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2011 Santa Cruz Nickel All Mountain Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
2011 Santa Cruz Nickel Bike X9 XC Kit
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Awesome Trail Bike

The Good:

Tapered Head tube,
Best Bang for your Buck,

The Bad:

Apparently Santa Cruz will no longer be making this frame.

Overall Review:

I'm reviewing the 2012 model although I don't think there is anything different from the 2011 model, other than a different colored Santa Cruz logo. I have been currently riding this bike for 6 months and I do not have any major complaints. In fact, I don't have any complaints.

This bike is incredibly fun to ride. The best thing about this bike is it has the trail bike geometry without loads of travel. At only 120mm of travel this bike can still pedal with the best XC bikes but can out descend them all. I wanted a flowy, jumpy, pedally xc bike and this is all that and more. This bike does everything from a XC ride to an all mountain descent. It can be pushed, and pushed hard.

Before I rode the bike I upgraded the stock parts to a new thomson 70mm stem, thomson post, sunline wide bars, shimano xt trail brakes, sram x9 derraileur, sram x9 shifter, specialized purgatory tires, gamut p30 chainguide, shimano slx trail pedals, odi lock on grips, and e-thirteens single speed cranks. My currenty set up is 1x10 with a 36 in the rear and 34 up front.

I would recommend this bike to anyone who rides a lot of trails but doesn't want a dedicated XC race bike but also doesn't want a full blown All Mountain bike. This bike falls directly in between the two categories. It would be the perfect choice for a rider who doesn't live in mountains but still loves to ride aggressive trails.


Product Santa Cruz Nickel All Mountain Bike
Model Year 2011
Riding Type Cross-Country, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
XS, S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size XS S M L XL
Top Tube Length 20.5 21.8 23.0 24.0 25.0
Head Tube Angle 68° 68° 68° 68° 68°
Head Tube Length 3.9 3.9 4.3 4.7 5.5
Seat Tube Angle 73.0 72.5 72.5 72.5 72.5
Seat Tube Length 15.4 16.1 17.0 19.0 20.5
Bottom Bracket Height 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6
Chainstay Length 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7 16.7
Wheelbase 41.1 42.2 42.4 44.4 45.5
Standover 27.4 28.1 28.3 29.0 29.6
Wheel Size
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details
Rear Travel 125mm
Rear Shock Float R
Fork 32 Float RL 130mm Taper
Fork Travel
Head Tube Diameter
Headset Cane Creek S3 1 1/8", Cane Creek Tapered or upgrade to a Chris King 1 1/8" +$91 or Chris King
Handlebar Easton EC 70 31.8mm
Stem Easton EA 70 31.8mm
Grips Lizard Skin Charger
Brakes Avid Elixir CR w/ 160mm rotors
Brake Levers
Shifters Shimano M770 (XT)
Front Derailleur Shimano M770 or M771 (XT)
Rear Derailleur Shimano M773 SGS (XT)
Cranks Shimano M770 24/32/42 (XT)
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Chain Shimano HG 94 (XT)
Cassette Shimano M771, 11-36 (XT)
Rims DT XR400 rim
Hubs DT 350 rear hub and DT 350 15mm front
Spokes DT 14/15 spokes, alloy nipples
Tires Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 folding
Saddle WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost Thomson Elite
Seatpost Diameter 30.9
Seatpost Clamp
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
Max. Tire Size 2.5
Bottle Cage Mounts
Warranty Limited Frame Warranty, No-Fault Replacement
Weight N/A
Price $3,399
More Info Santa Cruz website

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