New Santa Cruz Carbon 29er sneak preview

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Santa Cruz has just leaked pictures of its new 29er carbon hardtail. It doesn’t have a name yet (that they’re telling anyone anyway) and the details are deliberately vague, but they’ll be doing a full launch at the end of March.

Basically it’s a carbon 29er hardtail, with tapered head tube and wishbone back end. It features a normal threaded BB insert rather than the recent (and confusing) move towards multiple different press-fit BBs. It features a picture of a coctail glass and the name won’t include the words ‘boy’ or ‘knife’

Shiny black and red (the 49er version), or matte black with silver/white (raider nation)

The Santa Cruz Mojito perhaps? Sundowner? Tequila Sunrise?

A familar profile if you've sat aboard the Drive8 - a very pleasing flare from skinny at the seat tube to super-fat at the headtube...

...which is flared (natch) for tapered forks.

Neat back end with non-bandwagon IS brake mounts. Looks like there's room for metal dropout inserts there too.

Again a non-bandwagon BB shell with threaded inserts. Neato chainsuck plate too.

And why are there two blurry bikes in that photo? Is there something else they're hiding from us? That's certainly not one of the two colours above...

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Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 22 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running cycling magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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