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    Good job! Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!

    When the Bronson came out, that was the bike I wanted even though it had more travel than I needed. Santa Cruz has answered my pleas. The Santa Cruz Solo Carbon and Aluminum.

    Santa Cruz Bicycles SOLO CARBON

    Notice the carbon frame weighs 5.06 lbs and the aluminum 5.73 lbs. Not much difference there compared to the Bronson.

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    The main page says the following:
    Frame Weight: 2295g (5.06lbs) for size M, carbon

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    Looks pretty sweet!

    I'm wondering if they will offer the downtube protection like on the Bronson. I did not see one in the website pics.
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    What's up with the black and green colorway? Reminds me of the Ripley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyPunx View Post
    When the Bronson came out, that was the bike I wanted even though it had more travel than I needed. Santa Cruz has answered my pleas. The Santa Cruz Solo Carbon and Aluminum.

    Santa Cruz Bicycles SOLO CARBON

    Notice the carbon frame weighs 5.06 lbs and the aluminum 5.73 lbs. Not much difference there compared to the Bronson.
    Yep. This is the 650B TRc I've been waiting for. Kudos to SC for finally releasing it
    That orange looks amazing!
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    Did they release the bike yet in the USA? If not, when?

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    Nice bike but goddam expensive

    Starts at $4199 up to $10255 for the bling build
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    Aluminum starts at 3299. Still not cheap. I don't see any info about frames being available but iirc most Santa cruz's are available frame only. Anyone have any info on frame only?
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    I'm stoked to see bikes like this finally coming out. There's sure to be more to follow, and choice is a good thing!

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    13.1 BB height is just stupid IMO for a trail bike. Would it have killed them to make it 13.5/13.6" to make it a bit more technical terrain friendly? Pass
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    skidad- convert it to a 29'er, problem solved. I kid! I kid!
    I think there's a trend within the trend that helps SC define their product spectrum. If they go too high with the bottom bracket they get into the realm longer travel which they have covered with the Bronson. The faster cornering of the lower BB puts this bike in xc/trail race category which they need to keep evolving to stay competitive with their... competitors. Pivot has done the same with their 429's and I wouldn't be surprised if they release a 427.5 with a similar spec (Dealer Camp? Please, please, please). I like this spec sheet, especially with a 130mm fork. It is good to see more commitment to the 650b platform.
    I agree with the comment above about the orange frame. Winner! But I'm biased as it is one of our team colors. The black/green will need some ano-bling to make it pop enough for me. White- zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (no offense intended to any white bike owners)

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    Why is this thing so expensive? The all out xt kit is crazy, $6,000? Really? The LTC is cheaper in price and it would seem to be more expensive due to more materials need to make it. I don't hate the orange color but I personally wouldn't spend that money on it. I sure like the white aluminum color with silver and black. This looks to be a really outstanding bike. Why only one color for the carbon?

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    The Solo carbon is also available in matte black, with some green graphics.

    I'm waiting for these to be available as frame-only.

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    It's available in Matte black with green highlights:

    Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!-solo-34-black.jpg

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    I MUST go to Scotland some day.
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    Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    13.1 BB height is just stupid IMO for a trail bike. Would it have killed them to make it 13.5/13.6" to make it a bit more technical terrain friendly? Pass
    Well before SC put out the news on the Solo, I went ahead and bought a Tall Boy carbon figuring the 650b equivalent of that bike would be year or two down the road. Whoops. BB height on TB close to Solo. but the good news is it hasn't bothered me much in the 3 weeks I've ridden the bike. Like the TB much, but woulda got a Solo if I knew it was in the pipeline. The SC dealer knew I was a tweener fan and offered the Bronson, but I said it was too heavy and more travel than I needed. So I settled for TBc. The Solo was never mentioned.
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    The solo is a beautiful bike, it's the same geometry as the new women's Fertado but it has more build options. The only carbon option in the women's version is $6,000! How much weight do you think I would be adding to ge the Solo Carbon with the base build kit? Although the carbon is not much lighter it sounds like the benefits and resale value outweigh the initial cost.
    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juliecoleman View Post
    How much weight do you think I would be adding to ge the Solo Carbon with the base build kit? Although the carbon is not much lighter it sounds like the benefits and resale value outweigh the initial cost.
    Thoughts?
    I was wondering the same thing. I'm debating between the RAM27 and the SPXAM27 kits. I was thinking about getting the RAM27 and begin saving money to buy better components to my liking and shave some weight, but I could just splurge and get the SPXAM27 kit and be totally happy with it. Decisions....decisions (and additional funds!!!!)

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    I am not sure I would be able to tell the difference between the two build kits. I wish I could just go with xt components but just can't justify. I read that the carbon weighed 26lbs but I wonder with which build kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juliecoleman View Post
    I read that the carbon weighed 26lbs but I wonder with which build kit?
    At 26lbs, I would imagine that's the top of the line kit with the Enve carbon wheels. Anybody knows??

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    Low bottom bracketis lame in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    Ye, very cool riding there. While the Bronson vid looked like a lot of fun, I like this one better. Since I'm no racer, I'm able to identify more with this kind of riding. Scotland is definitely one for the bucket list
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    Has anybody else noticed that the aluminum version has gained more than a pound in the last 2 days?
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1Gel View Post
    Has anybody else noticed that the aluminum version has gained more than a pound in the last 2 days?
    Yep, it has gained some weight. It also seems the Tallboy LTc is no longer in the line-up. The first victim of the 650b/27.5 craze ???

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    TB LTC is still available. The Solo pic/stuff just covers the link. That would be a bold move to axe that popular model. They do have some overlap and I have to wonder how many Superlights and Hecklers they actually produce at this point.

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    If I can save at least a pound over the Nickel I currently have I would be tempted to replace with the aluminum frame as the lower BB and 125mm travel would be all I need here, but I can't see much reason to swap out the Nickel yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Well before SC put out the news on the Solo, I went ahead and bought a Tall Boy carbon figuring the 650b equivalent of that bike would be year or two down the road. Whoops. BB height on TB close to Solo. but the good news is it hasn't bothered me much in the 3 weeks I've ridden the bike. Like the TB much, but woulda got a Solo if I knew it was in the pipeline. The SC dealer knew I was a tweener fan and offered the Bronson, but I said it was too heavy and more travel than I needed. So I settled for TBc. The Solo was never mentioned.
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    Dealers get no heads up from SCruz on new models, DWT, so I doubt you got played, if that's the insinuation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSchwagman View Post
    I MUST go to Scotland some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Well before SC put out the news on the Solo, I went ahead and bought a Tall Boy carbon figuring the 650b equivalent of that bike would be year or two down the road. Whoops. BB height on TB close to Solo. but the good news is it hasn't bothered me much in the 3 weeks I've ridden the bike. Like the TB much, but woulda got a Solo if I knew it was in the pipeline. The SC dealer knew I was a tweener fan and offered the Bronson, but I said it was too heavy and more travel than I needed. So I settled for TBc. The Solo was never mentioned.
    I still think the TBc is one of the best do-it-all bikes out there, at least for me. It is fast and efficient for XC racing, playful and tossable (for a 29er), it climbs great, and it makes a great trailbike on pretty much any terrain. The handling is fairly quick but still stable at speed. I recently got the RP23 shock tuned by PUSH, and now it's even better.

    I also have a 650b TRc. In comparison to the TBc, the TRc is a little more playful and tossable. It also feels a little more balanced going over obstacles, and just feels like it fits me really well (I'm 5'7"). It is also better going downhill and really rails fast corners. On the other hand, it doesn't climb as well, it's not as efficient pedaling, and the suspension feels wallowy mid-stroke, and the TBc is better in the slow-speed technical stuff and rock gardens.

    I built the 650b TRc as an experiment, wondering if it might replace the TBc, but if I could keep just one bike it would still be the TBc. I can set the suspension stiffer for XC racing or smoother trails, and set it more plush for rocky trail rides. It just does everything really well.

    When SOLO framesets become available, I'd kind of like to get one and swap the parts over from the TRc. This is based on the reports on how well the Bronson pedals and climbs (hoping it will translate to the Solo), and also to be able to fit fatter 650b tires than on the TRc. However, the taller BB on the TRc conversion works better in the rocky terrain I ride, and I'm not sure if the Solo will be significantly different from my 650b TRc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSchwagman View Post
    I MUST go to Scotland some day.
    I assume this is in reference to the video of Steve Pete riding the SC SOLO solo? If so, DITTO!

    Just a man, a bike, a mountain....and a helicopter and film crew. But seriously, everything about that video had a perfect quality to it including (and especially) the ending. Brilliant, all of it.

    Without the viewer even considering that it is an ad, it had to entertain you, stun you with compelling scenery, tell you a story and draw you in, cast a spell and enchant you, showcase a product and show what the product can do.....seamlessly, in a few minutes with a great song.

    Gorgeous country.

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    re: Scotland - just don't go when the midges are out - little b'stards...........

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    If money is an issue, as it was for me when I built up my Blur LT, I'd go with the RAM kit. It's a solid build to start with, and you can upgrade parts over time. You can ride the mediocre parts like the wheelset and brakes and wait for the good deals to roll around. I ended up with basically the SPXAM2x10 kit with an XTR wheelset over the course of about a year. And it cost a lot less than the $1200 difference between the two kit levels.


    Quote Originally Posted by RallyPunx View Post
    I was wondering the same thing. I'm debating between the RAM27 and the SPXAM27 kits. I was thinking about getting the RAM27 and begin saving money to buy better components to my liking and shave some weight, but I could just splurge and get the SPXAM27 kit and be totally happy with it. Decisions....decisions (and additional funds!!!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    13.1 BB height is just stupid IMO for a trail bike. Would it have killed them to make it 13.5/13.6" to make it a bit more technical terrain friendly? Pass
    Lots of people ride trailbikes with low BB's in tech terrain. Learn how to time pedal strokes.

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    agreed. 13" is spot on for a low travel frame like this. just needs a slacker hta...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    Lots of people ride trailbikes with low BB's in tech terrain. Learn how to time pedal strokes.
    I'm sure plenty of people do it just a personal pet peeve I have for living in New England where often times there seems to be more rock than dirt. So many places here where ratcheting pedals is gonna do jack for you. Most serious riders here their pedals look like they've been through a grinder and an additional 1/2" BB height can have quite a benefit on impacts. 13.1" (for a FS bike) is not for me for the stuff I tend to ride through. 13.5" is my cutoff with 13.75" about ideal. Just me, that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AptosRider View Post
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    nice one! haahah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    I'm sure plenty of people do it just a personal pet peeve I have for living in New England where often times there seems to be more rock than dirt. So many places here where ratcheting pedals is gonna do jack for you. Most serious riders here their pedals look like they've been through a grinder and an additional 1/2" BB height can have quite a benefit on impacts. 13.1" (for a FS bike) is not for me for the stuff I tend to ride through. 13.5" is my cutoff with 13.75" about ideal. Just me, that's all.
    13.1" is a little low for me as well. I can sort of adjust to it, but when I put 650b wheels on my TRc the taller BB was an improvement in the east coast rocky terrain I ride.

    I'd like to swap my TRc frame for a SOLO, mainly in order to fit bigger tires, but the BB height might make the 650b TRc a better choice for me.

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    The shop near me looked up pricing on an Aluminum frameset: around $2000. The difference in price between the Alloy Bronson(base model) and Alloy Solo (base model) is about $300. I personally like the Solo more, but question whether its worth spending the extra coin to get more travel that I might want later anyway. That is where I'm at, oh and stashing my money away so I can order one when I make my decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Well before SC put out the news on the Solo, I went ahead and bought a Tall Boy carbon figuring the 650b equivalent of that bike would be year or two down the road. Whoops. BB height on TB close to Solo. but the good news is it hasn't bothered me much in the 3 weeks I've ridden the bike. Like the TB much, but woulda got a Solo if I knew it was in the pipeline. The SC dealer knew I was a tweener fan and offered the Bronson, but I said it was too heavy and more travel than I needed. So I settled for TBc. The Solo was never mentioned.
    first Solo, now TB 2... double whammy...

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    Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!

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    first Solo, now TB 2... double whammy...
    Ouch. Solo much bigger whammy than TB2
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    Demo..Demo..Demo!! 5'9" 180lbs 32 inseam. I currently ride large TBc. When the Solo and Bronson came out I felt one of these two bikes would fill in the gaps the TBc was missing: tires a bit too big and skinning, slow starts, didn't let me take the lines my 26er would, not as playful on the 2-3 foot drops/jumps. On paper I was totally sold on the Bronson. I demoed it and had a blast. A bit heavy on the ascents but more travel and better tire size for me. Last minute I decided to try out the Solo on a few of my favorite trails. I am sooo glad I did. $100 well spent. The solo is right in between the TBc and Bronson IMHO. Unless I'm dropping/jumping 4-5 feet everyday it's def not the bike for me. I climbed faster on the Solo than my TBc and actually felt my decents handled better than then Bronson. Way more flickable and able to handle 2-3 drops/jumps just as good if not better then the Bronson. Ordered the Solo same day as demo. If your on the fence and trying out in the parking lot you won't understand the capabilities of the bikes. You have to demo. I was sold on the Bronson in the stores parking lot but did a 180' after demoing both. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtocountry View Post
    Demo..Demo..Demo!! 5'9" 180lbs 32 inseam. I currently ride large TBc. When the Solo and Bronson came out I felt one of these two bikes would fill in the gaps the TBc was missing: tires a bit too big and skinning, slow starts, didn't let me take the lines my 26er would, not as playful on the 2-3 foot drops/jumps. On paper I was totally sold on the Bronson. I demoed it and had a blast. A bit heavy on the ascents but more travel and better tire size for me. Last minute I decided to try out the Solo on a few of my favorite trails. I am sooo glad I did. $100 well spent. The solo is right in between the TBc and Bronson IMHO. Unless I'm dropping/jumping 4-5 feet everyday it's def not the bike for me. I climbed faster on the Solo than my TBc and actually felt my decents handled better than then Bronson. Way more flickable and able to handle 2-3 drops/jumps just as good if not better then the Bronson. Ordered the Solo same day as demo. If your on the fence and trying out in the parking lot you won't understand the capabilities of the bikes. You have to demo. I was sold on the Bronson in the stores parking lot but did a 180' after demoing both. Hope this helps!
    I have to agree, I have owned all 3 of these bike's in carbon form and at the time of buying the Tallboy LTc the Bronson had just been released and the Solo was not available, the Tallboy was a great bike but I had a regret of not getting the Bronson so I bought one of those too. I found myself faster uphill on the Bronson and loved riding down on it superb all round.

    When the Nomad was released I had to have one as I have always owned a Nomad from day one of their release, at this point I had a total shake up of my bikes and sold the Bronson any the Tallboy, I'm glad I did as I now own a Solo and Nomad, the Solo is an awesome bike very fast and super capable down it actually rivals the Bronson in my eyes even though it's a shorter travel rig, I have a 130mm Pike on it which keeps it light and stiff in the front end and have now just fitted a rockshox monarch debonair but not ridden it yet with this setup.
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    Re: Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by spooney View Post
    I have to agree, I have owned all 3 of these bike's in carbon form and at the time of buying the Tallboy LTc the Bronson had just been released and the Solo was not available, the Tallboy was a great bike but I had a regret of not getting the Bronson so I bought one of those too. I found myself faster uphill on the Bronson and loved riding down on it superb all round.

    When the Nomad was released I had to have one as I have always owned a Nomad from day one of their release, at this point I had a total shake up of my bikes and sold the Bronson any the Tallboy, I'm glad I did as I now own a Solo and Nomad, the Solo is an awesome bike very fast and super capable down it actually rivals the Bronson in my eyes even though it's a shorter travel rig, I have a 130mm Pike on it which keeps it light and stiff in the front end and have now just fitted a rockshox monarch debonair but not ridden it yet with this setup.
    You have one of the best of today's 2 bikes combo in my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzanova View Post
    You have one of the best of today's 2 bikes combo in my eyes.
    I have to agree, and don't think I'll be looking to change in a hurry, by the way the nomad is also a great all round bike pedals very well.
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    Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by spooney View Post
    I have to agree, I have owned all 3 of these bike's in carbon form
    Whoa, own a bike shop or work in Silicon Valley? :-)


    at the time of buying the Tallboy LTc the Bronson had just been released and the Solo was not available, the Tallboy was a great bike but I had a regret of not getting the Bronson so I bought one of those too. I found myself faster uphill on the Bronson and loved riding down on it superb all round.
    DITTO. If the Solo had been out, would have bought that instead of Tall Boyc and saved myself mucho dinero. I already owned a Jamis 650b trail bike, so I thought, why not a 29'er XC bike ? (I bought the 120mm travel version)

    I gave it a full season of use but just never got into it. It felt unwieldy & sluggish to me. Had to customize crank to get gearing low enough for my aging body to climb on the wagon wheels. Crank was triple converted to "ghetto " double: bash-30-24.
    This June I sold the sucker at a huge loss on eBay. Buyer was from Colorado and happy with the customized crank.

    Next bike will be light 650b trail bike (140mm travel) for sure, preferably sub 25 lbs

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    Santa Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!-image.jpgSanta Cruz Solo - 27.5, 125mm Travel. Pleas Answered!!!-image.jpg

    Unfortunately just work too hard to ride them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spooney View Post
    Unfortunately just work too hard to ride them.
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    Sooo True, but is a necessary evil can't have one without the other
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