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Santa Cruz has been busy revamping its line around the new 27.5 wheel size. Following hard on the heels of the VPP-equipped Solo trail bike, the company unveils the single-pivot Bantam.
Both bikes share the same 125mm of travel and trail-friendly 68-degree head angle, but the Bantam utilizes a single-pivot suspension system that reduces the bike’s cost—and maintenance—though with some loss of pedaling and braking performance.
The Bantam frame is sculpted from aluminum and features two bottle-cage mounts, 142x 12mm rear thru-axle, ISCG-05 tabs for chainguides and a 73mm threaded bottom bracket. It also has durable collet-style axle pivots and a tapered head tube that accepts an Angleset, which allows riders to fine tune their head angle.
The Bantam frame costs $1,300 with a Fox Float CTD Evolution shock. Complete bikes start at $2,600. shock.
Watch the Bantam in action: