Revealed: Santa Cruz Bantam 130mm Travel 27.5 Bike

27.5 Eurobike
The Bantam is the latest member of the Santa Cruz 27.5 wheel family and it is the 130mm version of the 160mm travel Heckler.

The Santa Cruz Bronson got a shorter travel sibling in the Santa Cruz Solo, so the Heckler gets a shorter travel sibling too with the Santa Cruz Bantam.

It is a single pivot design similar to the Heckler, but it sports a shorter travel of 130mm for a bit more cross-country and trail applications. It’s a capable descender but not everyone needs 160mm of travel, so the Bantam is solution for those that want less.

The Bantam is a bit quicker and is a better climber than the Heckler, but it shares the price at $1299 for the frame. It doesn’t really cost them less to produce a bike with lesser travel, so they just matched the price of the Heckler. The Bantam features a water bottle mount inside the front triangle so the down tube had to be moved to accommodate this.

With complete bikes starting at $2599, the Bantam with a proven single pivot suspension design, is sure to be a hit with value oriented buyers looking for a trail bike.


125mm of single-pivot suspension and a robust collet pivot axle system create a rock-solid trail tool that’s as awesomely simple as it is tough.

27.5″ wheels deliver those fabled rolling benefits without compromising maneuverability, leaving the Bantam fired-up to go the distance if you are.

  • Total frame weight: 6.87 lb (3.12 kg) M size with Fox Float CTD evolution shock.
  • 5” (125mm) single-pivot travel.
  • 27.5” wheels.
  • Dual bottle cage mounts.
  • New 142mm x 12mm rear axle spacing – easier wheel installation.
  • Collet axle pivot – locks in place without pinch bolts.
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness.
  • Standard or direct mount rear derailleur hanger.
  • ISCG-05 chainguide compatibility.
  • 73mm threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation.
  • Two color options: Gloss green w/white decals and Satin black w/white decals
  • Complete bikes starting at $2,599 (US) / $2,999 (CAN) for D-AM kit.
  • Frame $1,299 (US) / $1,450 (CAN) with Fox Float CTD evolution shock.

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  • Conrad says:

    A g8 option, proven design at a price that doesn’t break the bank; well done santa cruz when do we get them??

  • Brooks Yancey says:

    It seems like a lot of companies realized that bombarding the public with high priced carbon bikes was going to do some damage to the weekend warrior market. “Relatively” lower priced aluminum 27.5s seem to be everywhere.

  • Dan says:

    Moderate priced frame that riders can build off of is great! It still feeds the MTB economy with the option for the consumer to spend on accessories they want while building a bike with the latest frame size option. I wonder how light a build this model can tip the scales at?

  • r1Gel says:

    Heavy for a 125-mm travel frame. For the same price of the entry level variant, I’d rather go with a Kona 134. Better rims on the SC, but that’s about it. Dropper post on the Kona seals the deal.

  • Kevin Woodward says:

    Great launch video and love watching Henry shred the trails at Downieville!

  • winsail says:

    That is a heavy frame!

  • Siress says:

    I like this bike a lot, and understand they derived the name from bantamweight classes of martial arts…but even that is derived from it’s original denotative meaning: a small breed of chickens; the male sex of which would be called small cocks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still buying this bike if I’m in the market any time soon, but I need it to be successful enough to be around by that time.

  • r1Gel says:

    I really hope they eventually bring down the frame weight to around 6lbs. I don’t understand why it’s heavy, considering it’s only a single pivot.

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