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    How common are SC bikes in your area?

    Not sure if I'm in the minority, but I've only seen two riders on SC bikes (other than mine) down here in South Florida. I was actually surprised to find a Nomad, which is overkill for the trails here IMO. Is this the case all over? I also get compliments on the trails and at the LBS, which all seem to sell Specialized and Trek...

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    Wow, come to think of it, I can't remember seeing another one around my hood. I do ride a lot of private property though. I kind of like having a bike that isn't on every trail. Except for one bike, I would never buy anything from the big 4. They just don't do anything for me.

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    I've only seen a tallboy once or twice. I imagine I'll see more. One shop picked up Santa Cruz last year after dropping some other brands.

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    Oh yeah, I'm in St. Louis. Trek and Specialized dominate here. I have seen some Giants, a few Niners, two Scalpels riding together.

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    How common are SC bikes in your area?

    Quite a few in my area (Sacramento-ish). Lots of Tallboys, some Blur LT's, will usually see at least one on a busy trail day. Definitely more Spec than anything though. I've only ever seen two other TR's on the trail.

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    very common here. every other bike is a santa cruz or ibis. but then again Im in santa cruz

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    In So. Cal. they are very popular. Rarely do you go for a ride that you don't see another.
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    Common in Utah. Great bikes! I love my nomad

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    In the Boston area you see them every now and again. On my last ride I saw two Tallboys and a Superlight. At the riding events put together by the local clubs, there are always some riders on a Santa Cruz.

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    We see them every couple of weeks around the trails here in albuquerque. Funny thing is like us, they are not alone but in packs with other SC bike owners. Mainly tallboys.
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    front range Alberta, Canada...every second bike is SC
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    I understand what you mean though. I was once riding in a rural area outside bakersfield and met some riders at the trailhead afterwords who where like "woah is that bike carbon?" if you live or ride near an urban or well off area I think your bike perception is skewed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    In So. Cal. they are very popular. Rarely do you go for a ride that you don't see another.
    Yup . . . they are everywhere out here. See one (besides mine! ) on just about every ride.
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    Australia .. only ever seen them in my LBS. Yet to see another out in the wild
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    I've seen a couple in Oregon. Fat Tire Farm here is a dealer, although they only usually have a couple.

    I did see a Foes yesterday. *drool*

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    Most common bike I see on SF Bay Area trails that I hit. But then again, we are just 45 minutes from SC. My LBS picked up my bike directly from the SC factory.

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    Here in Colorado it would be rare to ride and not see one. We see all kinds TB's, Nomad's, Blur LT's and a lot of old school SC's as well.
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    I've only seen a hand full of SC's in my area of north Florida. Tons of Treks, Specialize, Scott's, and Giant's.
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    I have lived in two areas recently. In Northern, VA I have seen a few Santacruzs over the years but not many. The ones I have seen are Blur XC(c) and some Blur LT(c). There are a couple nomads on the trails, when I comes to downhill there are a fair amount of V10's in the area but still not a ton. You see many many more of the big Three than anything else in very type of riding.

    In Canberra Australia I have only seen one other Santacruz and it was a Nomad like mine, though it was built up as a trail bike. I do see more small builder in Australia than in the US (by percentage) but its still dominated by the big companys (even for upper end bikes)

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    In Houston I've seen a group of 3 riders on Tallboy carbons. I've seen 2 Superlights (26"), 1 Blur XC & 1 Blur LT. Most of the bikes I see are from larger companies, although I do see quite a few Ibis Mojos.

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    I am one of 2 riders on a Tallboy LT in my area....the other one is one of the shop's employees. The Tallboys are supposed to be selling very well in the area but I haven't seen another on on the trails yet.
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    There were 2 in my ride group yesterday (mine and a tallboy). Saw at least 3 others on the trails.
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    you'll be seeing three more this summer

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    There were 2 in my ride group yesterday (mine and a tallboy). Saw at least 3 others on the trails.
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    In Northern Illinois, the group of guys I ride with, there are 3 Blurs, a Heckler, a Bullit, a Carbon Nomad, and 2 Aluminium Nomads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by max_croft View Post
    Australia .. only ever seen them in my LBS. Yet to see another out in the wild
    Yep, they're pretty rare in Melb; however, on a ride a few days ago I met a guy test riding a TBc from the LBS. The inevitable discussion of TB vs TBLT occurred.

    Only ever seen one other person on a SC bike.

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    In Aveiro Portugal are many Santa Cruz bicycles like priests at Vatican, Porche's in Stutgart or Ferrari's in Maranello.
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    Spoke to soon, saw a young kid on a Superlight at the trails today. He was pretty stoked about my Blur XC - "Is that carbon???"
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    Have not seen much here in Queens, NY. Let alone a TB except the shop where I picked it up from. Now on a TB LTc, not another one so far.

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    Very common. About 1 in 10 in the parking lot and more like 1 in 4 of the bikes I meet deep in the trail system.
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    Austin TX, I see quite a bit. Not near as many as like Specialized or Trek, but it is not a rare occurence. Mostly Tallboys with Superlights, Blurs and the occasional Nomad thrown in. I dont see many Butchers or Nickels or Hecklers really either (which seems kinda strange)

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    Pretty rare in CT but I see more every year. What I don't see are the 29ers. Mostly Blurs and Chameleons, Hecklers and Superlights.
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    Central East PA - They aren't super common despite having a SC dealer 15 min from my house. I've seen a handful of Hecklers and Nomads, with the occasional Superlight and Bullet. Oddly enough, I've never seen someone else on a Blur LTc. Guess I'm an outcast.

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    At the Fat Tire Farm in Portland, Or we have V-10's, Blur TR-C, Blur TR-AL, Tallboy C, Tallboy AL, Tallboy LT-C, Tallboy LT-Al, Nomad C, Suplerlight 29, Highball AL and Juliana's in stock. Not all sizes and not all colors and not all the time, but we like to stock and show what the bike looks like in most models. Last year we had in demo just Tallboy C and Blur TR-C. This year we have Tallboy C and Tallboy LT-C in demo. We are looking to add more bikes to demo also this year.

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    I live in Boise, Idaho. I don't see a SC on every ride but it's not exactly a rare occurance when I do. George's is the BIG bike shop in town. They have 3 stores all in Boise. They are a Specialized and Santa Cruz dealer. If you go in there the very first thing they do is try and persuade you to buy a Specialized. Kinda irks me TBH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLD80 View Post
    I live in Boise, Idaho. I don't see a SC on every ride but it's not exactly a rare occurance when I do. George's is the BIG bike shop in town. They have 3 stores all in Boise. They are a Specialized and Santa Cruz dealer. If you go in there the very first thing they do is try and persuade you to buy a Specialized. Kinda irks me TBH.
    That's the Big S for ya . . . one of myriad reasons I will not buy a Specialized bike. I currently have one of their saddles and it bothers me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    That's the Big S for ya . . . one of myriad reasons I will not buy a Specialized bike. I currently have one of their saddles and it bothers me.
    I am like the OP where I tend to like having something different than everybody else. I love being on the trail and knowing every other bike isn't going to be the same bike I'm on. Even if I do see another SC bike they are usually frame up builds so the bikes aren't copies of each other. My Tallboy LTc is my first SC bike and the looks/comments I get about it is pretty cool. I never got that when I had my Enduro.

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    How common are SC bikes in your area?

    Trek and specialized dominated around my area in mass.

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    How common are SC bikes in your area?

    I just picked finished building a 08 Santa Cruz blur xc. And I haven't seen any Santa Cruz in my area so I will be glad to ride my new build and rep Santa Cruz on my own!! I haven't even ridden it on the trails yet but around my yard has been eye opening especially coming from riding a built 2010 specialized hard rock disc

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    Trek and specialized dominated around my area in mass.
    I'm sorry to hear that.

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    I live in south eastern Michigan, it is pretty much a xc country. People here are brainwashed by Specialized marketing. Every other bike is a Specialized, then there is Giant and Trek. SC is very rare. The most common SC here is the Tallboy, which I have seen like 4 times in past 2 years. I have never seen a Highball except the one in my basement.

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    Not too many in Dallas Texas, but there are a few, maybe 1 in 15-20. I see mostly Specialized around here, the big bike shop (3 locations strong) pushes them pretty hard. In fact when I asked the sales guy at one of those 3 shops (they're also a Santa Cruz dealer) about SC, he shrugged his shoulders, said "meh, they're ok, take a look at this Stumpjumper over here". So glad I listened to the advice of my close friends, rather than the salesman, my TBLTc is solid, wouldn't trade it for anything else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
    very common here. every other bike is a santa cruz or ibis. but then again Im in santa cruz
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    I see them all the time here in AZ. I did a quad 12 hour race a few months ago and two other guys on my team had bought SC TB with out me knowing it so we had 3 SC and 1 specialized.

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    In norcal which is their home territory there are tons. From what I see on the trails the most popular brand is Specialized, followed by Santa Cruz.

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    I also belong to that "religion" in Aveiro - Portugal, it's very common that all the riders in the group all have SC.
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    Re: How common are SC bikes in your area?

    An update. Since starting to work on trail building for a park going in near my house I have run I to 2 other owners. One a carbon Nomad and the other a Butcher owner. We also happen to be the most dedicated on the trail building besides one other guy with an Epic....related....I think not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban View Post
    I've seen a couple in Oregon. Fat Tire Farm here is a dealer, although they only usually have a couple.

    I did see a Foes yesterday. *drool*
    Got mine from FTF. Now in Dublin Ireland and haven't seen one here yet.
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    very interesting thread. in atlanta,ga where i am the sc brand is rare compared to specialized, trek and giant and then the myriad of other lower brands. in races they do come out of hiding a little more than what i see on the trail every day. i have a friend that rides a carbon blt and i've seen about 7 or 8 blurs, 1 nickel, and two or three tb's. a brand that i've seen starting to come neck and neck with sc are the yeti's. my friend just bought a sb95 turqoise(only seen one....ever).

    I like the sc because when people see it they recognize the quality no matter what they are riding. This is one reason why i bought it. it rocks and i love it.

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    @ Panicattack I'm also from south Florida, I ride a SC superlight 29er and barely see anyone ride SC down here. Like you said the majority rides specialized & trek. I have seen some tallboys at markham. Yesterday I did see some one riding i think a butcher at amelia.
    I personally love my bike, and SC bikes in general. Im planning on doing some upgrades to my bike eventually, and with the old parts I want to get a hardball frame to build up

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    Central Ontario is loaded with SC's. Most of the people I ride with are on either Hecklers or Blur LTc's...
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