Spoke Magazine

Santa Cruz goes Solo

Posted by Brett S Kennedy on Monday June 3 2013

Santa Cruz have been well busy, with the recent releases of the Bronson, the Juliana range, and now another new Medium-sized wheel bike has been added to their line-up, the Solo.

The Solo uses 125mm of VPP suspension, kinda like a Blur with slightly bigger wheels or a Tallboy with slightly smaller ones. It comes in alloy or carbon versions and frame only options.

Here’s the official word from Santa Cruz:

With Bronson-mania still at full throttle, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d burned out on big launches for the year. But the story’s just begun. Solo pushes further into the realms of 27.5″ possibilities. Developed using what we learned from Bronson, it takes the design platform in a different direction.
The low bottom bracket height, shorter chainstays and 125mm of progressive VPP™ suspension give Solo its snappy, nimble, ride. A 68 degree head angle adds climbing agility into the equation, while a 5 lb carbon frame weight define Solo as the tool for that back country mission you’ve always planned.
Responsibly offered in Mountain Rescue Orange, Solo goes where no bike has gone before.

125mm travel VPP™ suspension.

27.5″ wheels

Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Colors: Carbon: Gloss Orange or Matte Carbon

Aluminum: Gloss Orange or Gloss White

12 ENVE decal choices

Fork options: Standard: 32 Float 130 CTD Evolution
Upgrade: 32 Float 130 CTD Adjust Kashima

Shock options: Standard: Custom tuned Fox Float CTD Evolution
Upgrade: Custom tuned Float CTD Adjust Boost Valve Kashima

Total frame weight: 5.06 lb (for size M, carbon)

142 mm rear axle spacing

2 bottle cage mounts

Forged upper and lower links

Double-sealed pivots with grease ports for low maintenance

Collet axle pivots and angular contact bearings maximize stiffness

Standard or direct mount rear derailleur hanger option

ISCG-05 tabs for chain guide compatibility.

Stealth and external seatpost cable routing.

73mm threaded BB: creak-free riding and easy installation

Molded rubber frame protection

A tasty little video of Peaty going Solo in Scotland…

Santa Cruz Solo from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.