleled pedaling efficiency, then eats up square-edge bumps, sticking like glue to white-knuckle descents. Pivot dialed in that suspension control front and rear with a Fox DPS EVOL shock and 160mm Fox 36 Performance fork, both more than ready to tackle the A line where the C line scares off most. Harness the Mach 5.5’s built-in climbing prowess with a Shimano XT 1 x 11-speed drivetrain, knowing you can push your limits with the always-there power of XT brakes. And, wide Sun Ringle Duroc wheels roll on front- and rear-specific Maxxis 27.5 x 2.6 WT tires, giving you gallons of traction without spilling an ounce of speed.
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