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    Which Santa Cruz would work best for my needs?

    I am looking to purchase a full suspension bike in the next couple of months. I'm leaning towards Santa Cruz because of all the great reviews. My problem is I'm not sure which one would work best for the local trails. I'lll be riding single track most of the time. I also plan on making frequent trips to Mountain Creek and Whyndam bike parks. I guess I'm asking which model would work best for all types of riding? Thanks for any input!!

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    Bronson

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    I can't speak for any other bikes except the Tallboy, but I'm extremely happy with my S.C. bike and their customer service. I ride aggressive single track, rocky/rooty with some good climbing and good down hill sections, and I couldn't be happier.
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    Probably Bronson if you are going to hit the park

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    V10 if you want to ride the park -- Bronson if you want the park to ride you

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    Which Santa Cruz would work best for my needs?

    Nomad, nothing else if you want to do bikepark too...


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    Would love to buy the Nomad, but it's a bit outside my price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowmada View Post
    Would love to buy the Nomad, but it's a bit outside my price range.
    I would agree with the Nomad and Bronson comments. Since you mentioned price as a factor (isn't it for all of us), don't under estimate the Heckler. The heckler comes with lower end options now but, the frame is basic and quite capable. Get a used 6 inch coil fork and a coil shock on the heckler frame and you have a budget friendly all mountain/light free ride bike. It won't be a nomad or bronson or firebird, etc, etc but, it will be capable and durable. I rode a heckler for years with that level of setup and I am nothing more than an average rider (i.e. case some doubles form time to time, land drops with the grace of a yeti on occasion) and never broke the thing. 20 ft doubles and 10 foot drops with an average skilled rider. I never spent all day in a bike park with it though, I think it could handle it from time to time (it is not a bikepark bike) but, I am not sure that I could have.

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    Which Santa Cruz would work best for my needs?

    Maybe wait for the cheaper carbon models? But I am not sure if there will be one for the nomad...


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    Heckler or Bronson.

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    Buy a used Bronson or Nomad if price is an issue. New bikes are coming out soon, so the prices should be dropping.

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    Which Santa Cruz would work best for my needs?

    New Bikes coming Out soon?
    Any details on that?


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    I think he means new model year, 2015.

    Wouldn't limit myself to one brand especially with all the clearance deals over the next few months.

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    The Bronson would be the best Santa Cruz for what you are looking for, but look at other brands to compare. Just because you like Santa Cruz as a brand doesn't mean you will like their bikes the best.
    Look at the Scott Genius and the Rocky Mountain Altitude Rallye Edition.
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