We love Santa Cruz.
They make bikes to ride on dirt.
Their official website is here: http://www.santacruzmtb.com
The bikes are solid.
The breakdown looks like this:
These are the least expensive bikes, because they are the most simple. We carry the Superlight. It is, in fact, Superlight. We didn’t carry them last year because the bike was a bit too twitchy for the Front Range.
Santa Cruz Superlight 29er – superb value 29er, fun 4″ of climb-descend-lube and repeat.
VIRTUAL PIVOT POINT
We like to tell people that the bike pedals better than most other designs out there. Here is why: Your pedal forces are counter acting on the suspension forces; While you spin smoothly, the suspension is less active. That means while you are hammering on a climb, the suspension isn’t nearly as active as when you are coasting down a crazy rocky creek bed. The shorter linkages lend itself to a stiff, active and controllable platform on the nastiest of terrain.
VPP is found on:
Santa Cruz Tallboy LT-C – 5.3″ of “Oh, man did I just clear that?!?” travel in a 29er.
Tight on the climbs, slack on the descents.
Santa Cruz Blur LT-C – 5.5″ of travel in its Carbon form factor
Santa Cruz Blur LT – 5.5″ of travel from Aluminum
Santa Cruz V-10 – 10″ of downhill pleasure.
Trail Bike Price Guidelines can be found here. Check it out.